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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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The Cinematerpsichorean

The Cinematerpsichorean

(p.66) 5 The Cinematerpsichorean

Jeffrey Spivak

University Press of Kentucky

In September 1832, Buzz moved to Warner Brothers. The filming of 42nd Street went well for Buzz. Later, he fell in love and married a petite redhead with a sunny smile named Merna Kennedy. However, by June 1934, only four months into their marriage, they became estranged. In 1935, the name Busby Berkeley was so well known to movie fans that his last name was linked to projects in which his participation was limited to the musical numbers. A Lloyd Bacon or Mervyn LeRoy picture was a Busby Berkeley movie to them. The fan letters continued to pour into the studio, and Buzz's popularity had never been higher. A man who combined groundbreaking technique in the artistry of film while seamlessly merging his craft with the classicism of dance was designated by Warner Brothers a cinematerpsichorean.

Keywords:   Warner Brothers, musical, Buzz Berkeley, 42nd Street, Sam Goldwyn, Merna Kennedy

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