James Cagney and Robert Hope both got their starts as hoofers. That is, they were song and dance men who performed an act in vaudeville in which they told jokes and/or stories (patter) and sang and danced. Hope went on to become a movie star and stand up comic. Cagney became a movie star best known for his gangster roles. The following was sent to me and the video is worth watching.
James Cagney and Bob Hope at a Friar's Club Meeting back when actors were real performers.
Bob Hope was 52 and James Cagney was 56 at the time of this performance. For the young folks, here is something you probably have never seen before and may never see again.
This is a side of these two entertainers you hardly ever saw but it shows you their enormous talent.
Turn up sound and click on...........
You know what's really stunning about this? Neither of these guys became famous for dancing. Hope was, for a time, America's Comedian. And James Cagney was a great actor, one of the biggest movie stars of his era. But watching this clip, it's easy to[/url]