Hermes Pan


Choreographer

About

Also Known As
Hermes Panagiotopolous
Birth Place
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Born
December 10, 1910
Died
September 19, 1990

Biography

Hermes Pan worked on a variety of projects during his entertainment career. Hermes Pan worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "In Person" (1935). Hermes Pan won a Dance Direction Academy Award for "A Damsel in Distress" in 1937. In the forties, Hermes Pan devoted his time to various credits, such as "Irish Eyes Are Smiling" with June Haver (1944)...

Photos & Videos

Swing Time - Ginger Rogers Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Top Hat - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Swing Time - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Biography

Hermes Pan worked on a variety of projects during his entertainment career. Hermes Pan worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "In Person" (1935). Hermes Pan won a Dance Direction Academy Award for "A Damsel in Distress" in 1937. In the forties, Hermes Pan devoted his time to various credits, such as "Irish Eyes Are Smiling" with June Haver (1944), "Pin-Up Girl" with Betty Grable (1944) and "Diamond Horseshoe" (1945) starring Betty Grable. He also worked on "Blue Skies" with Bing Crosby (1946). Hermes Pan was most recently credited in "Dance Crazy in Hollywood" (1993-94). In the sixties, Hermes Pan lent his talents to projects like "Flower Drum Song" (1961) starring Nancy Kwan, "The Pleasure of His Company" (1961) and "Cleopatra" (1963). His credits also expanded to "My Fair Lady" (1964) starring Audrey Hepburn and "The Pink Panther" (1964) starring Peter Sellers. Hermes Pan passed away in September 1990 at the age of 80.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Fred Astaire Songbook (1991)
Pal Joey (1957)
Choreographer
Kiss Me Kate (1953)
Specialty sailor dance
A Life of Her Own (1950)
Specialty dancer
Pin Up Girl (1944)
Betty Grable's dance partner
Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943)
Dancing partner
Coney Island (1943)
Dancing partner in finale
Footlight Serenade (1942)
Dancer
My Gal Sal (1942)
Dancing partner
Moon Over Miami (1941)
Betty Grable's dancing partner

Music (Feature Film)

Lost Horizon (1972)
Music

Dance (Feature Film)

Aiutami a sognare (1981)
Choreography
Darling Lili (1970)
Music numbers staged by
Finian's Rainbow (1968)
Choreography
The Great Race (1965)
Choreography
My Fair Lady (1964)
Choreography
The Pink Panther (1964)
Choreography
Cleopatra (1963)
Choreography
Flower Drum Song (1961)
Choreography
The Pleasure of His Company (1961)
Choreography
Can-Can (1960)
Dances staged by
The Blue Angel (1959)
Dances staged by
Porgy and Bess (1959)
Choreography
Never Steal Anything Small (1959)
Choreography
Pal Joey (1957)
Choreography
Silk Stockings (1957)
All dances in which Fred Astaire appears choreography by
Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956)
Dances and Music numbers created and staged by
Hit the Deck (1955)
Music numbers staged by
Jupiter's Darling (1955)
Choreography
The Student Prince (1954)
Music numbers staged by
Kiss Me Kate (1953)
Choreography
Sombrero (1953)
Choreography for Miss Charisse
The Actress (1953)
Choreographer
Lovely To Look At (1952)
Choreography
Excuse My Dust (1951)
Choreography
Texas Carnival (1951)
Choreography by
Let's Dance (1950)
Dances staged by
Three Little Words (1950)
Dances created and Director by
For Heaven's Sake (1950)
Dance instructor
The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
Director of "Shoes with Wings On" number
That Lady in Ermine (1948)
Dances staged by
I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now? (1947)
Dances staged by
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)
Dances staged by
Blue Skies (1946)
Dances staged by
Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe (1945)
Dances staged by
Hangover Square (1945)
Linda Darnell's dance coach
State Fair (1945)
Dance Director
Pin Up Girl (1944)
Dances staged by
Irish Eyes Are Smiling (1944)
Dances staged by
Hello Frisco, Hello (1943)
Dances staged by
Coney Island (1943)
Music seq dances staged by
Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943)
Dances staged by
Springtime in the Rockies (1942)
Dances staged by
Iceland (1942)
Dance Director
Song of the Islands (1942)
Dances staged by
Footlight Serenade (1942)
Dances staged by
My Gal Sal (1942)
Dances staged by
Roxie Hart (1942)
Dances staged by
Rise and Shine (1941)
Dances staged by
Week-End in Havana (1941)
Dances staged by
Moon Over Miami (1941)
Dances staged by
Blood and Sand (1941)
Dance Director
Sun Valley Serenade (1941)
Dances staged by
That Night in Rio (1941)
Dances staged by
Second Chorus (1940)
Dance Director
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)
Dance Director
Radio City Revels (1938)
Dances staged by
Carefree (1938)
Ensembles staged by
A Damsel in Distress (1937)
Dance Director
Stage Door (1937)
Dance Director
Shall We Dance (1937)
Ballet staged by
Follow the Fleet (1936)
Ensembles staged by
Swing Time (1936)
Dance Director
Old Man Rhythm (1935)
Dance numbers staged by
A Dog of Flanders (1935)
Dance Director
I Dream Too Much (1935)
Dances created by
In Person (1935)
Dances created by
Top Hat (1935)
Ensembles staged by
Roberta (1935)
Assistant Dance Director
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Dance Director

Cast (Special)

Dance Crazy in Hollywood (1994)
Rita Hayworth: Dancing Into the Dream (1991)
The Television Academy Hall of Fame (1990)
Performer
You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story (1990)
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984)
Himself

Dance (Special)

Astaire Time (1960)
Choreographer
An Evening With Fred Astaire (1958)
Choreographer

Misc. Crew (Special)

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984)
Other

Life Events

Photo Collections

Swing Time - Ginger Rogers Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of RKO's Swing Time (1936), in which co-star Ginger Rogers is rehearsing with choreographer Hermes Pan.
Top Hat - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of RKO's Top Hat (1935), starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and directed by Mark Sandrich.
Swing Time - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of RKO's Swing Time (1936), directed by George Stevens and starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

Videos

Movie Clip

Sun Valley Serenade (1941) - Chattanooga Choo Choo After the vocal and instrumental from Glenn Miller's band, the last bit of the number, Dorothy Dandridge the girl singer, with her future husband, the taller Nicholas brother Harold, and his brother Fayard, the famous tune by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, in Sun Valley Serenade, 1941.
Flower Drum Song (1961) - Chop Suey Another Rodgers & Hammerstein original which has long split opinion (Is it cultural stereotyping or knowing commentary?), Juanita Hall reprising her stage role as Madame Liang of San Francisco, receiving a citizenship award then supported by Jim Shigeta (who, it is sometimes forgotten, started out as a singer), Jack Soo, Benson Fong et al, in Flower Drum Song, 1961.
Pin Up Girl (1944) - Once Too Often Now a New York star in her own right, Betty Grable (who plays a Missouri gal named Lorry) in a sexier number choreographed-by and featuring Hermes Pan, the song another original by James V. “Jimmy” Monaco and Mack Gordon, in Pin Up Girl, 1944.
Swing Time (1936) - A Fine Romance Dance partners Penny (Ginger Rogers) and Lucky (Fred Astaire) are constrained from confessing their love for each other, Pop (Victor Moore) enlisted as his backstop, lyrics by Dorothy Fields written to Jerome Kern's tune to support the plot point, Ginger's vocal first, George Stevens directing, in Swing Time, 1936.
My Gal Sal (1942) - What's Your Answer? Joining the number midway, headliner Sally (Rita Hayworth) performing a song in fact written by Paul Dresser, the brother of the novelist Theodore Dreiser, played here by Victor Mature, who's come to New York seeking redress, James Gleason his agent, in My Gal Sal, 1942.
Silk Stockings (1957) - Stereophonic Sound American producer Steve (Fred Astaire) and Hollywood aqua-musical star Peggy (Janis Paige) aim to convince the Paris press that her lack of acting skill is no impediment to a modern movie hit, with a Cole Porter original, in MGM’s re-make of Ninotchka, Silk Stockings, 1957.
Silk Stockings (1957) - Ritz Roll Rock Returned to Paris, Ninotchka (Cyd Charisse) is hustled into a nightclub where she is surprised to see Steve (Fred Astaire) performing Cole Porter's "Ritz Roll Rock," choreography by Hermes Pan, in Rouben Mamoulian's remake of the Lubitsch comedy, Silk Stockings, 1957.
Carefree (1938) - I Used To Be Color Blind A dream sequence dance famous for the big unprecedented smooch at the end, Ginger Rogers is psychiatric patient Amanda, whose crush on Fred Astaire, as her doc Tony, is revealed, with an Irving Berlin original song, in what was planned, before budget cuts, as a color scene, in Carefree, 1938.
Carefree (1938) - Since They Turned Loch Lomond Into Swing Probably it should be no surprise that Fred Astaire, playing shrink Tony Flagg, has a terrific golf swing, until interrupted by Ginger Rogers as potential patient Amanda, which occasions Fred’s remarkable solo golf-tap piece to an Irving Berlin original instrumental, early in Carefree, 1938.
Sombrero (1953) - Gypsy Dance Maybe the high point in the quasi-Mexican romantic-drama-musical from producer Jack Cummings at MGM, Cyd Charisse as gypsy maiden Lola must purge a guilt complex before she can marry suitor Ruben (Rick Jason), with a Hermes Pan dance to a Saul Chaplin tune in a costume by Helen Rose, in Sombrero, 1953.
Story Of Vernon And Irene Castle, The - What Does Ham Mean? Ending his unplanned visit with her family, vaudeville comic Vernon Castle (Fred Astaire) is seen off by aspiring performer Irene (Ginger Rogers) at the New Rochelle train station, flashing his dance stylings, in The Story Of Vernon And Irene Castle, 1939.
Finian's Rainbow (1968) - Look To The Rainbow Petula Clark sings the Burton Lane and E.Y. Harburg tune, as she and Fred Astaire (playing her Irish father) traverse the United States, in Francis Coppola's charming, if geographically incoherent, opening credit sequence, from Finian's Rainbow, 1968.

Family

Vasso Pan Meade
Sister
Dancer. Died on November 22, 2001 at age 95.

Bibliography