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Encyclopedia > Jack Cummings

The nephew of mogul Louis B. Mayer, film producer Jack Cummings (1900 - 1989) spent most of his career at Mayer's own MGM. But while Mayer was not averse to nepotism, he also believed in the up-by-the-bootstraps work ethic; Cummings was started out as a lowly MGM office boy, climbing his way up the corporate ladder on his own volition rather than through the auspices of his uncle. This article is about the domestic group. ... Mogul may mean: a bump in the snow in alpine skiing, a Mongolian the Mughal empire, or any member of its ruling dynasty by extension, any ruler or powerful person, such as a industrial mogul or media mogul a railroad steam locomotive type called the Mogul the largest size light... Louis Burt Mayer (July 4, 1882 – October 29, 1957) was an early film producer, generally cited as the creator of the star system within Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in its golden years. ... 1900 (MCM) was an exceptional common year starting on Monday. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Nepotism means favoring relatives or personal friends because of their relationship rather than because of their abilities. ...

Given his first writing and directing assignments at MGM's short-subjects division, Cummings became a staff producer in 1934, roughly ten years after first walking through the studio gates. He remained in the B-feature unit until 1936's “Born to Dance”, a lavish Cole Porter musical which established Cummings' reputation. 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Eleanor Powell, dances in the Swingin the Jinx finale of Born to Dance. ... Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter from Indiana. ... The art of singing and dancing in a prepared fictional play has been a time-honored tradition ranging to the early days of civilization. ...

Simpatico with his talent, Cummings permitted a great deal of leeway in developing projects; when assigned the medium-budget Marx Brothers feature “Go West” in 1940, the producer bowed to Groucho's expensive suggestion that the film's comedy scenes should first be tried out in front of a live audience, as had been the procedure on their earlier successes “A Night at the Opera” (1935) and “A Day at the Races” (1937). The Marx Brothers were a team of sibling comedians that appeared in vaudeville, stage plays, film and television. ... Videotape jacket for Go West Go West (1940) was the 10th Marx Brothers comedy film, in which the three brothers, Groucho, Chico, and Harpo, head to the American West and attempt to unite a couple by ensuring that an evil railroad baron is thwarted. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... A Night At the Opera is a 1935 comedy film starring the Marx Brothers. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Code book scene A Day at the Races A Day at the Races (1937) is the seventh movie starring the three Marx Brothers, with Margaret Dumont, Allan Jones and Maureen OSullivan. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...

Cummings worked sympathetically with such people as Red Skelton, Esther Williams and Fred Astaire during his next 25 years at MGM (outlasting his uncle Louis Mayer, who was booted from the studio in 1951), and was responsible for such blockbuster musicals as “Kiss Me Kate” (1953) and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (1954, for which he received an Oscar nomination). Richard Bernard Red Skelton (July 18, 1913 – September 17, 1997) was an American comedian whose greatest impact — in a career which began as a teen circus clown and graduated to vaudeville, Broadway, MGM films, and radio — began when he reached television stardom with The Red Skelton Show (NBC, 1951–1952... Esther Jane Williams (born August 8, 1921) is a United States swimmer and movie star famous for her musical films that featured elaborate performances with swimming and diving. ... Balanchine[1] and Nureyev[2] rated him the greatest dancer of the 20th Century, and he is generally acknowledged to have been the most influential dancer in the history of filmed and televised musicals. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theater combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Kiss Me, Kate is a stage musical by Samuel and Bella Spewack (book) and Cole Porter (music and lyrics) that ran for 1,077 performances and was first performed in New York on December 30, 1948. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1953 calendar). ... Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a musical film released in 1954. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent film awards in the United States and most watched awards ceremony in the world. ...

Cummings retired from MGM in 1964 at a career high point, having just completed the profitable Elvis Presley musical “Viva Las Vegas” (1964). 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer and actor. ... Viva Las Vegas (1964) is an American romantic musical motion picture starring American singer Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. ...

He was married to Betty Kern, daughter of Jerome Kern. Jerome David Kern (January 27, 1885 – November 11, 1945) was an American popular composer. ...

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