George Gershwin rehearsals

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George Gershwin rehearsals
Gershwin, George, 1898-1937 (Composer)
Gershwin, George, 1898-1937 (Instrumentalist)
Bubbles, John W. (Performer)

General Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1930 - 1939 (Approximate)
Table of Contents
Strike up the band (rehearsal excerpt, sd.); George Gershwin at piano, playing I got rhythm -- Gershwin and actress Paulette Goddard at a Hollywood tennis club (si.) -- Gershwin on Fire Island with friends, including composer Kay Swift (si.) -- Party in Harlem (si.); guests include singer Anne Brown, conductor Alexander Smallens, and director Rouben Mamoulin -- Porgy and Bess (rehearsal excerpts, si.); on camera are Mamoulian and tap dancer John W. Bubbles, in the role of Sportin' Life -- Bubbles dancing at a railway station (si.) -- Strike up the band (rehearsal excerpt, sd.); includes a tap dance to the title song -- Party in Harlem (si.) -- Porgy and Bess (rehearsal or performance excerpts, si.).
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 1386
Tap dancing
Gershwin, George, 1898-1937
Opera ballet
Theater rehearsals
Goddard, Paulette, 1911-1990
Swift, Kay, 1897-1993
Brown, Anne, 1912-2009
Smallens, Alexander, 1889-1972
Mamoulian, Rouben
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Motion pictures
Documentary films
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (10 min.) : sound, and silent, black and white ; 3/4 in.
Compilation of brief film clips of George Gershwin and others in rehearsals, performances, and private life. Most of the footage is silent.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12168330
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7d9becf0-0826-0131-aef5-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1898: Creator Born
  • 1930: Created (Approximate)
  • 1937: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "George Gershwin rehearsals" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1930 - 1939.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "George Gershwin rehearsals" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 30, 2023.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1930 - 1939). George Gershwin rehearsals Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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George Gershwin rehearsals