George White's Scandals

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George White's Scandals were a long-running string of Broadway revues produced by George White that ran from 1919–1939, modelled after the Ziegfeld Follies.[citation needed] The "Scandals" launched the careers of many entertainers, including W.C. Fields, the Three Stooges, Ray Bolger, Helen Morgan, Ethel Merman, Ann Miller, Bert Lahr and Rudy Vallée.[citation needed] Louise Brooks, Alice White, and Eleanor Powell got their show business start as lavishly dressed (or underdressed) chorus girls strutting to the "Scandal Walk".[citation needed] Much of George Gershwin's early work appeared in the 1920–24 editions of Scandals. The Black Bottom, danced by Ziegfeld Follies star Ann Pennington and Tom Patricola, touched off a national dance craze.[citation needed]

George White's Scandals is also the name of several movies set within the Scandals, all of which focus primarily on the show's acts, with a thin backstage plot stringing them all together. The best known of these was 1934's George White's Scandals written by Jack Yellen, which marked the film debut of Alice Faye.[citation needed] Flapper-era cartoonist and designer Russell Patterson worked on Broadway in various capacities; for George White's Scandals of 1936, he served as scenic designer.[1] George White's Scandals of 1920 was featured in an episode of the television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.[citation needed]

George White[edit]

White was an American theatrical producer and director who also was an actor, choreographer, composer, dancer, dramatist, lyricist and screenwriter, as well as a Broadway theater-owner. Appearing in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1915, he popularized the Turkey Trot dance.[2][3]

The Scandals casts[edit]











  • Jack Durant
  • Elm City Four
  • Ted and Sally
  • Willie and Eugene Howard
  • Frances Williams
  • The George White Girls


1932 (Music Hall Varieties)[edit]

1934 (film)[edit]

1935 (film)[edit]




  1. ^ Profile, BroadwayWorld International Database; accessed March 30, 2014.
  2. ^ "George White", PBS, accessed October 7, 2015
  3. ^ Edwards, Bobb. "George White". Find a Grave. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 

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