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Jeni LeGon [videorecording] : living in a great big way

Title
Jeni LeGon [videorecording] : living in a great big way / produced by the National Film Board of Canada ; directed by Grant Greschuk ; produced by Selwyn Jacob.
Publication
Canada : National Film Board of Canada, 1999 ; New York, N.Y. : Cinema Guild.

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Additional Authors
  • Cinema Guild.
  • Duncan, Bill.
  • Frank, Rusty E.
  • Greschuk, Grant.
  • Howard, Kirby.
  • Jacob, Selwyn J.
  • Johnson, Ercelle.
  • Le Gon, Jeni, 1916-
  • Maxie, Judith.
  • McCrea, Gordon.
  • Nason, Kent.
  • National Film Board of Canada.
  • Nicholas, Fayard,
  • Nicholas, Fayard.
  • Ozier, David.
  • Perry, Chancz.
  • Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949,
  • Svab, Lenka.
Description
1 videodisc (NTSC) (48 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences; 4 3/4 in.
Donor/Sponsor
Gift of D'Lana Lockett, additional copy.
Alternative Title
Living in a great big way
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Biographies.
  • Dance.
  • Documentaries and factual films and programs.
Credits (note)
  • Original concept, Grant Greschuk, David Ozier; editing, Lenka Svab; cinematography, Kent Nason; research, Judith Maxie; executive producer, Gordon McCrea.
Funding (note)
  • This videorecording was preserved with support provided in part by Save America's Treasures through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
System Details (note)
  • DVD.
Call Number
*MGZIDVD 5-1920
Title
Jeni LeGon [videorecording] : living in a great big way / produced by the National Film Board of Canada ; directed by Grant Greschuk ; produced by Selwyn Jacob.
Imprint
Canada : National Film Board of Canada, 1999 ; New York, N.Y. : Cinema Guild.
Country of Producing Entity
Canada.
Credits
Original concept, Grant Greschuk, David Ozier; editing, Lenka Svab; cinematography, Kent Nason; research, Judith Maxie; executive producer, Gordon McCrea.
Performer
Interviewees: Jeni LeGon, with Fayard Nicholas, Kirby Howard, Rusty Frank, Bill Duncan, Chancz Perry, Ercelle Johnson.
Summary
Profile of African-American tap dancer, singer, and actor Jeni LeGon, whose illustrious career included numerous Hollywood films, stage shows, television, and tours in the U.S. and abroad. As a dancer, she rivaled the feats of male performers such as the Nicholas Brothers, and performed with tap dancing legend Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. In Hollywood, she became one of the first African-American entertainers under contract to MGM. The program contains clips from many of her films and musicals, among them Hooray for love, Fools for scandal, Ali Baba goes to town, Sundown, Somebody loves me, Double deal, and Hi de ho. While discussing her achievements, LeGon also recalls the racism she encountered both in professional and private life. In her later career, she became an inspirational and beloved teacher first in Los Angeles, where she opened her own school, then in Vancouver, where she now resides.
Funding
This videorecording was preserved with support provided in part by Save America's Treasures through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
System Details
DVD.
Local Note
Former classmark: *MGZIA 4-7366.
Added Author
Le Gon, Jeni, 1916- Singer
Le Gon, Jeni, 1916- Interviewee
Le Gon, Jeni, 1916- dancer.
Le Gon, Jeni, 1916- Actor
Nicholas, Fayard, dancer.
Nicholas, Fayard. Interviewee
Frank, Rusty E. Interviewee
Duncan, Bill. Interviewee
Howard, Kirby. Interviewee
Perry, Chancz. Interviewee
Johnson, Ercelle. Interviewee
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949, dancer.
Greschuk, Grant. Conceptor. Director
Ozier, David. Conceptor
Jacob, Selwyn J. Producer
McCrea, Gordon. Producer
Svab, Lenka. Editor
Nason, Kent. Cinematographer
Maxie, Judith. Researcher
National Film Board of Canada.
Cinema Guild.
Added Title
Living in a great big way
Gift of D'Lana Lockett, additional copy.
Research Call Number
*MGZIDVD 5-1920
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