Jimmy Durante: His Show Business Career, with an Annotated Filmography and Discography

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McFarland, Mar 7, 2007 - Performing Arts - 303 pages
From his humble beginnings as a Coney Island piano player, Jimmy Durante was one of America’s best-loved entertainers for nearly seven decades. Known for his distinctive “schnozzle” and raspy voice, the multitalented performer became a stage, screen and recording star. Every aspect of Jimmy Durante’s career is covered here: his early vaudeville and Broadway days; the 38 movies he made; his radio appearances; the mixture of new and old material he brought to television in the late 1950s; and his work as a singer and composer.
 

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Contents

Overview of a Career
3
Ragtime and Nightclubs
11
Vaudeville and Broadway
31
Movies
55
Radio
97
Television and Nightclubs
129
Conclusion
173
Appendices
193
Bibliography
267
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David Bakish is an English professor at the City University of New York.

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