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Eleanor Powell and Friend

 

Hattip to Bookworm Room.  The Queen of the tap-dancers, Eleanor Powell, filmed this sequence with her dog Buttons, in the film Lady Be Good in 1941.  Powell trained the dog herself, and the filming occurred in her living room in order to make it more comfortable for Buttons as the dog was used to performing there.  Both Powell and her dog give energetic performances and they both seem to be having a good time.

Like Ms. Powell I have performed with canines.  Whenever I attempt to sing, dogs within ear distance are apt to begin to howl, except one peekapoo who would do her best to scramble up me to place a paw on my lips!

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

4 Comments

  1. What a fun number! And she does all sorts of styles, from Broadway/movie tap to what is now called “street tap” and even the sort of acrobatics that are now all the rage on the dancing talent shows. But that is obviously a sound stage and not her living room — unless her living room was the size of a warehouse and had no ceiling.

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