On a desktop with many books, familiar characters in literature (such as Captain Kidd, Huckleberry Finn, Robinson Crusoe, and Rip Van Winkle) come out of their books after dark. When the ... See full summary »

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On a desktop with many books, familiar characters in literature (such as Captain Kidd, Huckleberry Finn, Robinson Crusoe, and Rip Van Winkle) come out of their books after dark. When the book "Minstrel Days" is placed on the desk, the people who emerge from this book put on an old fashioned minstrel show, with comedians, an orchestra, chorus, and dancing girls. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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3 February 1940 (USA)  »

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Broadway Brevities (1939-1940 season) #5: One for the Book  »

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Bandana Days
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Music by Eubie Blake
Lyrics by Noble Sissle
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"ONE FOR THE BOOKS" - Hal Sherman
20 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hal Sherman, my internationally renown hoofer dad, is absolutely delightful in this fun B movie from the 1930s, filled with story book characters like Rip Van Winkle, Huck Finn, Cinderella and my dad as a Victorian comedian.

Hal Sherman tells a few corny Vaudeville jokes, then slips and slides across the stage in Victorian baggy suit and top hat in his inimitable Chaplinesque eccentric dance style.

In a Parisian review in the 1920s he was described as the "Charlie of the Dance." In "One For The Book" Sherman does the "moonwalk" long before Michael Jackson and appears to skate while not moving anything but his rubber legs.

My son, "Dustbrothers" music producer, my grandson, nor I had seen my father dance, so we were delighted to find this film.

A limited edition of one hundred, signed and numbered books, "One For The Book" which will include dance clip, Parisian review (1928) and caricatures of the eccentric dancer is in the works.


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