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This video was muted by a record label which claimed copyright of the Charlie Parker saxophone solo in the original 1938 soundtrack (despite that solo's being on a different version of this song - they had better lawyers than I have). To see a version with a new 2014 a cappella soundtrack, click here:

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The making of this video might make an interesting video. This was one of the 'cultural activities' I organised for the Frankie Manning Centennial Festival in New York. I was meant to have two technical assistants, three long sessions to shoot it in, and a cast of about 150. In the event, the first session started late, because people had been told to go to the wrong place, I had one assistant who had to leave after a short while. My cast was two-strong at first, and then later expanded to four and then five. One was not a dancer and didn't speak English. In the next session, I briefly got about 65 people to work with, but this got cut short when I was detained by the police after being accused of injuring an old lady. The police were very reasonable and let me go, but it meant that there was no third session.

I had planned to do a pastiche of 'New York New York' from the film 'On The Town' - about three sailors who go to New York and meet three fine gals. This plan went out of the window immediately. What you see here is what we were able to shoot, making it up as we went along, and I have used every shot we did.

Making editing a challenge was the fact that we had no sound system (the cable we had didn't fit the speaker) so the dancers could not hear the music. This means that each shot has dancers dancing at a slightly different, and not always constant, speed. You'll possibly notice that in the mass Charleston shot with two lines of dancers, near the end (a shot cut short by a collision with an old lady who stood behind me as I ran backwards), the dancers start and end in time with the music, but the third Charleston eight-count is strangely out of time. Heigh ho.

Somewhere in the universe, there is a piece of paper with the names of the main five cast members. In case I don't find it soon - if you are one of these, then sorry not to be crediting you now, and please do send your name in.

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