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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


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


Metro-Goldwyn-Schary

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/9780813147215.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In this chapter, the administrative changes at M-G-M and subsequent effects on the Metro product (post-WWII) are discussed. Louis B. Mayer’s truncated role as studio head is explored, as is the ... More


“A Dear Dame”

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/9780813147215.003.0015
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores homophobia in Hollywood, with some of Walters’ associates sharing their memories about the treatment of homosexuals in the movie industry in the 1950s. Walters begins ... 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


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


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


“Beyond the Rainbow”: Afterlives of the Songs from The Wizard of Oz

Walter Frisch

in Adapting The Wizard of Oz: Musical Versions from Baum to MGM and Beyond

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780190663179
eISBN:
9780190663216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190663179.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Popular

To paraphrase one of the most famous lines in movie history, we are not in Kansas—or in Oz—anymore. Nevertheless, the songs of The Wizard of Oz have continued to resonate well beyond the 1939 MGM ... More


Fred and Ginger

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/9780813147215.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter begins with Walters and John Darrow building a house in Malibu Beach, and concisely discusses the development of Malibu Colony. Most of this chapter is devoted to the making of The ... More


George Cukor: A Double Life

Patrick McGilligan

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680382
eISBN:
9781452948843
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680382.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

One of the highest-paid studio contract directors of his time, George Cukor was nominated five times for an Academy Award as Best Director. In publicity and mystique he was dubbed the “women’s ... More


People From Jolson to Justin in Eighty-Five Years

Richard Barrios

in Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199973842
eISBN:
9780199370115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199973842.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

The chapter starts with an examination of the performers in musical films—the successes, surprises, and failures. It considers this from the ego of Al Jolson to the generous partnering of Fred ... More


Nothing Succeeds Like Success

Nicholas Gebhardt

in Vaudeville Melodies: Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870-1929

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226448558
eISBN:
9780226448725
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226448725.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, American

The myth of success was predominantly a late nineteenth-century phenomenon, although it was clearly related to earlier Puritan mythologies about the work ethic and the virtuous life, as well as the ... More


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