Appeared (as "Rafe") in "Beg, Borrow or Steal" on Broadway (1960). Musical. Music by Leon Pober
. Lyrics by Bud Freeman
. Material by Bud Freeman. Based on a story by Bud Freeman and Marvin Seiger. Music orchestrated by Peter Matz
and Hal Hidey
. Choreographed by Peter Hamilton. Directed by Billy Matthews. Martin Beck Theatre: 10 ...
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[on 'the Jolson Story'] In the beginning Jolson wanted to play himself. Well, that's understandable, but he was too old. He was sixty-eight. So then he wanted James Cagney for the role, but he had just finished playing George M. Cohan. Jolson was never too happy with me. And I had another problem. All of Jolson's movies were for Warner Brothers and we were making 'The Jolson Story' at Columbia. ...
After his film career was destroyed, he found intermittent work on stage in such plays as "The Teahouse of the August Moon," "Any Wednesday" and "The Tunnel of Love." He and his wife also worked up nightclub singing/comedy acts along with appearing in legit plays. Although Parks never quite shook off the blacklist incident, he won a role in John Huston