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S. ; James T. Farrell, No Star Is Lost; Albert Maltz, The Way Things Are and Other Stories; Kenneth Robeson (Lester Dent), The Man of Bronze; Wallace Stegner, The Big Rock Candy Mountain; Allen Tate, The Fathers; Richard Wright, Uncle Tom's Children; Leane Zugsmith, The Summer Children. Popular Songs ARTS "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," by Ella Fitzgerald and Al Feldman; "Camel Hop," by Mary Lou Williams; "Cherokee," by Ray Noble; "F. D. R. Jones," by Harold Rome; "The Flat Foot Floogie," by Slim Gaillard, Slam Stewart, and Bud Green (who were forced to change the word "floozie" to "floogie" to gain radio airplay); "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart," by Duke Ellington, lyrics by Irving Mills, Henry Nemo, and John Redmond; "Jeepers Creepers," by Harry Warren, lyrics by Johnny Mercer; "Love Walked In," by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin; "One O'Clock Jump," by William "Count" Basie; "Thanks for the Memory," by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin (title song for a film starring Bob Hope, who makes it his theme song); "That Old Feeling," by Sammy Fain and Lew Brown.

Americans go to the movies in unprecedented numbers as the Vitascope widens screens and the new talkies provide an added dimension to the viewing experience. • Grant Wood's painting American Gothic, in which he portrays his sister and his dentist as rural farmers, helps launch American Regionalism. 7 Jan. Children of Darkness, by Edwin Justus Mayer, opens at New York's Biltmore Theater. 14 Jan. Bobby Clark and Red Nichols's Band — including Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey, and Jack Teagarden — perform songs by George and Ira Gershwin, such as "I've Got a Crush on You," in Strike Up the Band, which opens at New York's Times Square Theater.

34 A M E R I C A N D E C A D E S : 1930-1939 IMPORTANT EVENTS OF THE 1930S 21 Aug. " 25 Sept. Maxwell Anderson's Winterset, starring Burgess Meredith and Richard Bennett, opens at New York's Martin Beck Theater. The play is based on the SaccoVanzetti case. 10 Oct. The opera Porgy and Bess, with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward, opens at the Alvin Theater in New York, where it runs for 124 performances. " 12 Oct. With music and lyrics by Cole Porter and songs that include "Begin the Beguine" and "Just One of Those Things," Jubilee, starring Melville Cooper, Mary Boland, and Montgomery Clift, opens at New York's Imperial Theater.

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