Out Without My Rubbers: The Memoirs of John Murray Anderson

Out Without My Rubbers: The Memoirs of John Murray Anderson

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On January 30, 1954 a great showman passed away. His name was John Murray Anderson. A few days before, he had submitted to his publishers the final version of his autobiography as told to his brother, Hugh Abercrombie Anderson. It is, therefore, with mixed emotions that we find ourselves privileged to present the full and complete story of “Uncle Broadway.”

As Robert Coleman, distinguished drama editor and critic, has said: “John Murray Anderson pioneered a new form of revue. Revues, until his time, had been super burlesque shows. And, mind you, the great Florenz Ziegfeld was producing them successfully. But Murray brought heart, sophistication, brilliance and genuine artistry to them. He explored new paths and set new standards for the form.”

We have all been saddened by Murray’s death; but we are thankful that he has left such wonderful memories behind—memories of twenty-nine major Broadway musicals beginning with his own Greenwich Village Follies and including Jumbo, New Faces of 1952 and the last, John Murray Anderson’s Almanac. Among the other works to his credit are seven circuses for Ringling Brothers and four aquacades for Billy Rose, not to mention the multitude of movie stage shows, night club shows, pageants and motion pictures.

For the pleasure of many hours with a wonderful, stimulating and informative friend, read Out Without My Rubbers. It includes information and anecdotes concerning hundreds of familiar people and places. This book is not only for the theater-minded but for all those interested in meeting new and exciting people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781789128345
Publisher: Valmy Publishing
Publication date: 12/12/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 254
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

JOHN MURRAY ANDERSON (1886-1954) was a theatre director and producer, songwriter, actor, screenwriter, dancer and lighting designer. Born on September 20, 1886 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, he attended school in Edinburgh, Scotland, and college at the University of Lausanne. He moved to New York City, where he made his Broadway debut in 1919 as writer, director, and producer of The Greenwich Village Follies, and went on to produce new editions of the revue for the next five years. In the 1920s and early 1930s, he ran an acting school in Manhattan with Robert Milton, teaching Bette Davis and Lucille Ball, among others. He produced the Ziegfeld Follies in 1934, 1936, and 1943, the Harold Arlen-Ira Gershwin-E. Y. Harburg revue Life Begins at 8:40 (1934), Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1935), One for the Money (1939), Two for the Show (1940), and Three to Make Ready (1946), and New Faces of 1952. In Hollywood, he directed the film King of Jazz (1930), wrote the screenplay for Ziegfeld Follies (1946), directed the water ballets in Bathing Beauty (1944), and directed the circus sequences in The Greatest Show on Earth (1952). In 1953, he dictated his autobiography, Out Without My Rubbers, to his brother Hugh, which was then published posthumously in 1954. Anderson died of a heart attack in New York City on January 30, 1954.

HUGH ABERCROMBIE ANDERSON MBE (1890-1965) was born on February 10, 1890 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He attended Bishop Feild College and Edinburgh Academy in Scotland and spent the first few years of his career at the family business in St. John’s. He then entered the military, where he rose to the rank of Captain. In 1921, he became manager of a theatrical business in New York City, owned by his brother John Murray Anderson. Under the pen name of Hugh Abercrombie, he wrote the musical Auld Lang Syne, and in 1954 published his brother’s memoirs. He died at his home in Queens, New York on November 9, 1965.

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