THE NICHOL--LOONIES: 'DOWN ARGENTINE WAY'
One of the things that keeps the Nicholas Brother's dancing fresh to this day (aside from the fact that they're break-dancing fifty years before the advent of break-dancing) is the strange way in which, though they're each performing the same steps as the other, they seem just a tad out of sync. This isn't by any means due to sloppiness or human error. Rather it gives their routines a jaunty looseness, a jivey relaxation if you will, and allows each brother their own identity in a sense. Fayard is overtly, enthusiastically athletic while Harold--though every bit the stuntman as his brother--moves more sleekly, with a slyer glint in his eye than Fayard, who appears to be as friendly, enthusiastic and uncomplicated as his brother is cunning. The above clip, from 'Down Argentine Way'--a 1940- something vehicle for Bette Grable and Don Ameche--is quite literally the only footage from that film that remains valid or necessary viewing in any way. But how deeply necessary and valid it is...
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Posted by Raymond De Felitta at 2:54 PM