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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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Beginning the Beguine

Beginning the Beguine

(p.21) 3 Beginning the Beguine
Charles Walters

Brent Phillips

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter begins with the successful appearances of dance team “Fox and Walters” at the Versailles nightclub. Walters meets rising choreographer Robert Alton and performs in the Theatre Guild’s critically-panned Parade. Chapter 3 presents a detailed look at the production and reception of the Cole Porter musical Jubilee, where Walters partnered June Knight, introduced “Just One of Those Things,” and danced “Begin the Beguine.” Walters’ development as a dancer — under the tutelage of Albertina Rasch and Tony and Rene De Marco — is discussed. This chapter also explores his friendship with young Montgomery Clift.

Keywords:   Robert Alton, choreographer, Nightclubs, The Theatre Guild’s Parade, Jubilee, Albertina Rasch, choreographer, Tony and Rene De Marco, “Begin the Beguine”, Montgomery Clift

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