Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Fred...1st Installment!

 Fred and Adele Austerlitz, ages 7 and 10 respectively,
from Omaha, Nebraska...
moved with their parents to New York City in 1905.
Their act, called
"Juvenile Artists Presenting an Electric Musical Toe-Dancing Novelty," 
debuted in Keyport, NJ, in 1906.

 They played the Orpheum Circuit, then Broadway,
first in Over the Top, 1917.
Funny Face, Lady Be Good and The Bandwagon followed.

 Once Adele left to marry a Lord (!!!) in 1933,
Fred finally clinched that Hollywood contract,
and eventually teamed with Ginger...

 Puttin' On the Ritz,
(it's all smoke and mirrors!) from Blue Skies...1946,
a routine that took 
"5 weeks of back breaking work to stage." 
Despite his second billing to Crosby (again!),
this dance is the only thing really memorable from that film.

 He'd dance with ANYBODY!
Here with Harpo, of course.

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