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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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Playing the Palace

Playing the Palace

(p.136) 16 Playing the Palace
Charles Walters

Brent Phillips

University Press of Kentucky

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 (1952) starring Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen. With Roger Edens supplying musical material, Walters directs and stages Judy Garland’s 1951 engagement at The Palace Theatre in New York. His manner as a choreographer is discussed by his dancers. This salute to “two-a-day” vaudeville earned critical and popular acclaim, resulting in an extended nineteen-week run. Walters appears on stage with Garland on opening night, performing the duet “A Couple of Swells.” Walters comments on Garland’s mystique and public appeal.

Keywords:   Dore Schary, The Belle of New York, Vera-Ellen, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Roger Edens, The Palace Theatre, New York City, Vaudeville, “Two-a-Day”

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