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Joan Crawford Jitterbug

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Published on Aug 3, 2013

from the 1942 film "They All Kissed the Bride"
Dean Collins has been quoted as saying that Joan Crawford was one of the Hollywood stars he taught to do Jitterbug/Lindy Hop/New Yorker. Crawford had danced in films earlier in her career, and was quite the hoofer; but she would have had to update her skills for this "swing era" film. LIFE reported that she lost 5 pounds and sprained her back in preparing for, and performing, in this scene.
LIFE also reported that she donated her salary, $112,500, to four different charities.
Her partner is Allen Jenkins, "an ex-Broadway hoofer."

This relativley low quality capture from tape and a portable tv is meant for historic and educational purposes.

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