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Buzz’s Babes

Jeffrey Spivak

in Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813126432
eISBN:
9780813135663
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813126432.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Buzz made the move to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) with none of the grief he had suffered from Sam Goldwyn under similar circumstances. The Wizard of Oz notwithstanding, Buzz's first true test at MGM ... More


Listening to the Sirens: Musical Technologies of Queer Identity from Homer to Hedwig

Judith Peraino

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520215870
eISBN:
9780520921740
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520215870.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This book investigates how music has been used throughout history to call into question norms of gender and sexuality. Beginning with a close examination of the mythology surrounding the sirens—whose ... More


Putting His Best Foot Forward

Brent Phillips

in Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813147215
eISBN:
9780813151502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813147215.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores the duties of the Hollywood dance director. There is an in-depth look at the Arthur Freed productions of Best Foot Forward and Girl Crazy. Walters’ manner and working methods as ... More


Playing the Palace

Brent Phillips

in Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813147215
eISBN:
9780813151502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813147215.003.0016
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In this chapter, Louis B. Mayer resigns from M-G-M, as Dore Schary continues to reduce budgets and production schedules. Walters directs Arthur Freed’s nostalgic, but ill-fated, The Belle of New York ... More


Wonderful Nonsense

John Franceschina

in Hermes Pan: The Man Who Danced with Fred Astaire

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199754298
eISBN:
9780199949878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754298.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Dance, Popular

Hermes Pan moves to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to choreograph The Barkleys of Broadway with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland but is released at Garland’s request after the completion of the “Shoes With Wings ... More


Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance

Brent Phillips

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813147215
eISBN:
9780813151502
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813147215.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

During his lifetime, Charles “Chuck” Walters enjoyed a reputation as one of the foremost director-choreographers of Hollywood motion pictures. From his earliest directorial triumphs, Good News, ... More


A Swell Couple

Brent Phillips

in Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813147215
eISBN:
9780813151502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813147215.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter 11 presents a comprehensive look at the creation and reception of Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade (1948). Key points include Walters’ role as film director and partial choreographer (joined by ... More


Putting Oz into The Wizard of Oz

Michael Sragow

in Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780813144412
eISBN:
9780813145235
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813144412.003.0022
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Fleming was brought into the production of MGM’s bold new undertaking, an adaptation of Frank L. Baum’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Understandably, Fleming was both excited by the potential of ... More


The High Season on Television

Todd Decker

in Who Should Sing Ol' Man River?: The Lives of an American Song

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199389186
eISBN:
9780199389223
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199389186.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

“Ol’ Man River” was frequently heard on television during the height of the civil rights era—from roughly 1957 to the end of the 1960s. This chapter considers eleven televised versions performed by ... More


One Last at Bat

Jeffrey Spivak

in Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813126432
eISBN:
9780813135663
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813126432.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Whatever instigated the ugly argument that sealed his fate with Warner Brothers mattered little to Buzz now. The trades in May revealed that Esther Williams was named by MGM to play the leading role ... More


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