Radio City Revels (1938)

Benjamin Stoloff
When Frankie Manning finally got to see the Whiteys Lindy Hoppers sequence of the 1938 film “Radio City Revels” it was well into the 1990s. He was disappointed to discover that most of his shine had been cut from the dance sequence in the film. This may be because it violated the standards of the Hollywood censors of the day. In his shine Frankie did a comedy step that Jerome Williams had popularized, as in this publicity picture from the Big Apple dancers performance in Australia in 1938. In the step, Jerome focuses completely on his partner’s rear end and gets up close, doggie style. Frankie’s rendition of the step ended up on the cutting room floor.

In addition to the Lindy Hop dance sequence in this film, Herbert White, of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers fame, had a cameo appearance carrying a tray of food. He is identifiable by the white streak in his hair.


Ann Miller: Rhythm Tap
Buster West: Tap, Eccentric

Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers:
Lindy Hop
Frankie Manning
Lucille Middleton
Eddie Davis
George Grenidge
Mildred Pollard (Sandra Gibson)
Tiny Bunch
Dot Johnson

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