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[BKARTS] ONE FOR THE BOOK-by Alice Simpson



"ONE FOR THE BOOK," is a limited edition book about Hal Sherman, (1897-1985), 
an internationally renowned, rubber-legged eccentric dancer in the 1920s 
through the early 1940s and often compared to 'Charlie' Chaplin. 

The tradition of eccentric dancers is as old as Pantomime & the Commedia del 
Arte and firmly rooted in the French & English Music Hall. The ‘Moonwalk’ is 
an eccentric dance step, which Sherman danced in the 1920s. Much adored by 
Europeans, including the Prince of Wales, he was frequently a headliner at 
London's Picadilly and Kit-Cat Club. A Broadway sensation in the 1940s 
"Hell-za-poppin," with top billing, he was the focus of an Al Hirschfeld caricature which 
appeared in the NY Times.

In this new accordion book about my father, I've created black and white 
Chaplinesque caricatures that dance around text from a 1928 Paris review. This 
text was translated from the French by Elizabeth Blackert, 94, a family friend 
and former editor at McGraw Hill.

Included in the DELUXE EDITION, is a DVD film dance clip from the rare 1939 
Vitaphone film, "ONE FOR THE BOOK," edited by Michael Simpson (Dustbrothers). 
To see the DELUXE EDITION: http://www.alicesimpson.com/books/books.html   
(Glasses not included)

In the original film, "ONE FOR THE BOOK," a desktop lined with books comes 
alive after midnight. Sherman steps out of a large joke book and can be seen 
slipping and sliding in Victorian costume as Joe Miller, a popular comic actor on 
the London stage from 1709 until his death in 1738. After Miller's death, a 
publisher enlisted a down-and-out writer named John Mottley to compile a book 
of jokes, and stuck Miller's name onto it.   Only a few were Miller's -- it 
seems Miller was illiterate. The book was wildly popular, and other editions 
followed. By 1865, there were nearly 1300 jests in the volume. Meanwhile, the 
Miller's name entered the vernacular: A ‘Joe Miller’ is a groaner, a hackneyed 
joke. 
For more information about Joe Miller: 
http://www.abaa.org/dbp/detailindex.php?booknr=224502700&membernr=1694&ordernr=35064&source=froogle

     Film Director: Roy Mack    
     Original Music: Saul Chaplin & Sammy Cahn, lyricist: (special songs)
     Cinematographer:   Ray Foster    
     Film Editor:   Bert Frank             
     Running Time: One minute-sixty seconds

"ONE FOR THE BOOK" by Alice Simpson
5.5” x 5.5” x .25” x 27.5” open;
Offset printed in black on Monadnock Silk 80lb. Cover;
Luna typeface;
Caricatures by Artist;
Text translated by Elizabeth Blackert from 1928 Paris review.

DELUXE EDITION in slipcase, signed, numbered, includes 1939 Vitaphone film 
clip on DVD   - $100 ($5 shipping US)
To see the DELUXE EDITION: http://www.alicesimpson.com/books/books.html  
(Glasses not included)

BOOK ONLY - $40   (postage included)

TO ORDER:
Alice Simpson
275 West 96th Street - 8A
New York, New York 10025


A L I C E * S I M P S O N
D A N C E M A R A T H O N
http://www.alicesimpson.com



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