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BuzzThe Life and Art of Busby Berkeley$
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Jeffrey Spivak

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126432

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126432.001.0001

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One Last at Bat

One Last at Bat

(p.225) 12 One Last at Bat

Jeffrey Spivak

University Press of Kentucky

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 in its newest film, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, which was to begin filming the following month. Arthur Freed was the producer of Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Despite the fallout suffered during Girl Crazy, Buzz contacted Freed and told him he wanted to direct again. After getting the approval of his old boss, Loius B. Mayer, Buzz directed Take Me Out to the Ball Game. In October 1948, Buzz was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. After a few months of inactivity, Buzz was focused on two fronts: bringing Annie Get Your Gun to the screen and the troubled Judy Garland into the fold. Both tasks were unsuccessful.

Keywords:   Esther Williams, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Arthur Freed, Louis, Gene Kelly, B. Mayer, alcoholism, Judy Garland

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