George André Martin

Georges André Martin (1910-1957) was a French actor and variety performer. In addition to performing on stage, he also appeared in a number of films and on television shows.[1]

Georges André Martin


Finger dancing actEdit

Martin's signature act consisted in making his fingers take on human-like qualities and perform different kinds of dances,[4][5][6][7][8] "[using] the forefingers of both hands to show taps, ballet, and ballroom stuff, covering his wrists with various cuffs".[9][10] A reviewer from Time magazine, in 1936, described the act thus:

"M. Martin amiably drew on a pair of black gloves whose first and second fingers were missing. Over his four bare fingers he pulled two pairs of little red pants, apologizing for 'dressing in public.' Thus costumed, M. Martin's agile fingers looked like bare legs, his hands became an incredibly realistic team of tiny dancers."[11]

There exists a short video, produced by British Pathé and entitled "Finger Dancing!", which shows him performing this act at the Trocadero Restaurant in London in 1933.[12]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "George André Martin". IMDb. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  2. ^ Baleydier, retrieved 30 March 2019
  3. ^ L'affaire de la rue Mouffetard, retrieved 30 March 2019
  4. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (29 October 1949). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  5. ^ "Georges Andre Martin Stock Photos and Pictures | Getty Images". Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  6. ^ Dietz, Dan (29 March 2018). The Complete Book of 1930s Broadway Musicals. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781538102770.
  7. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (18 March 1950). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  8. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (13 May 1950). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  9. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (27 December 1947). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  10. ^ Nathan, George Jean (1975). The Theatre Book of the Year, 1947–1948: A Record and an Interpretation. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press. ISBN 9780838611760.
  11. ^ "The Theatre: Digital Debut". Time. 20 April 1936. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  12. ^ Pathé, British. "Finger Dancing!". Retrieved 30 March 2019.