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Hermes Pan: The Man Who Danced with Fred Astaire

John Franceschina

Abstract

This book tells the story of a boy from Tennessee who, armed with only an 8th grade education, an inexhaustible imagination, and an innate talent for dancing becomes the most prolific and popular choreographer of the glory days of the Hollywood musical. As luck would have it, Pan’s movie career began and ended working with Fred Astaire, the most famous dancer on film. The pair made nearly two dozen movies and television shows together and in Astaire, Pan found an artistic soul mate with whom he would develop a symbiotic relationship for the rest of his life. A devout Roman Catholic, Hermes was ... More

Keywords: Hermes Pan, Fred Astaire, Hollywood musicals, Catholicism, homosexualty, Betty Grable, Ann Miller, Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth, June Haver, Linda Darnell

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199754298
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754298.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Franceschina, author
Pennsylvania State University

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