Juggling in Movies

Give My Regards to Broadway (1948)

[Dan Dailey, Charles Winninger, Nancy Guild, Charles Ruggles, Fay Bainter]

The Norwick family has had a successful run on the vaudeville circuit, but now some of the family want out. Mom is ready to retire on the family's farm, and daughter June wants to quit now that she's engaged. That only leaves Dad and his son Bert, who are happy to work as a twosome. Soon Bert's love of baseball overtakes his showbiz ambitions, especially after he's offered a Major-League contract to play. Now he must figure out how to break the news to his dad.

Dan Dailey and Charles Winninger created an entertaining juggling act with the help of their juggling coaches, Bill T. Coughlin and Duke Johnson. They begin by each balancing a feather on their nose. They then pass 5 hoops between them. Next, they manipulate 5 hats together. Then they each juggle 2 balls in one hand, and go on to each doing a brief 3 ball cascade. They finish by showing 6 balls each, but throwing them away. At the end of the film, they bring back the 5 hat routine.

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