Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance by Brent Phillips

By Brent Phillips

From the trolley scene in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers's final dance at the silver reveal ( The Barkleys of Broadway, 1949) to Judy Garland's undying, tuxedo-clad functionality of "Get satisfied" ( Summer Stock, 1950), Charles Walters staged the enduring musical sequences of Hollywood's golden age. in the course of his profession, this Academy Award--nominated director and choreographer showcased the skills of stars corresponding to Gene Kelly, Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds, and Frank Sinatra. even if, regardless of his many serious and advertisement triumphs, Walters's identify usually is going unrecognized today.

In the 1st full-length biography of Walters, Brent Phillips chronicles the artist's occupation, from his days as a featured Broadway performer and protégé of theater legend Robert Alton to his successes at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. he is taking readers behind the curtain of a few of the studio's so much cherished musicals, together with Easter Parade (1948), Lili (1953), High Society (1956), and T he Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964). furthermore, Phillips recounts Walters's institutions with Lucille Ball, Joan Crawford, and Gloria Swanson, examines the director's uncredited paintings on a number of motion pictures, together with the blockbuster Gigi (1958), and discusses his contributions to musical theater and American well known culture.

This revealing e-book additionally considers Walters's own existence and explores how he navigated the as an overtly homosexual guy. Drawing on unpublished oral histories, correspondence, and new interviews, this biography bargains an enjoyable and critical new examine an exhilarating period in Hollywood history.

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