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Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance

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From the trolley scene in "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944) to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers's last dance on the silver screen ( "The Barkleys of Broadway," 1949) to Judy Garland's timeless, tuxedo-clad performance of "Get Happy" ( "Summer Stock," 1950), Charles Walters staged the iconic musical sequences of Hollywood's golden age. During his career, this Academy Award--nomin ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 12th 2014 by University Press of Kentucky
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Christina
I read Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance by Brent Phillips for the Out of the Past Classic Film Blog - 2016 Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge. Ever since I watched him dance with Judy Garland in the finale of the 1943 film Presenting Lily Mars, I have been a fan of Charles ‘Chuck’ Walters. He was elegant, handsome, and confident. I just had a feeling he was different from all the other nameless dancing partners found on the big screen, and boy did I call it! (Althou ...more
Raquel
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had never heard of director Charles Walters until I acquired Brent Phillip’s biography. This is an utter shame because Walters directed and choreographed my favorite musical of all time: Good News (1947). I was happy to have an opportunity to correct this egregious error and I dived right into the book.
I used to dance so I have much appreciation for the art form and how Walters applied his skills as a dancer to his work as a director. I really enjoyed learning about Charles Walters and am glad
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Kathy
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know who Charles Walters was until I hard him being discussed on TCM. And then I found out that while I wasn't familiar with him, I sure wa familiar with his work. I had to buy this biography that discusses his life in detail. Starting as a Broadway dancer in the 30' he worked hi way up to choreographer. He headed to Hollywood in the early 40's and landed at MGM where just about every movie made there had a touch of him. He started our dancing and morphed into staging dances and eventua ...more
Mandy
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, biography
Although my opinion may be biased, since I'm a part of the second family mentioned in the acknowledgements, I really enjoyed this book. I of course wanted to read this book since I know the author, but I had previously never heard of Charles Walters so I didn't think I would like this biography.

Phillips has arranged this book into short chapters for an easy read, while still leaving you wanting more at the of each chapter making it difficult to put the book down. Even though I was previously un
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Herb
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
A wonderful biography of the brilliant, gay director/choreographer at MGM during the Golden Age. Highly recommended.
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