Charles Walters

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Charles Walters (November 11, 1911 – August 13, 1982) was a Hollywood director and choreographer most noted for his work in MGM musicals and comedies in from the 1940s to the 1960s. He was born in Pasadena, California, and educated at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He is notable for directing Esther Williams' musicals involving underwater swimming and diving sequences, such as Dangerous When Wet, as well as several musicals starring Leslie Caron, such as Gigi (for which he is uncredited) and Lili. He has also directed musical remakes, including High Society, a remake of The Philadelphia Story (1940), and Bundle of Joy, a remake of Bachelor Mother (1939). Walters also directed the last pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, The Barkleys of Broadway, as well as Cary Grant in the actor's last film Walk, Don't Run. Walters died from lung cancer at the age of 71. According to William J. Mann's book, "Behind the Screen", Walters was gay. Description above from the Wikipedia article Charles Walters, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Easter Parade (1948)

On the day before Easter in 1911, Don Hewes is crushed when his dancing partner (and object of affection) Nadine Hale refuses to start a new contract with him. To prove Nadine's not important to him, Don acquires innocent new protegee Hannah Brown, vowing to make ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Judy Garland  •  Fred Astaire  •  Peter Lawford  •  Ann Miller

On the day before Easter in 1911, Don Hewes is crushed when his dancing partner (and object of affection) Nadine Hale refuses to start a new contract with him. To prove Nadine's not important to him, Don acquires innocent new protegee Hannah Brown, vowing to make ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Judy Garland  •  Fred Astaire  •  Peter Lawford  •  Ann Miller

High Society (1956)

Childhood friends Tracy Lord and C.K. Dexter Haven got married and quickly divorced. Now Tracy is about to marry again, this time to a shrewd social-climbing businessman. C.K. still loves her. Spy magazine blackmails Tracy's family by threatening to reveal her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Bing Crosby  •  Grace Kelly  •  Frank Sinatra  •  Celeste Holm

Childhood friends Tracy Lord and C.K. Dexter Haven got married and quickly divorced. Now Tracy is about to marry again, this time to a shrewd social-climbing businessman. C.K. still loves her. Spy magazine blackmails Tracy's family by threatening to reveal her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Bing Crosby  •  Grace Kelly  •  Frank Sinatra  •  Celeste Holm

Lili (1953)

Members of a circus troupe "adopt" Lili Daurier when she finds herself stranded in a strange town. The magician who first comes to her rescue already has romantic entanglements and thinks of her as a little girl. Who can she turn to but the puppets, singing to them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Leslie Caron  •  Mel Ferrer  •  Jean-Pierre Aumont  •  Zsa Zsa Gabor

Members of a circus troupe "adopt" Lili Daurier when she finds herself stranded in a strange town. The magician who first comes to her rescue already has romantic entanglements and thinks of her as a little girl. Who can she turn to but the puppets, singing to them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Leslie Caron  •  Mel Ferrer  •  Jean-Pierre Aumont  •  Zsa Zsa Gabor

The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)

Josh and Dinah Barkley are a successful musical-comedy team, known for their stormy but passionate relationship. Dinah feels overshadowed by Josh and limited by the lighthearted musical roles he directs her in. So she decides to stretch her skills by taking a role ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Ginger Rogers  •  Oscar Levant  •  Billie Burke

Josh and Dinah Barkley are a successful musical-comedy team, known for their stormy but passionate relationship. Dinah feels overshadowed by Josh and limited by the lighthearted musical roles he directs her in. So she decides to stretch her skills by taking a role ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Ginger Rogers  •  Oscar Levant  •  Billie Burke

The Belle of New York (1952)

In squeaky-clean New York at the turn of the century, playboy Charlie Hill falls so much in love that he can walk on air. The object of his affections is beautiful Angela Bonfils, a mission house worker in the Bowery. He promises to reform his dissolute life, even ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Vera-Ellen  •  Marjorie Main  •  Keenan Wynn

In squeaky-clean New York at the turn of the century, playboy Charlie Hill falls so much in love that he can walk on air. The object of his affections is beautiful Angela Bonfils, a mission house worker in the Bowery. He promises to reform his dissolute life, even ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Vera-Ellen  •  Marjorie Main  •  Keenan Wynn

Walk Don't Run (1966)

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During the '64 Olympics in Tokyo, Sir William "Bill" Rutland is visiting strictly for business but has no place to stay after his hotel reservation is screwed up. Everything's booked solid because of the Olympics. He sees a note posted in English, "Roommate wanted ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Samantha Eggar  •  Jim Hutton  •  John Standing

During the '64 Olympics in Tokyo, Sir William "Bill" Rutland is visiting strictly for business but has no place to stay after his hotel reservation is screwed up. Everything's booked solid because of the Olympics. He sees a note posted in English, "Roommate wanted ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Samantha Eggar  •  Jim Hutton  •  John Standing

The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)

Majestic mountains are in the background and a waterfall in the foreground. Is that a canoe on the river? No it's a cradle with a baby. The buoyant Molly Brown has survived the first crisis of her life -- a flood. Sixteen years later she sets out to make her way in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Debbie Reynolds  •  Harve Presnell  •  Ed Begley  •  Jack Kruschen

Majestic mountains are in the background and a waterfall in the foreground. Is that a canoe on the river? No it's a cradle with a baby. The buoyant Molly Brown has survived the first crisis of her life -- a flood. Sixteen years later she sets out to make her way in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Debbie Reynolds  •  Harve Presnell  •  Ed Begley  •  Jack Kruschen

Torch Song (1953)

Jenny Stewart is a tough Broadway musical star who doesn't take criticism from anyone. Yet there is one individual, Tye Graham, a blind pianist who may be able to break through her tough exterior.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Gig Young  •  Michael Wilding  •  Marjorie Rambeau

Jenny Stewart is a tough Broadway musical star who doesn't take criticism from anyone. Yet there is one individual, Tye Graham, a blind pianist who may be able to break through her tough exterior.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Gig Young  •  Michael Wilding  •  Marjorie Rambeau

The Glass Slipper (1955)

Musical adaptation of the story of Cinderella and her magical trip to the prince's ball.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Leslie Caron  •  Michael Wilding  •  Keenan Wynn  •  Estelle Winwood

Musical adaptation of the story of Cinderella and her magical trip to the prince's ball.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Leslie Caron  •  Michael Wilding  •  Keenan Wynn  •  Estelle Winwood

Summer Stock (1950)

To Jane Falbury's New England farm comes a troup of actors to put up a show, invited by Jane's sister. At first reluctant she has them do farm chores in exchange for food. Her reluctance becomes attraction when she falls in love with the director, Joe, who happens ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Judy Garland  •  Gene Kelly  •  Eddie Bracken  •  Gloria DeHaven

To Jane Falbury's New England farm comes a troup of actors to put up a show, invited by Jane's sister. At first reluctant she has them do farm chores in exchange for food. Her reluctance becomes attraction when she falls in love with the director, Joe, who happens ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Judy Garland  •  Gene Kelly  •  Eddie Bracken  •  Gloria DeHaven

Texas Carnival (1951)

A Texas carnival showmen team is mistaken for a cattle baron and his sister.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Esther Williams  •  Red Skelton  •  Howard Keel  •  Ann Miller

A Texas carnival showmen team is mistaken for a cattle baron and his sister.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Esther Williams  •  Red Skelton  •  Howard Keel  •  Ann Miller

Easy to Love (1953)

Two men vie for the heart of a Cypress Gardens swimming star.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Esther Williams  •  Van Johnson  •  Tony Martin  •  John Bromfield

Two men vie for the heart of a Cypress Gardens swimming star.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Esther Williams  •  Van Johnson  •  Tony Martin  •  John Bromfield

Two Loves (1961)

An American spinster who takes a job teaching Maori students in New Zealand finds unexpected romance with two men.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Shirley MacLaine  •  Laurence Harvey  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Nobu McCarthy

An American spinster who takes a job teaching Maori students in New Zealand finds unexpected romance with two men.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Shirley MacLaine  •  Laurence Harvey  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Nobu McCarthy

Three for Two (1975)

Lucille Ball stars with the Great One, Jackie Gleason, combining their comedic talents for the first time in a trio of comedy-dramas centered on the various aspects of marriage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Jackie Gleason  •  Gino Conforti  •  Lucille Ball  •  Paul Linke

Lucille Ball stars with the Great One, Jackie Gleason, combining their comedic talents for the first time in a trio of comedy-dramas centered on the various aspects of marriage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Jackie Gleason  •  Gino Conforti  •  Lucille Ball  •  Paul Linke

Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)

The daughter of a circus owner fights to save her father from a takeover spearheaded by the man she loves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Doris Day  •  Stephen Boyd  •  Jimmy Durante  •  Martha Raye

The daughter of a circus owner fights to save her father from a takeover spearheaded by the man she loves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Doris Day  •  Stephen Boyd  •  Jimmy Durante  •  Martha Raye

Three Guys Named Mike (1951)

A stewardess becomes romantically involved with an airline pilot, a college professor, and a successful businessman...all of whom are named Mike. When the three find out about each other, she has to decide which one she loves the most.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Jane Wyman  •  Van Johnson  •  Howard Keel  •  Barry Sullivan

A stewardess becomes romantically involved with an airline pilot, a college professor, and a successful businessman...all of whom are named Mike. When the three find out about each other, she has to decide which one she loves the most.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Jane Wyman  •  Van Johnson  •  Howard Keel  •  Barry Sullivan

Ask Any Girl (1959)

Sales girl falls for the younger of a company run by two brothers. The elder falls for her but plans to help her get his brother because he doesn't know he's in love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  David Niven  •  Shirley MacLaine  •  Gig Young  •  Rod Taylor

Sales girl falls for the younger of a company run by two brothers. The elder falls for her but plans to help her get his brother because he doesn't know he's in love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  David Niven  •  Shirley MacLaine  •  Gig Young  •  Rod Taylor

Dangerous When Wet (1953)

The health conscious, dairy-farming Higgins family begin each day with an invigorating swim. One day, traveling health-tonic salesman, Windy Weebe, comes to town and suggests they could swim the English Channel. Sponsored by "Liquapep" and coached by Windy, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Esther Williams  •  Fernando Lamas  •  Jack Carson  •  Charlotte Greenwood

The health conscious, dairy-farming Higgins family begin each day with an invigorating swim. One day, traveling health-tonic salesman, Windy Weebe, comes to town and suggests they could swim the English Channel. Sponsored by "Liquapep" and coached by Windy, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Esther Williams  •  Fernando Lamas  •  Jack Carson  •  Charlotte Greenwood

Don't Go Near the Water (1957)

Madison Avenue-trained Navy men handle public relations on a South Pacific island during World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Glenn Ford  •  Gia Scala  •  Earl Holliman  •  Anne Francis

Madison Avenue-trained Navy men handle public relations on a South Pacific island during World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Glenn Ford  •  Gia Scala  •  Earl Holliman  •  Anne Francis

The Tender Trap (1955)

An actress flirt demurely with a swinging Manhattan bachelor who thinks he has it made.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Frank Sinatra  •  Debbie Reynolds  •  David Wayne  •  Celeste Holm

An actress flirt demurely with a swinging Manhattan bachelor who thinks he has it made.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Frank Sinatra  •  Debbie Reynolds  •  David Wayne  •  Celeste Holm
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