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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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Hermes Pan

John Franceschina

Oxford University Press

After leaving RKO Hermes Pan joins Fred Astaire at Paramount to choreograph Second Chorus and Danny Dare at Republic Pictures to choreograph Hit Parade of 1941 before signing with Twentieth Century-Fox to choreograph That Night in Rio with Alice Faye, Don Ameche, and Carmen Miranda. While at Fox Hermes initiates weekly luncheon discussion groups on topics ranging from religion to philosophy, one of the core participants of which, Angela (“Angie”) Blue becomes Pan’s favorite assistant and “dance-in” for films starring Betty Grable. At Grable’s request, Hermes appears onscreen as her dancing partner in several films, including Moon Over Miami, Footlight Serenade, and Coney Island. In his early days at Fox, Pan also designs dances for Sonja Henie, Rita Hayworth, and George Murphy.

Keywords:   Second Chorus, Danny Dare, Paramount, Republic Pictures, Twentieth Century-Fox, That Night in Rio, Alice Faye, Moon Over Miami, Footlight Serenade, Coney Island

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