Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland reunite in this vibrant musical directed by Busby Berkeley. Thwarted in their attempts to break into the big time, showbiz wannabes Tommy Williams (Rooney) and Penny Morris (Garland) decide to stage their own Broadway production. Songs include “(I Like New York in June) How About You” and a selection of send-ups of performances by musical sensations — including Rooney’s hilarious Carmen Miranda imitation.
American director/choreographer Busby Berkeley made his stage debut at five, acting in the company of his performing family. During World War I, Berkeley served as a field artillery lieutenant, where he learned the intricacies of drilling and disciplining large groups of people. During the 1920s, Berkeley was a dance director for nearly two dozen Broadway musicals, including such hits as A Connecticut Yankee. As a choreographer, Berkeley was less concerned with the terpsichorean skill of his chorus girls as he was with their ability to form themselves into attractive geometric patterns. His musical numbers were among the largest and best-regimented on Broadway. The only way they’d get any larger was if Berkeley moved to films, which he did the moment films learned to talk. His earliest movie gigs were on Sam Goldwyn’s Eddie Cantor musicals, where he began developing such techniques as “individualizing” each chorus girl with a loving close-up, and moving his dancers all over the stage… read more