Showgirl Edie (Alice Faye) is wooed by playboy soldier Andy (James Ellison) while he’s on military leave, but then discovers when Andy returns home that he’s been promised to a rich debutante in an arranged marriage. Edie will have to turn on all her charms to make Andy realize she’s the only one for him. Carmen Miranda (singing “Tutti Frutti”) and jazz great Benny Goodman add pizzazz to Busby Berkeley’s colorful song-and-dance extravaganza.
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
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“Camp,” “psychedelic,” “surreal;” all these terms invariably come into play in Busby Berkeley’s 1943 musical The Gang’s All Here….