Jim Proser

Mr. Copacabana

An American History by Night

Mr. Copacabana is the outrageous life story of Monte Proser, creator and operator of the famous Copacabana nightclub in New York City. Monte’s life story is a sweeping epic of the early 20th century through the eyes of one of the most colorful characters in American history. Because he was the involuntary partner of a series of the most powerful gangsters of the era, Monte's story is also a keyhole view of the struggle between crime and conscience in America. It is a history of America by night.

Legendary Director Stanley Kubrick at the Copa

Posted on Dec 22, 2015

Before Stanley Kubrick was a film director (Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange and The Shining) he was a teenager in New York.

Stanley.Kubrick.news.vendorIn 1945, at the tender age of 16, Kubrick sold Look magazine a photograph of a broken-hearted newsvendor reacting to the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

He was paid $25 for the photo and a couple months later, was hired as the youngest staff photographer in the history of Look magazine.

While at the magazine, he photographed the citizens of New York City including the Copacabana showgirls, shoeshine boys, boxers and freaks, its presidential visits and the confident young women strolling down the street.


Here are a few of his shots backstage at the Copa for Look.





Stanley had a real eye for the ladies as evidenced by the shot above.  More photos by Stanley Kubrick and other chroniclers of Broadway and Hollywood life are upcoming as we share the story of Mr. Copacabana.


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