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The Film Career of Tap Dancer Eleanor Powel

Films of the 1930's and 1940's featuring legendary tap dancer Eleanor Powell.
Eleanor Powell Tap Dancing

1930's

YEAR: 1930
FILM TITLE: Queen High
ELEANOR POWELL'S ROLE: Uncredited tap dancer
VIDEOS:
This Queen High Dance Video features a teenage Eleanor Powell toward the end of the dance. She is the dancer with a Louise Brooks style hair bob who is lifted onto a table-top chess board where she performs a tap dance.
ABOUT THE FILM: TCM | IMDB | Wikipedia

YEAR; 1935
FILM TITLE: George White's 1935 Scandals
ELEANOR POWELL'S ROLE: Marilyn Collins
NOTE: This was Eleanor Powell's first credited film role
VIDEOS:
- "It's an old Southern Custom" Night Club Tap Dance
ABOUT THE FILM: TCM | IMDB | Wikipedia

YEAR: 1935
FILM TITLE: Broadway Melody of 1936
ELEANOR POWELL'S ROLE: Irene Foster
VIDEOS:
- "Sing Before Breakfast" (with Buddy Epsen and his siter Vilma)
- "You Are My Lucky Star" (ballet with chorus)
-
Nightclub Tap Dance in a Sparkley Top Hat and Tails
ABOUT THE FILM: Trailer | TCM | IMDB | Wikipedia

YEAR: 1936
FILM TITLE: Born to Dance
ELEANOR POWELL ROLE: Nora Page
VIDEOS:
- Rehearsal Scene Tap Dance
- Rap, Tap on Wood Tap Dance With The Foursome
- Hey Babe Hey (Eleanor Powell with Buddy Ebseb and Others)
-
Swingin the Jinx Away Grand Finale
ABOUT THE FILM: Trailer | TCM | IMDB | Wikipedia

YEAR: 1937
FILM TITLE: Broadway Melody of 1938
ELEANOR POWELL'S ROLE: Sally Lee
TAP DANCING VIDEOS
- "Follow I My Footsteps" with Buddy Epsen and George Murphy
- "I'm Feelin Like a Million" with Geore Murphy
- Nightclub Dance with Chorus of Tap dancers
-
Nightclub Scene "Broadway Rhythm" Finale Tap Dance (from which film?)
ABOUT THE FILM: Trailer | TCM | IMDB | Wikipedia

Your Broadway and My Broadway I'm Feeling Like a Million with George Murphy)
Tails
Finale |

YEAR: 1937
FILM TITLE: Rosalie
ROLE PLAYED BY ELEANOR POWELL: Rosalie
TAP DANCING VIDEOS:
- "Rosalie" Danced on a Giant Drum Set
- I've a Strange New Rhythm in My Heart
- Tap Dancing with West Point Cadets
ABOUT THE FILM: Trailer | TCM | IMDB | Wikipedia

YEAR: 1939:
FILM TITLE: Honolulu
ROLE PLAYED BY ELEANOR POWELL: Dorothy "Dot" March
TAP DANCING VIDEOS:
- "Honolulu" Jump Rope Tap Dance With Gracie Allen
- "Hola E Pae Hawaiian Medley" Tap Dance
- Eleanor Powell as Bill Robinson Tap DaAncing Medley
- "Got a New Pair of Shoes" Tap Dance (cut from the film)
ABOUT THE FILM: Trailer | TCM | IMDB | Wikipedia

1940's

YEAR: 1940
FILM TITLE: Broadway Melody of 1940
ROLE PLAYED BY ELEANOR POWELL: Clare Bennett
TAP DANCING VIDEOS:
- "Begin the Beguine" With Fred Astaire
- "Jukebox Dance" With Fred Astaire
ABOUT THE FILM: Trailer | TCM | IMDB | Wikipedia

YEAR: 1941
FILM TITLE: Lady Be Good
ROLE PLAYED BY ELEANOR POWELL: Marilyn Marsh
TAP DANCING VIDEOS:
- "Fascinatin' Rhythm" Tap Dance
- "Fascinatin' Rhythm Tap Dance" (Behind the Scenes)
- Eleanor Tap Dancing With Buttons, the Trained Dog II
ABOUT THE FILM: TCM | IMDB | Wikipedia

YEAR: 1942
FILM TITLE: Ship Ahoy
ROLE PLAYED BY ELEANOR POWELL: Tallulah Winters
ALSO STARS: Red Skelton and Bert Lahr
TAP DANCING VIDEOS:
- "I'll Take Tallulah" (tap dance with Drummer Buddy Rich)
- Matador Cape Tap Dance
- "Moonlight Bay" Tap Dance
ABOUT THE FILM: Trailer | TCM | IMDB | Wikipedia

YEAR: 1943
FILM TITLE: I Dood It
ROLE PLAYED BY ELEANOR POWELL: Constance Shaw
TAP DANCING VIDEOS:
- So Long Sarah Jane (Western roping tap dance)
- Swingin the Jinx Away
ABOUT THE FILM: TCM | IMDB | Wikipedia

YEAR: 1943
FILM TITLE: Thousands Cheer"
ROLE PLAYED BY ELEANOR POWELL: Cameo appearance as herself
TAP DANCING VIDEO:
- Boogie Woogie Tap Dance by Eleanor Powelle
ABOUT THE FILM: TCM | IMDB | Wikipedia

YEAR: 1944
FILM TITLE: Sensations of 1945"
ROLE PLAYED BY ELEANOR POWELL: Ginny Walker
TAP DANCING VIDEOS:
- Boogie Woogie Tap Dance: Eleanor Powell and David Lichine
- "Spin Little Pin Ball" Eleeanor Powell Tap Dance
ABOUT THE FILM: TCM | IMDB | Wikipedia

1950's

YEAR: 1950
FILM TITLE: Duchess of Idaho
ROLE PLAYED BY ELEANOR POWELL: Cameo appearance as herself
TAP DANCING VIDEO:
- Boogie Woogie Tap Dance by Eleanor Powell
ABOUT THE FILM: TCM | IMDB | Wikipedia



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