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The Cotton Club. [Outtakes] [videorecording]

Title
The Cotton Club. [Outtakes] [videorecording] / directed by Francis Ford Coppola ; produced by Robert Evans ; tap choreography by Henry Le Tang ; tap improvography by Gregory Hines ; original music by John Barry.
Publication
[1983?]

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Description
1 videocassette (VHS, NTSC) (51 min.) : sd., col.; 1/2 in.
Donor/Sponsor
Gift of Pamela Koslow.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Dance.
  • Motion pictures.
  • Outtakes.
  • Video.
Note
  • For the completed version of The Cotton Club, see: *MGZIA 4-433.
  • Performers identified by Jane Goldberg.
  • Letterbox format. Time codes and take numbers on frame.
Credits (note)
  • Principal choreographer, Michael Smuin ; production design, Richard Sylbert ; costumes, Milena Canonero.
Performer (note)
  • Gregory Hines (Sandman Williams); Lonette McKee (Lila Rose Oliver); Richard Gere (Dixie Dwyer); Charles "Honi" Coles (Sugar Coates); Gwen Verdon (Tish Dwyer); Ralph Brown, Buster Brown, Harold Cromer, Jimmy Slyde, Maurice Hines, Jr., Charles "Cookie" Cook, Henry "Phace" Roberts (hoofers); Benny Clory, Bernard Manners (dancers); others.
Contents
  • [Hoofers' club scene] (ca. 3 min.) / no take number on frame; challenge dance performed (in order of appearance) by Honi Coles, Ralph Brown, unidentified man, Lonette McKee, Buster Brown, Harold Cromer, Gregory Hines, Jimmy Slyde, Maurice Hines and Gregory Hines. Charles "Cookie" Cook and Henry "Phace" Roberts look on but do not dance solos. The finished version of this scene appears at ca. 46 min. into the film.
  • [Hoofers' club scene] (ca. 3 min.) / no take number on frame; see cast above.
  • [Take #0016-004] (ca. 40 sec.) / brief dialogue by Gregory Hines and Lonette McKee; view of children tap dancing.
  • [Take #0022-001] (ca. 3 min.) / song and dance solo by Gregory Hines, accompanied by pianist.
  • [Take #0023-001] (ca. 2 min.) / tight shot of the song and dance solo by Gregory Hines; see above.
  • [Take #828A-004] (ca. 1 min.) / view of the exterior of the Cotton Club, with marquee and neon sign; man dances on sidewalk. The finished version of this scene appears at ca. 42 min. into the film.
  • [Takes #0300-001 and 0301-001] (ca. 2 min.) / foreshortened views of a male dancer (Gregory Hines?), filmed from below, possibly through a glass floor; in the first take, he wears a dark suit; in the second, a pale suit. The footage in the dark suit appears under the closing credits of the completed film.
  • [Take #506B-005] (ca. 2 min.) / Gregory Hines and an ensemble of six women perform the song and dance number "Copper colored gal of mine."
  • [Take #0517-007] (ca. 40 sec.) / conclusion of the number "Copper colored gal of mine," performed by Gregory Hines and a six-woman ensemble. At the end, Hines kicks away a gun silhouetted in the foreground. The finished version of this scene appears at ca. 111 min. into the film.
  • [Take #533A-001] (ca. 7 min.) / solo dance by Gregory Hines, beginning upstage and moving down; includes stair dance. The finished version of this scene appears at ca. 112 min. into the film.
  • [Take #787A-007] (ca. 1 min.) / scene at Grand Central Terminal; begins with a silhouetted man dancing on a stack of suitcases; Dixie Dwyer (played by Richard Gere) says good-by to his mother Tish (Gwen Verdon); after he leaves, Tish begins to dance with a child dancer. The finished version of this scene appears at ca. 122 min. into the film.
  • [Take #493A-001] (ca. 2 min.) / male duet including splits in the style of the Nicholas Brothers, performed by Benny Clory and another dancer. Clory died in an accident while rehearsing for the film.
  • [Exterior scene] (ca. 1 min.) / no take number on frame. Sandman (Gregory Hines) dances down the stoop of a brownstone; followed by dialogue between him and his brother Clay (played by his real-life brother Maurice). The finished version of this scene appears at ca. 12 min. into the film.
  • [Take #293A-009] (ca. 1 min.) / song and dance by a male trio in pale-colored top hats, tails, and canes; cast includes Bernard Manners.
  • [Take #295A-002] (ca. 3 min.) / dance, including acrobatic tricks, by the male trio above.
  • [Take #451B-003] (ca. 3 min.) / stair dance to "New low down," in the style of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, by Gregory Hines and an ensemble of six women. The finished version of this scene appears at ca. 97 min. into the film.
  • [Take #303A-002] (ca. 3 min.) / finale of a performance at the Cotton Club, including performers in various costumes; among them are Gregory Hines and Maurice Hines in dark suits.
  • [Take #320A-006] (ca. 3 min.) / one-man dance by six identically-dressed men in a file, moving as a single body; cast includes Bernard Manners. This dance was made famous by Henry "Phace" Roberts' group the Rockets
  • [Take #330A-002] (ca. 2 min.) / duet to "Breaking in a new pair of shoes," danced by Gregory Hines and Maurice Hines, costumed in the dark suits they wear in Take #303A-002 above. The finished version of this scene appears at ca. 38 min. in the film.
  • [Take #616A-002] (ca. 4 min.) / Clay Williams (Maurice Hines) sings "Crazy rhythm," then pauses to introduce his brother Sandman (Gregory Hines); both dance. The finished version of this scene appears at ca. 85 min. into the film.
  • [Take #615A-003] (ca. 4 min.) / tight shot of the "Crazy rhythm" scene above.
Call Number
*MGZIA 4-7674
Title
The Cotton Club. [Outtakes] [videorecording] / directed by Francis Ford Coppola ; produced by Robert Evans ; tap choreography by Henry Le Tang ; tap improvography by Gregory Hines ; original music by John Barry.
Imprint
[1983?]
Credits
Principal choreographer, Michael Smuin ; production design, Richard Sylbert ; costumes, Milena Canonero.
Cast
Gregory Hines (Sandman Williams); Lonette McKee (Lila Rose Oliver); Richard Gere (Dixie Dwyer); Charles "Honi" Coles (Sugar Coates); Gwen Verdon (Tish Dwyer); Ralph Brown, Buster Brown, Harold Cromer, Jimmy Slyde, Maurice Hines, Jr., Charles "Cookie" Cook, Henry "Phace" Roberts (hoofers); Benny Clory, Bernard Manners (dancers); others.
Summary
Outtakes of scenes from Francis Ford Coppola's film The Cotton Club, which was released in early 1984. Some of these scenes do not appear in the completed film.
Local Subject
Motion pictures. The Cotton Club.
Added Author
Coppola, Francis Ford, 1939- film director.
Evans, Robert, 1930-2019, film producer.
Le Tang, Henry, choreographer.
Hines, Gregory, choreographer.
Hines, Gregory, performer.
Barry, John, 1933-2011. Composer
Sylbert, Richard. Designer
Canonera, Milena. Costume designer
McKee, Lonette. Performer
Gere, Richard, 1949- Performer
Coles, Honi, 1911-1992. Performer
Hines, Maurice. Performer
Slyde, Jimmy. Performer
Brown, Ralph. Performer
Roberts, Henry. Performer
Brown, Buster, 1913-2002. Performer
Cromer, Harold. Performer
Cook, Charles, 1917-1991. Performer
Verdon, Gwen. Performer
Clory, Benny. Performer
Manners, Bernard. Performer
Added Title
Gift of Pamela Koslow.
Research Call Number
*MGZIA 4-7674
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