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Charles WaltersThe Director Who Made Hollywood Dance$
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Brent Phillips

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813147215

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813147215.001.0001

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A Swell Couple

A Swell Couple

(p.95) 11 A Swell Couple
Charles Walters

Brent Phillips

University Press of Kentucky

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 Robert Alton), his participation in the improvement of the screenplay, and his run-ins with producer Arthur Freed. Also discussed: Gene’s Kelly’s injury that resulted in Fred Astaire’s return to screen, Judy Garland’s mounting personal problems, and the necessity for her to simultaneously complete re-takes on Vincente Minnelli’s The Pirate.

Keywords:   Irving Berlin, Easter Parade, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Robert Alton

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