Symphony in Black

A Rhapsody of Negro Life 10 mins., black & white, 16mm. FAB 6260 Paramount Pictures, 1935. Director: Fred Waller; Photography: William Steiner, Jr. Valburn/Ellington Collection of the Library of Congress This film of extraordinary historic and esthetic interest features Duke Ellington at the piano presumably composing the title symphony, crosscut with shots of a band […]

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Swingin’ at the Savoy

Not to be confused with the book by the same name by original Lindy Hopper Norma Miller. I guess the name was too good to resist! Produced by Living Traditions, the people responsible for the very successful Lindy Hop revival in Seattle, this recent documentary provides an intimate glimpse of Lindy Hopper Frank Manning. Frankie […]

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Swing Kids

1993 Directed by Thomas Carter The Lindy Hop scenes in Swing Kids were choreographed under Otis Sallid by Ryan Francois, a very talented young Lindy Hopper at the time. Sallid met Francois while both were working on the Savoy Ballroom scene in the film Malcolm X. Both of these films have had an important influence […]

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The Spirit Moves

Part 1: Jazz Dance from the Turn of the Century ’til 1950 1950 Produced, directed, edited, and narrated by Mura Dehn. Camera: Herbert Matter Mura Dehn was a Russian emigre to the United States in the 1930s. She was so impressed with the African-American social dance that she saw in New York City that it […]

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Radio City Revels

RKO Benjamin Stoloff 1938 Frankie Manning’s shine was cut from the dance sequence in the film. This may be because it didn’t meet the standards of the censors of the film; in his shine Frankie did a step that Jerome Williams had popularized, as in this publicity picture from the Big Apple dancers performance in […]

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Queen of Swing

A documentary about Norma Miller By John Biffar This content was originally written by Judy Pritchett with Frank Manning. Copyright, 1995, 1996, 1997 for the savoystyle.com. It may not be reproduced without written permission. Please use the contact form on this website to get in touch. This Biography is also part of the World Lindy […]

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Manhattan Merry-Go-Round

USA 1937 82 mins. Black and White Republic Pictures A musical revue with an all-star cast that includes Cab Calloway and his Orchestra, Ted Lewis and his Orchestra, Louis Prima and his Band, Gene Autry, and Joe DiMaggio. Manhattan Merry-Go-Round has a storyline about gangsters taking over a radio station. Variety Magazine of the day […]

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Malcolm X

1992 Directed by Spike Lee In this film of the life of  the great African American activist Malcolm X, his early fascination with Lindy Hop is portrayed with exciting dance scenes. The dancing was choreographed by Otis Sallid who supplied the staging. Frankie Manning was dance consultant and provided the authentic Lindy Hop styling, steps […]

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Killer Diller

All-American News 1948 Director: Josh Binney Producer: E. M. Glucksman Story/Screenplay: Hal Seeger Photographer: Lester Lang Editor: L. Hesse Music: Rene J. Hall. 73 mins., black & white, 35mm. FGC 2380-83 The Congaroo Dancers do a Lindy Hop routine next to a prop palm tree. They dance extremely fast with excellent execution to the music […]

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Hellzapoppin’

1941 Directed by H. C. Potter This movie, based on a hit Broadway play, showcases Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers dancing the most famous and most spectacular Lindy Hop scene ever preserved on film. The dancing was choreographed by Frankie Manning. The scene starts when Slim Galliard and Slam Stewart, in workmen’s garb, discover some musical instruments […]

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