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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 Company Man

A Company Man

(p.75) 9 A Company Man
Charles Walters

Brent Phillips

University Press of Kentucky

The chapter explores Walters’ role as prolific stager of musical sequences at M-G-M and discusses the studio’s insistence for lengthy rehearsal periods. In Broadway Rhythm he creates showcases for Lena Horne and Nancy Walker. Walters’ growing awareness of camera work and editing is explored. His dances are examined for their adherence to plot and character development. Also discussed in this chapter is his growing studio loyalty and un-credited work. This chapter contains detailed accounts of the making and reception of two films credited to new director Vincente Minnelli, Meet Me in St. Louis and Ziegfeld Follies of 1946.

Keywords:   Rehearsal, Camera work and editing, Broadway Rhythm, Nancy Walker, Lena Horne, Meet Me in St. Louis, Character-driven choreography, Ziegfeld Follies of 1946, Vincente Minnelli

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