Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland headline this 1943 MGM musical based on the hit Broadway show. Undisciplined rich kid Danny Churchill (Rooney) gets sent to an all-male college, where romance blooms when he meets the only girl for miles around (Garland). Just so happens she’s the dean’s granddaughter. The exuberant soundtrack includes such songs as “I Got Rhythm” and “Embraceable You” by the incomparable Gershwin brothers.
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
Norman Rae Taurog (February 23, 1899 – April 7, 1981) was an American film director and screenwriter. Between 1920 and 1968, Taurog directed over 140 films, and directed Elvis Presley in more movies than any other director (nine, starting with G.I. Blues (1960)). He won the 1931 Academy Award for Best Director for the film Skippy and still holds the record as the youngest director (32) to win it. He was later nominated for Best Director for the 1938 film, Boys Town. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Norman Taurog has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1600 Vine Street.
It could be said that Norman Taurog had five chapters to his career. His first was as a child performer on the stage from an early age, making his movie debut aged 13 in the short film Tangled Relations, produced by Thomas Ince’s studios. In the eight years until his next screen credit, he worked in theatre, mostly off-Broadway.
By the time he re-entered the movie industry, he made… read more