Max Gordon (producer)
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Born Mechel Salpeter, Gordon was the youngest son of emigrants from Poland. His older brother, Cliff, used the stage name of "Gordon," and Max then used it also. Cliff, an entertainer in vaudeville, died at age 32 (in 1913).
In his early 20s Gordon formed a vaudeville agency with Albert Lewis, a former vaudeville and burlesque performer. They specialized in providing sketches for shows, and their material, and performers, played the Keith and Orpheum circuits. He became an independent producer in 1930.
In Depression-era New York, Gordon became one of New York's most successful producers. Gordon was, among other things, notable as the producer, with Lewis of the original stage incarnation of The Jazz Singer, which ran from September 1925 to June 1926.
He discovered Judy Holliday.
When Rockefeller still can hoard enough
money to let Max Gordon
produce his shows--
- Beloff, Ruth. Gordon, Max. Encyclopaedia Judaica. Eds. Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik. Vol. 7. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007. 772-773. 22 vols.
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