The Cotton Club (1984)
Check out Maurice Hines’ film debut in The Cotton Club. Delve into 1930s Harlem; at this jazz club, the musicians are black and the customers are white. Mobsters run the Cotton Club and help its dancers rise to fame in Hollywood, but love and jealousy from the performers and their families tangle them all up on the wrong side of the mob. Who will win in this scramble for power? This film was nominated for Best Picture at the Golden Globes and Francis Ford Coppola was nominated for Best Director.
Guys and Dolls (1955)
Nathan Detroit is gambling more than money in this classic musical; he’s gambling his reputation and his love life when he juggles an illegal crap game he’s running and wild bets to help fund it. Starring Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons and Marlon Brandon, this starpower teams brings theatre to life on screen. Maurice Hines has been chosen for the role of Nathan Detroit twice; once at the beginning of his solo career, and more recently for the first-class National Tour of Guys and Dolls.
Swing Time (1936)
Swing with the world’s most renowned dance duo Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. In perhaps their most exciting film together, Astaire is a performer and a gambler who has to raise $25,000 to marry his fiancée. But when he gets to the big city to make the money, he falls in love with his dance instructor (Rogers) instead. Romance is stalled, but as always, their dancing shines. Learn about dancing in the twentieth century from the generation of dancers who came before Maurice Hines in Tappin’ Thru Life.