Sharkey: When Sea Lions Were Stars of Show Business (1907-1958)

Sharkey: When Sea Lions Were Stars of Show Business (1907-1958)

by Gary Bohan
Sharkey: When Sea Lions Were Stars of Show Business (1907-1958)

Sharkey: When Sea Lions Were Stars of Show Business (1907-1958)

by Gary Bohan


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Finalist for the 2022 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award in the Performing Arts & Music Category

"Sharkey is the natural artist, performing his magic for nothing but love." — Wolcott Gibbs, the New Yorker

Sharkey tells the compelling story of an unusually gifted, trained sea lion who shared the stage with practically every important performer of the first half of the twentieth century—from Bob Hope to Ella Fitzgerald, from Broadway to Hollywood and beyond. Readers follow Sharkey and his flippered colleagues as they travel the world with stops at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, vaudeville houses, Manhattan during the Harlem Renaissance, burlesque nightclubs, movie palaces, Radio City Music Hall, and the legendary studios of early radio, movies, and television, meeting a who's who of showbiz entertainers, sports superstars, and even a US president. Meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated, Sharkey is a quirky slice of New York and entertainment history sure to delight fans of vintage pop culture and Americana, as well as animal lovers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438487120
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 04/01/2022
Series: Excelsior Editions
Pages: 326
Sales rank: 1,161,428
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Gary Bohan Jr. hails from Kingston, New York, where Sharkey was trained and is the great-grandson of Sharkey's trainer, Mark Huling. Mr. Bohan also plays trumpet and has performed with the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Joel Grey, and Itzhak Perlman.

Table of Contents


1. The Huling Brothers

2. Huling's Barn

3. Seal College

4. Sharkey Goes Broadway

5. Higher and Higher

6. Dry Act, Wet Act

7. Sharkey Goes Hollywood

8. Movie Palaces and Nightclubs

9. Sharkey Meets the President

10. A Postwar America

11. Sharkey Goes Television

12. Vaudeville Revival

13. The Show Must Go On

14 The End of an Era

15. Bygone Days

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