At arts·meme, we feel no need to publish the words ‘Fred Astaire.’ We believe that the shortened appellation, “god,” will suffice.
Here the 70-year old hoofer (now hoofer-in-heaven) gets pulled, ever modestly and reluctantly, into a solo performance by Bob Hope, this at the 1970 Academy Awards show at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
The brilliant solo (we love his ‘do-the-swim,’ his ‘Mickey Mouse ears’ and ‘chicken walk’) seems at first glance to be improvised. But given our understanding of god’s perfectionist work ethic, this little dance-o was certainly highly rehearsed.
Here’s to the great dance history of Los Angeles! So much of it in the film industry!
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