Eddie Cantor: a life in show business
In an era dominated by the likes of W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, and Laurel and Hardy, no entertainer was more popular over a long period of time than Eddie Cantor. At various times he was the most celebrated performer on the vaudeville circuit, on Broadway, and in radio, television and film. Today many film historians ignore the contributions of Cantor. Unlike his contemporaries, he was never recognized for a comedic style. Instead he relied on his high energy performances to entertain audiences on their level. He tailored his career to give his fans what they wanted, and he was wildly successful at doing just that. This is a comprehensive look at the career of the consummate show businessman.
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