Busby Berkeley

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Busby Berkeley (November 29, 1895 – March 14, 1976) was a highly influential Hollywood movie director and musical choreographer. Berkeley was famous for his elaborate musical production numbers that often involved complex geometric patterns. Berkeley's works used large numbers of showgirls and props as fantasy elements in kaleidoscopic on-screen performances. Description above from the Wikipedia article Busby Berkeley, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Things get tough for Carol and her showgirl pals, Trixie and Polly, when the Great Depression kicks in and all the Broadway shows close down. Wealthy songwriter Brad saves the day by funding a new Depression-themed musical for the girls to star in, but when his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Warren William  •  Joan Blondell  •  Aline MacMahon  •  Ruby Keeler

Things get tough for Carol and her showgirl pals, Trixie and Polly, when the Great Depression kicks in and all the Broadway shows close down. Wealthy songwriter Brad saves the day by funding a new Depression-themed musical for the girls to star in, but when his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Warren William  •  Joan Blondell  •  Aline MacMahon  •  Ruby Keeler

Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)

Romance strikes when a vacationing millionairess and her daughter and son spend their vacation at a posh New England resort.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Dick Powell  •  Adolphe Menjou  •  Gloria Stuart  •  Alice Brady

Romance strikes when a vacationing millionairess and her daughter and son spend their vacation at a posh New England resort.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Dick Powell  •  Adolphe Menjou  •  Gloria Stuart  •  Alice Brady

The Gang's All Here (1943)

Playboy Andy Mason, on leave from the army, romances showgirl Edie Allen overnight to such effect that she's starry-eyed when he leaves next morning for active duty in the Pacific. Only trouble is, he gave her the assumed name of Casey. Andy's eventual return with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Alice Faye  •  Carmen Miranda  •  Phil Baker  •  Benny Goodman

Playboy Andy Mason, on leave from the army, romances showgirl Edie Allen overnight to such effect that she's starry-eyed when he leaves next morning for active duty in the Pacific. Only trouble is, he gave her the assumed name of Casey. Andy's eventual return with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Alice Faye  •  Carmen Miranda  •  Phil Baker  •  Benny Goodman

The Phynx (1970)

A rock band becomes embroiled in foreign affairs when they're sent to go on tour in Albania as a cover to find hostages in a remote castle held by communist enemies of the USA.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee H. Katzin
CAST:  Michael A. Miller  •  Ray Chippeway  •  Dennis Larden  •  Lonny Stevens

A rock band becomes embroiled in foreign affairs when they're sent to go on tour in Albania as a cover to find hostages in a remote castle held by communist enemies of the USA.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee H. Katzin
CAST:  Michael A. Miller  •  Ray Chippeway  •  Dennis Larden  •  Lonny Stevens

The Blue Veil (1951)

A World War I widow loses her only child and spends the rest of her life as a children's nurse.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Bernhardt  •  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Jane Wyman  •  Charles Laughton  •  Joan Blondell  •  Richard Carlson

A World War I widow loses her only child and spends the rest of her life as a children's nurse.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Bernhardt  •  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Jane Wyman  •  Charles Laughton  •  Joan Blondell  •  Richard Carlson

That's Dancing! (1985)

A documentary film about dancing on the screen, from it's orgins after the invention of the movie camera, over the movie musical from the late 20s, 30s, 40s 50s and 60s up to the break dance and the music videos from the 80s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Haley Jr.
CAST:  Mikhail Baryshnikov  •  Ray Bolger  •  Sammy Davis Jr.  •  Gene Kelly

A documentary film about dancing on the screen, from it's orgins after the invention of the movie camera, over the movie musical from the late 20s, 30s, 40s 50s and 60s up to the break dance and the music videos from the 80s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Haley Jr.
CAST:  Mikhail Baryshnikov  •  Ray Bolger  •  Sammy Davis Jr.  •  Gene Kelly

Babes on Broadway (1941)

Penny Morris and Tommy Williams are both starstruck young teens but nobody seems to give them any chance to perform. Instead they decide to put up their own show to collect money for a summer camp for the kids.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Mickey Rooney  •  Judy Garland  •  Fay Bainter  •  Virginia Weidler

Penny Morris and Tommy Williams are both starstruck young teens but nobody seems to give them any chance to perform. Instead they decide to put up their own show to collect money for a summer camp for the kids.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Mickey Rooney  •  Judy Garland  •  Fay Bainter  •  Virginia Weidler

Blonde Inspiration (1941)

A writer (John Shelton) of pulp Westerns cranks out more words than his editor and publisher (Albert Dekker) want to pay for.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  John Shelton  •  Virginia Grey  •  Albert Dekker  •  Charles Butterworth

A writer (John Shelton) of pulp Westerns cranks out more words than his editor and publisher (Albert Dekker) want to pay for.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  John Shelton  •  Virginia Grey  •  Albert Dekker  •  Charles Butterworth

I Live for Love (1935)

A failed actor finds success as a radio singer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Everett Marshall  •  Dolores del Río  •  Guy Kibbee  •  Allen Jenkins

A failed actor finds success as a radio singer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Everett Marshall  •  Dolores del Río  •  Guy Kibbee  •  Allen Jenkins

Stage Struck (1936)

A Broadway show is forced to bow to the whims of a talentless,whacky, but rich, Broadway actress with a contract.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Dick Powell  •  Joan Blondell  •  Warren William  •  Frank McHugh

A Broadway show is forced to bow to the whims of a talentless,whacky, but rich, Broadway actress with a contract.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Dick Powell  •  Joan Blondell  •  Warren William  •  Frank McHugh

The Go-Getter (1937)

A Navy veteran with one leg fights to make himself a success.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  George Brent  •  Anita Louise  •  Charles Winninger  •  John Eldredge

A Navy veteran with one leg fights to make himself a success.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  George Brent  •  Anita Louise  •  Charles Winninger  •  John Eldredge

Comet Over Broadway (1938)

Story of a rising stage star and the trouble she causes by her ambition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Farrow  •  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Kay Francis  •  Ian Hunter  •  John Litel  •  Donald Crisp

Story of a rising stage star and the trouble she causes by her ambition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Farrow  •  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Kay Francis  •  Ian Hunter  •  John Litel  •  Donald Crisp

Forty Little Mothers (1940)

An out-of-work professor gets a break from an old college buddy to teach at an exclusive girl's school. But events conspire against him: he finds an abandoned child which he takes under his wing, despite the school's rules against teachers having a family; and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Eddie Cantor  •  Bonita Granville  •  Judith Anderson  •  Rita Johnson

An out-of-work professor gets a break from an old college buddy to teach at an exclusive girl's school. But events conspire against him: he finds an abandoned child which he takes under his wing, despite the school's rules against teachers having a family; and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Eddie Cantor  •  Bonita Granville  •  Judith Anderson  •  Rita Johnson

Garden of the Moon (1938)

Don Vincente is determined to make a success of himself and his band. He gets his break by performing at the Garden of the Moon, which is broadcast over the radio. The problem is that John Quinn is the club's ruthless, scheming manager who will do anything to keep ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Pat O’Brien  •  Margaret Lindsay  •  John Payne  •  Johnnie Davis

Don Vincente is determined to make a success of himself and his band. He gets his break by performing at the Garden of the Moon, which is broadcast over the radio. The problem is that John Quinn is the club's ruthless, scheming manager who will do anything to keep ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Pat O’Brien  •  Margaret Lindsay  •  John Payne  •  Johnnie Davis

Cinderella Jones (1946)

Judy Jones can claim inheritance only if she marries a genius.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Joan Leslie  •  Robert Alda  •  Julie Bishop  •  William Prince

Judy Jones can claim inheritance only if she marries a genius.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Joan Leslie  •  Robert Alda  •  Julie Bishop  •  William Prince

Men Are Such Fools (1938)

The romantic hills and valleys of advertising agency secretary Linda Lawrence (Priscilla Lane) provide the basis of this comedy drama. Unlike her soon-to-be-married roommate Nancy (Penny Singleton), Linda is determined to remain single and forge a strong career. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Wayne Morris  •  Priscilla Lane  •  Humphrey Bogart  •  Hugh Herbert

The romantic hills and valleys of advertising agency secretary Linda Lawrence (Priscilla Lane) provide the basis of this comedy drama. Unlike her soon-to-be-married roommate Nancy (Penny Singleton), Linda is determined to remain single and forge a strong career. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Wayne Morris  •  Priscilla Lane  •  Humphrey Bogart  •  Hugh Herbert

Lady Be Good (1941)

Married songwriters almost split up while putting on a big show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley  •  Norman Z. McLeod
CAST:  Eleanor Powell  •  Ann Sothern  •  Robert Young  •  Lionel Barrymore

Married songwriters almost split up while putting on a big show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley  •  Norman Z. McLeod
CAST:  Eleanor Powell  •  Ann Sothern  •  Robert Young  •  Lionel Barrymore

She Had to Say Yes (1933)

Florence Denny (Loretta Young) is Daniel Drew's (Lyle Talbot) girlfriend and secretary at a clothing manufacturer during the Great Depression. In order boost sales they have been using professional female entertainers to keep their clients very happy, but the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley  •  George Amy
CAST:  Loretta Young  •  Winnie Lightner  •  Lyle Talbot  •  Regis Toomey

Florence Denny (Loretta Young) is Daniel Drew's (Lyle Talbot) girlfriend and secretary at a clothing manufacturer during the Great Depression. In order boost sales they have been using professional female entertainers to keep their clients very happy, but the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley  •  George Amy
CAST:  Loretta Young  •  Winnie Lightner  •  Lyle Talbot  •  Regis Toomey

Bright Lights (1935)

Husband-and-wife vaudeville stars separate when success goes to his head.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Joe E. Brown  •  Ann Dvorak  •  Patricia Ellis  •  William Gargan

Husband-and-wife vaudeville stars separate when success goes to his head.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Joe E. Brown  •  Ann Dvorak  •  Patricia Ellis  •  William Gargan

Strike Up the Band (1940)

Jimmy and Mary get a group of kids together to play in a school orchestra. A huge contest between schools is coming up and they have a hard time raising money to go to Chicago for the contest.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Mickey Rooney  •  Judy Garland  •  June Preisser  •  William Tracy

Jimmy and Mary get a group of kids together to play in a school orchestra. A huge contest between schools is coming up and they have a hard time raising money to go to Chicago for the contest.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Mickey Rooney  •  Judy Garland  •  June Preisser  •  William Tracy
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