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I like watching dancing routines form the Golden Age of Hollywood. Everyone looks so happy. I thought I'd start posting some of them just to cheer us up. Here are a couple great ones from Gene Kelly.

 
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Then there's Bobby Van's famous "jumping" dance. A simple idea, tremendous stamina, (with a few barely discernible cuts), plus some great arches makes for a great dance!

 

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Donald O'Connor's classic "Make 'Em Laugh" Routine:




Backstory #1: That was take #2. O'Connor had spent three days in bed after the first take, (he was a chain-smoker), but there had been a problem with the camera so he had to do it again.
 

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Backstory #2: The song was a rip-off of "Be A Clown, which Cole Porter had written for another Gene Kelly film from 4 years before called "The Pirate". But Porter, for some reason, never filed a lawsuit over it. otherwise, it might not be in the film.


 

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Gene's dance partners in "Be a Clown" were the fabulous Nicholas brothers, who performed what, by acclamation , is the most spectacular dance number in the history of the movies in "Stormy Weather" (1943):


Imagine what their groin muscles must have been like!
 

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It's hard to believe that the Nicholas Brothers had any rivals but in 1938 they had a 'dance off' at the Cotton Club with the Berry Brothers and, while the results are disputed, many came away thinking the Berrys had won the evening. See what you think.

 

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