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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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Putting His Best Foot Forward

Putting His Best Foot Forward

(p.64) 8 Putting His Best Foot Forward
Charles Walters

Brent Phillips

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter explores the duties of the Hollywood dance director. There is an in-depth look at the Arthur Freed productions of Best Foot Forward and Girl Crazy. Walters’ manner and working methods as a dance director are discussed and contrasted with the tactics of popular Busby Berkeley. Walters’ professional relationships with songwriters Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin are presented. Additionally, this chapter looks at Walters’ emerging personal and professional relationship with Judy Garland, his screen debut dancing opposite her in Presenting Lily Mars (produced by Joseph Pasternak), and Walters influence on Garland’s onscreen maturation.

Keywords:   Hollywood dance director, Busby Berkeley, Best Foot Forward, Girl Crazy, Presenting Lily Mars, Joseph Pasternak, producer, Judy Garland

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