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Alexander's Ragtime Band

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Released in 1938, and one of the most entertaining musicals of the decade, this film celebrated the work of one of America’s all-time great songwriters - Irving Berlin. The slight ...

Alexander's Ragtime Band

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The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Performing arts, Music
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308 words
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... Darryl F. Zanuck production. It cost a staggering $2 million but the box office was so healthy that other Berlin anthology movies followed. Alexander's Ragtime Band . Irving Berlin refused to let Hollywood make a musical biography of his life but at least we have this song-packed film that came close. Tyrone Power (pictured with Alice Faye) played a composer–pianist who writes the pseudo-rag hit “Alexander's Ragtime Band” and becomes famous....

Alexander's Ragtime Band

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
Length:
251 words

...'s Ragtime Band Released in 1938, and one of the most entertaining musicals of the decade, this film celebrated the work of one of America’s all-time great songwriters - Irving Berlin . The slight plot concerning the erratic domestic and professional arrangements of band leader Alexander (Tyrone Power) and singer Stella Kirby ( Alice Faye ), was merely an occasional diversion compared to the continual flow of wonderful songs that effectively traced the evolution of popular song through a period of nearly 30 years. They included ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band...

Alexander's Ragtime Band

Alexander's Ragtime Band  

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Music
Released in 1938, and one of the most entertaining musicals of the decade, this film celebrated the work of one of America’s all-time great songwriters - Irving Berlin. The slight ...
Henry King

Henry King  

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Music
(1892–1982).Film director. A much-demanded Hollywood director with over fifty films to his credit, he helmed all genres and made eight musicals. King was born in Christiansburg, Virginia, where he ...
Ruth Terry

Ruth Terry  

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Music
(1920– ).Film and television performer. An estimable song stylist, she was starred in a dozen Hollywood musicals but they were B pictures and she never became widely famous. Terry was ...
Dixie Dunbar

Dixie Dunbar  

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Music
(1919–1991).Film and stage performer. A perky, tap-dancing treat who was in both Broadway and Hollywood musicals as a youngster, she shone in a dozen screen musicals and then retired ...
Darryl Zanuck

Darryl Zanuck  

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Music
(1902–1979).Film producer and writer. The legendary movie mogul who was instrumental in the development of talkies, he managed two famous studios and then continued presenting films as an independent ...
Grady Sutton

Grady Sutton  

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Music
(1908–1995).Film and television performer. A paunchy character actor who was expert at playing dull-witted, rural hicks, he popped up in many film musicals from the 1930s through the 1960s. ...
Helen Westley

Helen Westley  

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(1875–1942).Stage and film performer. A very busy character actress with a severe pinched face that made her ideal for spinsters and villainesses, she had an active theatre career followed ...
Tyrone Power

Tyrone Power  

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Music
(1913–1958).Film and stage performer. A popular matinee idol in various genres of film, the handsome nonsinging actor shone in leading roles in a handful of movie musicals. Power was ...
Seymour Felix

Seymour Felix  

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Music
(1892–1961).Stage and film choreographer and director. A top Hollywood choreographer and sometime director, he also had his fair share of hits on Broadway in the 1920s. Felix was born ...
Alfred Newman

Alfred Newman  

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Music
B. 17 March 1901, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, d. 17 February 1970, Hollywood, California, USA. An important figure in the history of film music, Newman was a composer, conductor, arranger ...
Jack Haley

Jack Haley  

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Music
(1902–79), comic actor.Born in Boston, the wide‐eyed, eager comedian made his professional debut in vaudeville in the early 1920s when he teamed with Charlie Crafts as Crafts and Haley. ...
Alice Faye

Alice Faye  

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Music
(1915–1998).Film and stage performer. The queen of 20th Century-Fox musicals in the late 1930s and 1940s, the shapely blonde's husky speaking voice and deep contralto singing voice were a ...
Don Ameche

Don Ameche  

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Music
(1908–1993).Stage, film, and television performer. The dapper, mustachioed leading man gave some fine performances on the New York stage but always had better luck in Hollywood. Ameche was born ...
20th Century-Fox

20th Century-Fox  

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Music
The film studio was formed in 1935 with a merger between the established Fox Film Corporation, going back to the nickelodeon days and incorporated in 1915, and the newly formed ...
Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin  

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Music
1888–1989)US songwriter. He wrote more than fifteen hundred songs, many of which acquired worldwide familiarity. Bing Crosby's recording of his ‘White Christmas’ became the best-selling record of all ...
Ethel Merman

Ethel Merman  

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Music
(1909–84)American singer and actress. Born Ethel Zimmerman, the former stenographer was vaulted to fame in the Gershwins' Girl Crazy (1930), in which she introduced ‘I Got Rhythm’. With her ...
Ragtime

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Badger Reid

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

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2013

...most basic, ragtime rhythms consisted of a syncopated treble line (melody) juxtaposed against a regular bass and chord (harmony) pulse. By the mid-1890s, such rhythms were being applied to both the standard form of the march and the song form. The emerging popular-music business, centralized in New York City after 1900 , quickly appropriated both ragtime rhythms and the expression (Irving Berlin's “Alexander's Ragtime Band” of 1911 is a notable example). In addition, beginning with the Cakewalk fad of the 1890s, the association of ragtime with new forms...

Ragtime

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The Oxford Companion to United States History

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
Length:
581 words

...most basic, ragtime rhythms consisted of a syncopated treble line (melody) juxtaposed against a regular bass and chord (harmony) pulse. By the mid-1890s, such rhythms were being applied to both the standard form of the march and to the song form. The emerging popular-music business, centralized in New York City after 1900 , quickly appropriated both ragtime rhythms and the expression (Irving Berlin 's Alexander's Ragtime Band of 1911 is a notable example). In addition, beginning with the Cakewalk fad of the 1890s, the association of ragtime with new...

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