Grease, the movie: The dancer in the green shirt
One of the things about Grease that always fascinated me was the male dancer in the green shirt who performed front and center during the finale sequence "We Go Together." When he was on screen I couldn't take my eyes off him - he was so energetic and enthusiastic, he just stood out from the others.
A quick Google search revealed that his name was Daniel Levans and he was actually a ballet dancer. He passed away in September of this year from a lung infection.
His scene starts at the 01:30 mark in the video at the link.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 90||Last Friday at 5:34 PM|
You dare took your eyes off me?
|by Ramalamalama||reply 1||11/01/2015|
I literally wouldn't have paid any attention to him (over anyone else) before you said something.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 3||11/01/2015|
Why does he do the Chaplin walk at the beginning of his sequence?
|by Ramalamalama||reply 4||11/01/2015|
No one cares about your fifty year old movie.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 6||11/02/2015|
He's totally making eyes at Lorenzo Lamas, who can barely move his feets.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 7||11/02/2015|
R6 Hey, that's 37 years old to you.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 8||11/02/2015|
Beat it! You 50 yr old mattress!
|by Ramalamalama||reply 9||11/02/2015|
Some of the dancers in the background stole their scenes because of their great dancing. Annette Charles who played Cha Cha had a small role but she was a real scene-stealer.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 10||11/02/2015|
OP that is so strange. I have watched that movie several times and that guy always stood out. He was incredibly sexy. (There's another similarly sexy dark haired guy in the background as well). I always thought I was the only person who ever noticed these poor dancers whom no one ever knows. I can't believe you actually came up with his name!
This is what I like about DL: as weird as you may think you are, someone else is just as weird.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 11||11/02/2015|
The other sexy guy is wearing a blue shirt, by the way.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 12||11/02/2015|
I remember green shirt guy and his air guitar!
|by Ramalamalama||reply 13||11/02/2015|
The Born to Hand Jive sequence in that movie is one of the weirdest movie dances ever.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 14||11/02/2015|
So that makes how many Grease "high-schoolers" dead? OP's dancer, Conway, Annette Charles (Cha Cha), Dennis Stewart (Craterface). Any others?
|by Ramalamalama||reply 15||11/02/2015|
I remember green shirt guy, Daniel Levins (or Levans, depending on the credits), from "The Turning Point." He played Arnold, the bitchy young choreographer who yells at Amelia to count while she's dancing. He's also in the opening of "Godspell," where he's dancing with a female disciple. He lifts her, and when she comes back down he's suddenly morphed into David Haskell (Judas).
Blue shirt guy (also known as "butt-sweat guy"), Greg Rosatti, died of AIDS complications in 1996.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 16||11/02/2015|
Fat slob cocaine addict caftan wearing fag Alan Carr........dead.......AIDS. He liked the call boys ya know.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 18||11/02/2015|
I don't think he's sexy, but he's a great dancer.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 19||11/02/2015|
I think The Turning Point is currently on Netflix. I didn't know the green shirt guy was Arnold in the movie.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 20||11/02/2015|
His dance partner in GREASE is Antonia Franceschi, who played Hilary Van Doren (the rich ballerina) in FAME.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 21||11/02/2015|
Is Antonia Franceschi still alive? Btw, she was a real ballet dancer in Fame.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 22||11/02/2015|
I had no idea that all these dancers died, that's totally fucked up! Lamas had some really nice legs, and I like the arm/hand thing they do at the end of the movie.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 23||11/02/2015|
He doesn't have my energy though.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 24||11/02/2015|
[quote]He's totally making eyes at Lorenzo Lamas
LOL I noticed that too - he is totally making eyes at him.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 25||11/02/2015|
Lorenzo was pretty fuckable even with that hideous orange-blond hair.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 26||11/02/2015|
I just watched Grease for the 1st time in years. I knew every word to the songs still. I got sad at the end thinking about how much I loved it when it came out and how vastly different a person I am now from that starry eyed romantic ditz back then !
|by Ramalamalama||reply 27||11/02/2015|
R27: The real people the characters were based on didn't live happily ever after.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 28||11/02/2015|
I was always fascinated with the girl in the green shorts (you're the one that I want - coming out of the shake shack) and I lost her when the video went to square TV scale. The late 90's letterbox edition revealed her again.
Silly, I know.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 29||11/02/2015|
Baby fat Lorenzo Lamas was beautiful and sexy. Why did he ever think that being "lean" would make him more attractive?
|by Ramalamalama||reply 31||11/03/2015|
The character Sandy from the stage production was allegedly based on Donna Mills a real-life student at Chicago's Taft High School.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 33||11/24/2016|
I was a child when the movie came out, 5 yrs old. I love it and know every part of it like it's seared into my mind.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 34||11/24/2016|
Does anyone else think this movie is underrated?
I think it's one of, maybe the last of, the great movie musicals. The Patricia Birch choreography in particular can hold its own with most musicals from the 1950's.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 35||11/24/2016|
Lorenzo Lamas was a beefcake! Love those meaty legs. I saw this movie when I was in 5th or 6th grade in the early 00s.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 36||11/24/2016|
Bobby "Bobby Banas" would have stolen the movie!
|by Ramalamalama||reply 37||11/24/2016|
R35 how the fuck can Grease be underrated? It's the highest grossing musical ever.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 38||11/24/2016|
I love you OP, I noticed the green shirt too, I have chills every time I watch this movie.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 39||11/24/2016|
I loved this movie growing up. Haven't seen it in years. One of my best friends in high school insisted on watching it or Shag or Dirty Dancing everyday. I've probably seen it 1000 times.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 41||11/24/2016|
Also, what the fuck is R40 talking about?
|by Ramalamalama||reply 42||11/24/2016|
I saw grease when I was 6 with a beloved aunt, who embarrassed me by saying very loudly that Sandy looked cheap by the end of the movie. I loved it the first time I saw it and anytime It's on I just cannot change the station . I also noticed the green shirt guy. He is very noticeable. He has a ton of humor and personality that comes through very clearly. He has a beautiful dancers body. It was really a great movie. That would never get cast the way it did now. Most of the actors looked at least thirty but it worked. Love it! Many years ago I saw Crater Face walking down Broadway near Zabar's. Sexy!
|by Ramalamalama||reply 43||11/24/2016|
There is a book out by one of the dancers in grease available on Amazon.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 44||11/24/2016|
R42 Let me help.
If Grease were made as a movie today it would be unthinkable to have an all white ensemble scene like that at the end. As we see in the clip everyone singing and dancing is white - even though it's set in 1950s America all kinds of Americans would have been present at the funfair. Rydell High isn't down in the Segregated South, now, is it? So the choices of the film's producers in that scene unwittingly reveal how they thought America understood itself in 1978. Today, the funfair scene would look different because there would be more POC singing and dancing.
It just struck me as I watched the clip.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 45||11/24/2016|
R45 I found at least three.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 46||11/24/2016|
[quote] The character Sandy from the stage production was allegedly based on Donna Mills a real-life student at Chicago's Taft High School.
Did she move to a cul-de-sac to steal an alcoholic Texan from his wife?
|by Ramalamalama||reply 49||11/24/2016|
One thing Rydell High needed was a sex ed class. Did you ever notice that Rizzo and Kenckie had sex on like the first day of school and she realized she WASN'T pregnant on the last day?
|by Ramalamalama||reply 50||11/24/2016|
That's what my song in [italic]Grease 2[/italic] was for, R50.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 51||11/24/2016|
America was almost 90% white in the 1950's - and the north was still racially segregated, so it's not an untrue reflection of what America looked like then. The US is around 70% white today.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 52||11/24/2016|
Brown v. Board of Education was five years before the film's setting.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 53||11/24/2016|
I hate all that faux-perky showboy shit. That boy needs a good hard slave-fucking.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 54||11/24/2016|
He's positively butch compared to Warbucks' gardener from the movie [italic]Annie[/italic].
|by Ramalamalama||reply 55||11/24/2016|
You're right, R35. Grease was Birch at her best. The extra dancers in the last number are so good that you scarcely look at the stars. The new Ethan Morden book about movie musicals spends a whole page or so on the way Birch stages "Summer Loving," and it really is one of the best dance numbers ever, the way she has the guys interacting while they strut up and down those bleachers.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 56||11/24/2016|
I could never take my eyes off the shorts/OTC socks guy.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 57||11/24/2016|
My favorite character is Doody! So cute!
|by Ramalamalama||reply 58||11/24/2016|
Finally some cleaned up the soundtrack on Summer Nights and turned up the real background track. This is awesome.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 59||11/24/2016|
Does anyone know where that last scene was filmed? The hills look familiar, but I can't place them.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 60||11/24/2016|
R60, it was filmed in Los Feliz set John Marshall High. Here is a link for all the movie's locations.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 61||11/26/2016|
I love how they didn't edit the dance sequences in a Cuisinart. You actually see their whole bodies in one long take. Unlike Chicago which changed camera angles every 1 second.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 62||03/19/2019|
Stockard Channing does look great in those shorts, you have to admit.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 63||03/19/2019|
I love the fact that in this scene--like all the singing and dancing numbers--Dinah Manoff is carefully hidden in the background so as to camouflage that she can neither sing nor dance. Still, to me, she is one of the best parts of the movie.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 64||03/19/2019|
When you compare the difference in the cost of making the movie to how much it earned at the box office... Just rent a high school, find/make some vintage clothes and pay the talent.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 65||03/19/2019|
Between Grease, Star Wars and Jaws, those were great summers for the movies!
|by Ramalamalama||reply 66||03/19/2019|
I must be the only queen on earth who hated this movie. That last number gives me a headache. It's like the cast members were shot up with crystal meth then given a couple lines of pure blow...then instructed to " speed it up and just have fun "...but Quickly!
|by Ramalamalama||reply 67||03/19/2019|
I think casting older actors worked because it was their generation they were being nostalgic about.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 68||03/19/2019|
Well, to be fair, R68, if it was nostalgia for the generation they actually grew up in, Stockard would have been better served on Little House on the Prairie...
|by Ramalamalama||reply 69||03/19/2019|
I was living in a group home the summer that movie came out. We stood outside in line to get tickets for an hour. The other guys in the group home kept going on and on about how they wanted to eat Olivia’s pussy.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 70||03/19/2019|
In that finale, you barely see Stockyard. I guess all she could do for dancing is ride Kenicke's back.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 71||03/19/2019|
After the movie was over the group home manager stopped the van at a convenience store so I could buy some Topps Grease movie cards.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 72||03/19/2019|
[quote]Topps Grease movie cards.
I have, I think, the entire set. Unfortunately, they aren't worth anything.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 73||03/19/2019|
Call the police, there's a 36 yr old woman molesting young boys at Rydell High!
|by Ramalamalama||reply 75||03/19/2019|
When filming began in June 1977, Stockard Channing was 33, Michael Tucci was 31, Jamie Donnelly was 30, Annette Charles was 29, Olivia Newton-John was 28, Barry Pearl was 27, Jeff Conaway was 26, Didi Conn was 25, John Travolta was 23, Dinah Manoff was 21, Kelly Ward and Eddie Deezen were both 20, and Lorenzo Lamas was 19.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 76||03/19/2019|
Hollywood can be a very stinging town. They say it's a forgiving business. It's not that forgiving..... Jeff Conaway
|by Ramalamalama||reply 77||03/19/2019|
This is what “Susan Stockard” actually looked like when she was a high school senior.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 78||03/19/2019|
The theory that Sandy did die during their summer together (I think the lyrics in Summer Nights was "She was splashing around/I nearly drowned") explains the car flying off at the end.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 79||03/19/2019|
R45 But there are black dancers, so feel free to fuck right off
Classic film, will live forever
|by Ramalamalama||reply 80||03/19/2019|
I loved Stockard Channing in Six Degrees of Separation. She was so good she should have won an award.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 82||03/19/2019|
With all those lithe, nubile dancing boys on set, Allen Carr must have felt like he was at a smorgasbord!
|by Ramalamalama||reply 83||03/19/2019|
Born to Hand Jive is quite similar to Birch's choreography for Charlie's Place from Over Here. Travolta was in that show and wanted Ann Reinking to play Cha Cha in the movie. Maybe she thought it was going to be like the play where Cha Cha was a fat slob. It is a role she's quite perfect for and would have killed it.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 84||03/19/2019|
Ha, I always noticed him too.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 85||Last Friday at 4:42 PM|
I noticed the green shirt guy too. He looked ridiculous waddling like a duck or doing a Groucho Marx impression. He looks like one of The Jets from West Side Story. He has a few lines in Office Krupke. Doubt it's the same guy as there's a 17 year difference between films.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 86||Last Friday at 4:52 PM|
R45, it's Grease not Hairspray.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 87||Last Friday at 5:00 PM|
Never noticed him - always zoned in on blue shorts/knee-high socks guy.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 88||Last Friday at 5:08 PM|
"..waddling like a duck or doing a Groucho Marx impression"
It's Charlie Chaplin, Millennial.
|by Ramalamalama||reply 90||Last Friday at 5:34 PM|