Danny Dare

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Danny Dare (March 20, 1905, New York City – November 20, 1996, Tarzana, Los Angeles, California) was an American choreographer, actor, director, writer, and producer of the stage, screen, and film.[1]

Dare began his career in the 1920s as an actor on the New York stage, making his Broadway debut in 1923 in the musical Dew Drop Inn.[2] He then performed on the vaudeville circuit, where he also gained experience as a choreographer, comedy sketch writer, and eventually a producer. In 1927 he portrayed Ronnie Webb in the musical The Five O'Clock Girl, also serving as the show's assistant choreographer.[3] He soon became highly busy as a choreographer on Broadway, serving in that capacity for such shows as The Little Show (1929),[4] Sweet Adeline (1929)[5] Sweet and Low (1930),[6] You Said It (1931),[7] and Tattle Tales (1933).[8] In 1931 he produced the play Sentinels and later produced, directed, and wrote the book for the musical Meet the People (1940).[9]

Dare's talents as a choreographer drew the attention of executives at Paramount Pictures and he was offered a contract with the studio in 1929. He went on to choreograph several films with the company including Let's Go Places (1930),[10] Such Men Are Dangerous (1930),[11] Not Damaged (1930),[12] Wild People (1932),[11] Three Cheers for Love (1936),[11] Start Cheering (1938),[11] Hit Parade of 1941 (1940),[11] Panama Hattie (1942),[11] and most notably Holiday Inn (1942).[13] The last film he choreographed was Road to Utopia in 1946.[14]

In 1938 Dare turned to directing for the first time with the film The Main Event. He never directed another film, but he was active as a television director during the 1950s with the shows Damon Runyon Theater and How to Marry a Millionaire. He also produced a total of eight films between 1945 and 1952.[1]


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