11/27/16

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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5 comments:

  1. Fayard Nicholas vs. Sammy Davis Jr.
    Harold Nicholas vs. Bill Robinson
    Gregory Hines vs. Jimmy Slyde
    Fred Astaire vs. Dan Dailey

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  2. https://moviecriticdave.blogspot.com/2016/11/rapid-reviews-billy-lynns-long-halftime.html?showComment=1480359987221#c3284604612528253883

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  3. I have a still of the Nicholas Brothers, high in the air, legs wide apart, in front of the smoky Chattanooga Choo Choo, on my way wall in front of the computer. It is autographed by Fayard. I do have an autograph of Harold (we met when he sang Fred Astaire songs) and his phone number--but I never called! They were the best!

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  4. Hey Danny

    Would love to see that photo. Did you grab it or is it an actual still? Hope you're well!

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