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The Eddie Cantor story : a Jewish life in performance and politics, David Weinstein

Label
The Eddie Cantor story : a Jewish life in performance and politics
Title
The Eddie Cantor story
Title remainder
a Jewish life in performance and politics
Statement of responsibility
David Weinstein
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This absorbing biography chronicles the life and work of one of the most important entertainers of the twentieth century. Eddie Cantor (1892-1964) starred in theater, film, radio, and television. His immense popularity across a variety of media, his pride in his Jewish heritage, and his engagement with pressing political issues distinguished him from other headliners of his era. Paying equal attention to Cantor's humor and politics, Weinstein documents his significance as a performer, philanthropist, and activist. Many show business figures quietly shed their Jewish backgrounds or did not call attention to the fact that they were Jewish. Cantor was different. He addressed the vital issues of his times, including acculturation, national identity, and antisemitism. He was especially forceful in opposing Nazism and paid a price for this activism in 1939, when a sponsor cancelled the actor's radio program. In this carefully researched book, Weinstein uncovers sketches and routines filled with Jewish phrases, allusions, jokes, songs, and stories. Cantor frequently did not mark this material as "Jewish," relying instead on attentive audiences to interpret his coded performances. Illustrated with thirty photographs, The Eddie Cantor Story examines the evolution, impact, and legacy of Cantor's performance style. His music and comedy not only shaped the history of popular entertainment, but also provide a foundation for ongoing efforts to redefine Jewish culture and build community in contemporary America
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1967-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Weinstein, David
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Brandeis series in American Jewish history, culture, and life
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cantor, Eddie
  • Cantor, Eddie
  • Entertainers
  • Entertainers
  • United States
Label
The Eddie Cantor story : a Jewish life in performance and politics, David Weinstein
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Immigrants, criminals, and actors (1892-1908) -- A vaudeville education (1908-1916) -- The Jewish wise guy (1916-1919) -- A snappy headliner (1919-1923) -- Makin' whoopee with Ziegfeld (1923-1930) -- The voice of the Depression (1929-1938) -- Radio with a Jewish accent (1931-1938) -- The fight against Nazism (1933-1939) -- Cantor goes to church (1939-1941) -- It's time to smile again (1941-1945) -- Postwar struggles (1945-1950) -- The last comeback (1950-1952) -- Fading away (1952-1964)
Control code
982090828
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 303 pages
Isbn
9781512600483
Lccn
2017019187
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Master record variable field(s) change: 300
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)982090828
Label
The Eddie Cantor story : a Jewish life in performance and politics, David Weinstein
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Immigrants, criminals, and actors (1892-1908) -- A vaudeville education (1908-1916) -- The Jewish wise guy (1916-1919) -- A snappy headliner (1919-1923) -- Makin' whoopee with Ziegfeld (1923-1930) -- The voice of the Depression (1929-1938) -- Radio with a Jewish accent (1931-1938) -- The fight against Nazism (1933-1939) -- Cantor goes to church (1939-1941) -- It's time to smile again (1941-1945) -- Postwar struggles (1945-1950) -- The last comeback (1950-1952) -- Fading away (1952-1964)
Control code
982090828
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 303 pages
Isbn
9781512600483
Lccn
2017019187
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Master record variable field(s) change: 300
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)982090828

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