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Hermes PanThe Man Who Danced with Fred Astaire$
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John Franceschina

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199754298

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754298.001.0001

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Red Robins, Bob Whites, and Bluebirds

Red Robins, Bob Whites, and Bluebirds

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(p.128) 6 Red Robins, Bob Whites, and Bluebirds
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Hermes Pan
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John Franceschina

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754298.003.0006

After Hermes Pan completed work on Betty Grable’s Sweet Rosie O’Grady he was invited by Cole Porter to choreograph Mexican Hayride on Broadway but refused, preferring to continue his career on the West Coast. Following the production of Pin Up Girl, however, Pan grew dissatisfied with Hollywood and entered the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani with the view of becoming a monk. Realizing that monastic life was not to his taste, he returned to the West Coast only to be introduced to muralist Diego Rivera who invited Pan to Mexico and painted his portrait. Back at Fox Pan continues turning out musical films including Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair before he is lent out to Paramount to choreograph Irving Berlin’s Blue Skies starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby and featuring “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” After the completion of That Lady in Ermine, Fox drops Pan’s option.

Keywords:   Betty Grable, Cole Porter, Sweet Rosie O’Grady, Mexican Hayride, Pin Up Girl, Diego Rivera, State Fair, Blue Skies, monastic life, That Lady in Ermine

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