GEORGE RAFT: SISSY BOY DANCER OR TOUGH GUY HOOD?
Last week I posted a wonderfully insane production number from the mostly lost film "Gold Diggers Of Broadway" (1929). (Scroll down to read/watch it). In it I identified an uncredited James Cagney as one of the acrobatic hoofers as well as the credited George Raft, also hoofing it up pre his gangster persona. Above is another, more detailed clip of Raft's extraordinary dance technique from a 1929 crime drama called 'Side Street'. I can only describe his dancing gimmick as a kind of pre-Michael Jackson jazz-age Moonwalk. This time Raft was uncredited, though referred to as 'Georgie'. The set is an art deco apartment which appears to be hosting a desultory party filled with chorus girls who appear to be clad in slips only. As with these other 1920s chorus lines, the girl's routine is woefully staged and performed but Raft takes it over with great aplomb.
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Posted by Raymond De Felitta at 12:29 PM