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Hal Leroy Tap Dancing

Stage Name

Birth Name

Hal Leroy

John Leroy Schotte


    American Dancer, Singer and Actor. Was a favorite during the height of the tap dance craze in the 1920's that was dominating the stage in Vaudeville, Burlesque and Broadway and later films of that time. He was a tap dancer that did other Collegiate dances of the day. Hal Le Roy's first professional job was in "Hoboken Heroes" at the Lyric Theater, Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1928.

    Danced in many one reelers (shorts) and made his Big screen debut in the 1932 RKO film "Is My Face Red". Danced Tap and a Jitterbug with Betty Hutton in Public Jitterbug #1 (Vitaphone Short, aka Newsreel.) Was friends with legendary tap dancer Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson.

Died at the age of 71 after heart surgery. (Hal dances towards the end of the clip)

"Private Lessons" circa 1913.
 


Hal Leroy photo Hal Leroy and Milded Law photo Hal Leroy photo Hal Leroy photo Hal Leroy photo

Birth Place

Birth Date

Spouse

Offspring

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA 12/10/1913 - 5/2/1985 Ruth Dodd None
     

Dance Types

Dance Partners , Performed with etc.

Music Titles

Ballroom Al Minns Collegiate Wedding
Department Store Strut (Tip, Tap, Toe w/ Mitzi) Betty Hutton Gentleman Prefers To Dance (w/ Hutton)
Jitterbug Chazz Chase Tappin' on the Wood
Swing Dance Eunice Healy (Gangs All Here & Thumbs Up) Zing, Went the Strings of My Heart
Tap Dance Dawn O'Day   
    Dorothy Dare   
    Dorothy Lee   
    Frankie Manning   
    June Allyson   
    Leon James   
    Mildred Law (Too Many Girls)   
    Mitzi Mayfair (Tap, Ziegfeld Follies)   
    Preisser Sisters   
    Ruth Dodd   
    Toby Wing   

Night Clubs

Theaters

Stage

Hoofers Club (NY) Capitol Theatre 1928 - Hoboken Heroes (1st professional job)
    Earle Theatre 1931 - Gang's All Here, the (w/ Eunice)
    El Rancho (Vegas 10/11/1950) 1931 - Ziegfeld Follies (w/ Mitzi)
    Lyric Theatre (1928) 1935 - Thumbs Up (w/ Eunice)
    Radio City Music Hall 1935 - Roberta
    State Theatre 1939 - Too Many Girls (w/ Mildred)
       1948 - Sunny
       1952 - Sally
       1952 & 1958 - Showboat
       1954 & 1958 - Oklahoma
       1954 - Red Mill
       1956 - Show Boat
       1961 & 1965 - Cinderella
       1966 - Summer's Here (directed)
       Strike Me Pink
        Sweet Georgia Brown

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Films

Television

(Other)

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1931 - High School Hoofer1951 - Colgate Comedy Hour n/a
Video Clip not available at this time1932 - Is My Red Face  
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1932 - Tip Tap Toe (w/ Mitzi) Dept. Store Strut      
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1933 - Use Your ImaginationmxTup2qg4v4     
Video Clip not available at this time 1933 - Mr. Broadway (w/ Frisco)      
Video Clip not available at this time1933 - Way of all Freshman, the (Vitaphone)      
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1934 - Harold Teen      
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1934 - Hollywood Newsreel      
Video Clip not available at this time 1934 - *Picture Palace (O'Day. Vitaphone)      
Video Clip not available at this time 1934 - *Private Lessons (O'Day. Vitaphone)      
Video Clip not available at this time1934 - *Syncopated City (Dare. Vitaphone)      
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$1934 - Wonder Bar [DVD] (First National)      
Video Clip not available at this time 1935 - *In The Spotlight (Lee)      
Video Clip not available at this time 1935 - Main Street Follies (Vitaphone)      
Video Clip not available at this time1935 - Musical Memories (w/ Keeler. Paramount)      
Video Clip not available at this time 1936 - *Rhytmitis (Wing)      
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1938 - Start Cheering      
Video Clip not available at this time 1938 - Prisoner of Swing      
Video Clip not available at this time 1938 - The Knight is Young      
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1939 - *Public Jitterbug #1 (Hutton)      
Video Clip not available at this time$1940 - Too Many Girls [DVD]      
Video Clip not available at this time 1981 - *Private Lessons      
Video Clip not available at this time*Oh Evaline!      
Video Clip not available at this time*Swing For Sale (Allyson)      
Video Clip not available at this time*Use Your Imagination (Mitzi)      
Video Clip not available at this time* Wash Your Step (Preisser)      
Video Clip not available at this time Born to Sing and Dance      

  • NOTE: * = a one Reel - Short Film

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