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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)

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

Ross Melnick

Columbia University Press

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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