Coro Apache Dancers 1930s Love Me Tonight Figural BroochCoro, Corocraft
Coro made this Apache Dancer figural as tribute to the 1932 movie - Love Me Tonight and was designed as a movie tie-in for Paramount Pictures. This faux violent dance was the rage of Paris from the very early 1900s through the late 1940s. Apache is pronounced Ah-pash and is named after the nickname given to the Parisian street gangs and their often wild behavior. Frequently performed in Cabarets and street festivals, this highly choreographed dance consisted of mandatory dance steps plus personal interpretation. The one and only unbreakable rule, neither party may be hurt during the spectacle. The women frequently fought back with laudable ferocity with various levels of success. The pin is brightly colored enamel over pot metal and is deliberately manufactured with a crude appearance to match the faux brutality of the dance itself. Brooch measures 2 x 1 3/4 and has a "c" closure - I have not seen a locking mechanism on this brooch and have had several move through my inventory - maybe a defect. Some are signed - most are not, nor is this one. Getting rare.
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