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Classic Hollywood: Bad Boys: Cagney & Robinson Classics on Chestnut

Classic Hollywood: Bad Boys: Cagney & Robinson

Two gangster classics, released four months apart in 1931, didn’t just launch the careers of James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson. They doomed the pair to being typecast as tough guys. It didn’t matter that Cagney never actually said “You dirty rat!” on film, or that he won an Oscar singing, dancing, and playing Broadway legend George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy. Read More Read More
Classic Hollywood: Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance Classics on Chestnut

Classic Hollywood: Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance

MGM produced great musicals like rabbits reproduce themselves: The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, Singin’ in the Rain, and An American in Paris. RKO cranked out hits starring Astaire & Rogers (Top Hat, Swing Time, Shall We Dance), which didn’t just showcase Fred and Ginger’s fancy footwork, but boasted standards by the Gershwins, Jerome Kern, and Irving Berlin. Read More Read More

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