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Television Documentaries

American Musical Theatre - "American Jazz Dances"

(Dec. 3, 1960, WCBS-TV)

Al Minns and Leon James with Marshall Stearns

American Patrol

Music Short - Tex Beneke with swing dancers in shadow.

Biography - J. Edgar Hoover

(1994 CEL Communications, Inc. in Assn. with A&E Network)
Swing Dancing clip from some film about 16 min into film.

Call of the Jitterbug

Explores the Jitterbug/Lindy Hop dance craze through interviews with musicians and dancers who performed in Harlem's Savoy Ballroom. (35 min, color, video; available through Filmmakers Library, NY)

Whitey's Lindy Hoppers

In-Jazz Way: A Portrait of Mura Dehn

Account of black sorial dance during the 1930s and 1940s with film clips of Harlem's Savoy Ballroom (30 min, color, 16mm film or video; available through Filmmakers Library, NY)

In the Kingdom of Swing

(Short subject on Benny Goodman, PBS in December 1993 - contains film clips from the 1942 movie The Powers Girl)
Dean Collins & Jewel McGowan

Jazz with Pepsi Bethel

(American Authentic Jazz Dance Theatre Company - Pepsi Bethel's company. Listed in Library of Congress)
Contains some Lindy scenes

National Geographic Explorer

Titled "Jitterbug" with Frankie Manning & Norma Miller

Watch Me Move

TV documentary on dance - includes great segment on swing.

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