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When Broadway Went to Hollywood$
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Ethan Mordden

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199395408

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199395408.001.0001

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George and Ira Gershwin

George and Ira Gershwin

(p.75) Chapter 4 George and Ira Gershwin
When Broadway Went to Hollywood

Ethan Mordden

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the Hollywood musicals of George and Ira Gershwin. It considers films such as Shall We Dance (1937), A Damsel in Distress (1937), and The Goldwyn Follies (1938). Shall We Dance, for instance, was one of the glories of 1930s cinema. It was the first Astaire-Rogers teaming and built around a truly Gershwinesque theme: pop vs. classical. The vocals occupy a unique niche in Gershwin's output, as they are definitely popular yet highly innovative—not as grandly evolved as Porgy and Bess but more advanced than anything in George's Broadway musical comedies. The musical score for The Goldwyn Follies was the last one George produced before his death in 1937.

Keywords:   songwriters, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, composers, lyricists, Shall We Dance, The Goldwyn Follies

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