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Paul Draper (I) (1909–1996)

American tap dancer who was an international star in the 1930's and 1940's. His forte was to tap-dance to any kind of music - jazz, samba, Classical, Baroque - and to adapt his every movement to the character of the music at hand. His career effectively succumbed to the anti- Communist hysteria that existed in the U.S. after World War II, when he ... See full bio »

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Colleen Paul Gordon
The Time of Your Life Harry (the natural-born tap dancing comedian)


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 1949 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
 1948 The Time of Your Life
Harry (the natural-born tap dancing comedian)
 1936 Colleen
Paul Gordon
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 1936 Colleen (original dances created by)
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 1942 Six Hits and a Miss (Short) (performer: "You Gotta Know How to Dance")
 1936 Colleen (performer: "I Don't Have to Dream Again" (1936), "You Gotta Know How to Dance" (1936) - uncredited)
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 1942 Six Hits and a Miss (Short) (acknowledgment)
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 1962-1980 Camera Three (TV Series)
Self / Self - Dancer
- Paul Draper on Tap (1980) ... Self
- Episode dated 25 November 1962 (1962) ... Self - Dancer
 1968 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (TV Series)
- 49 (1968) ... Self
 1955 The Tonight Show (TV Series)
Self - 'All in One' cast / 'Paul Draper'
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 1942 Six Hits and a Miss (Short)

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According to film critic Derek Malcom, Paul Draper was hired to co-star with Bing Crosby in Blue Skies (1946). Crosby got Draper sacked because he wanted Fred Astaire for the part. See more »


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