Video: Dancing In The Streets Of Hamilton, 1959

February 25, 2013

He was perhaps best known as the high-stepping lasso dancer Will Parker in the 1955 film version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!” — but Hollywood and Broadway hoofer Gene Nelson also capered his way down the streets of Hamilton and onto the deck of the luxury liner “Queen of Bermuda” in a 1959 NBC TV special shot here

The show — called “America Pauses In September” — teamed Mr. Nelson with frequent dance partner Pat Horn for the Bermuda segment.

The special, which helped to kick off NBC’s 1959 television season, received lukewarm reviews when it aired — except for the Bermuda routine. “Friday night there was ‘America Pauses In September’ …,” said one critic. “This was notable for Gene Nelson doing a marvellous dance in Bermuda and all over the ship ‘Queen of Bermuda’. The rest seems repetitious — from other shows, other times — and a little slow-paced.”

Born Eugene Berg in Seattle, Washington in 1920, one-time dancer and choreographer Mr. Nelson later turned his hand to directing. He helmed two Elvis Presley moves — “Kissin’ Cousins” and “Harum Scarum” — and episodes of numerous television series including “Rifleman”, “Star Trek” and “Starsky and Hutch.”

He died in 1996.

Clip of Bermuda sequence from TV special “America Pauses In September”

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  1. Out of flight says:

    Absolutely great.
    First class dancing

    • Tim Hodgson says:

      “Bermuda’s favourite calypso band”: is that Hubert Smith and a young-ish version of the Coral Islanders?

  2. Bermuda gal says:

    If we are not allowed to open the damn video why bother putting it in the news? ???????

    • Bernews says:

      Thanks for your comment, but the video is accessible.

      If it’s blocked for you that is a setting on your computer doing that – nothing to do with our site or YouTube.

  3. Mamma Mia says:

    Unfortunately they don’t make ‘em like that anymore – and featuring Bermuda no less! Wonderful!

  4. Dennis says:

    Ohhhhh Yeeeeess!!
    Nelson, Kelly, Astaire, along with Cyd and all the other ladies…
    O’Connor, Hope, even Cagney…and more,many more—gave us a magic kind of entertainment….WE usta line up in front of a building to get in to see ‘em!!
    They called it a Cinema!