Busby Berkeley

Busby Berkeley

Highest Rated: 100% For Me and My Gal (1942)

Lowest Rated: 81% Cabin in the Sky (1943)

Birthday: Nov 29, 1895

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

An innovative choreographer who freed dance in the cinema from the constraints of theatrical space, Busby Berkeley directed musical numbers that removed the confining proscenium of the stage to incorporate the fluid frame of the motion picture image. His geometrically unique dances were choreographed for that ideal. After a successful career on Broadway, Berkeley helped revolutionize the musical at a time when the genre first took off, thanks to the advent of sound. He choreographed "42nd Street" (1933) and made his debut as a solo director with "Gold Diggers of 1933" (1933), while earning Oscar nominations for his dance direction for "Gold Diggers of 1937" (1936) and "Varsity Show" (1937). He eventually directed a few movies starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, including "Babe in Arms" (1939), "Strike Up the Band" (1940) and "Babes on Broadway" (1941), only to have a falling out with the troubled actress on "Girl Crazy" (1943) which led to him being fired. Berkeley achieved camp infamy with "The Gang's All Here" (1943), which famously featured Carmen Miranda performing "The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat." After directing his last movie, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" (1949), Berkeley was exclusively a choreographer until leaving Hollywood altogether following "Billy Rose's Jumbo" (1962). Berkeley was a pioneering musical director whose influence stretched across generations.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Busby Berkeley - The Busby Berkeley Disc Director - 1970
100% 67% Annie Get Your Gun Director - 1950
95% 70% Take Me Out to the Ball Game Director - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cinderella Jones Director - 1946
81% 81% Cabin in the Sky Director - 1943
100% 68% The Gang's All Here Director - 1943
100% 74% Girl Crazy Director - 1943
100% 83% For Me and My Gal Director - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet We Must Have Music Self - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blonde Inspiration Director - 1941
No Score Yet 68% Babes on Broadway Director - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Forty Little Mothers Director - 1940
No Score Yet 80% Strike Up the Band Director - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fast and Furious Director - 1939
90% 69% Babes in Arms Director - 1939
No Score Yet 61% They Made Me a Criminal Director - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Men Are Such Fools Director - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Comet Over Broadway Director - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Garden of the Moon Director - 1938
No Score Yet 39% Hollywood Hotel Director - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Go-Getter Director - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stage Struck Director - 1936
No Score Yet 67% Bright Lights Director - 1935
100% 70% Gold Diggers of 1935 Director - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet She Had to Say Yes Director - 1933

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1971