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American ShowmanSamuel "Roxy" Rothafel and the Birth of the Entertainment Industry, 1908-1935$
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Ross Melnick

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231159050

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231159050.001.0001

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It’s All Playing in Sheboygan

It’s All Playing in Sheboygan

Roxy, Rapee, and the Emergence of Convergence (1928–1931)

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(p.306) 7. It’s All Playing in Sheboygan
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American Showman
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Ross Melnick

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231159050.003.0008

This chapter discusses Roxy's career from 1928–1931. Topics covered include the tremendous success of Roxy Theatre, which had sold six and a half million tickets and had cumulative grosses over $5.5 million by its first anniversary on March 11, 1928; Roxy and his musical director Erno Rapee's scoring of Fox feature films throughout 1928; and Roxy's departure from the Roxy Theatre on January 1, 1931 to work for RCA-NBC-RKO on their new theater-radio project at Rockefeller Center. For the remainder of his career, radio and the stage would capture Roxy's imagination and attention. He would not abandon feature-length films, but he could no longer score, edit, or enhance their assembly.

Keywords:   motion pictures, broadcasting, Erno Rapee, musical scores, RCA-NBC-RKO

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