Charles Walters

Charles Walters

Highest Rated: 100% Lili (1953)

Lowest Rated: 55% The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)

Birthday: Nov 17, 1911

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Brooklyn-bred Charles Walters appeared in a few Broadway plays as a teenager before heading to the West Coast to attend the University of Southern California. When he returned to the New York stage, he did so as a dancer, mostly as a simple background player, until graduating to choreographer for a 1939 revue called "Sing Out the News," which starred June Allyson. He worked on Broadway for a few more years before returning to Los Angeles and entering the film business. He oversaw the dance sequences of a number of movies, most notably the Judy Garland vehicle "Meet Me in St. Louis." In 1947, he directed his first film, the musical comedy "Good News," which once again starred June Allyson. Walters spent the next two decades directing, often serving as his own uncredited choreographer. Walters and MGM discovered that he was adept at directing movement in water as well as on the soundstage, and he soon became a favorite director of swimming sensation Esther Williams, helming several of her aquatic musicals, including "Dangerous When Wet." By coincidence, Walters presided over the final films of some of Hollywood's greatest icons. In 1949, he directed "The Barkleys of Broadway," the last pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and in 1966 he traveled to Japan with Cary Grant to make "Walk Don't Run," after which both he and Grant retired from motion pictures, although Walters directed a few more TV projects.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
83% 70% Walk, Don't Run Director - 1966
78% 70% The Unsinkable Molly Brown Director - 1964
No Score Yet 57% Billy Rose's Jumbo Director - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Loves Director - 1961
57% 60% Please Don't Eat the Daisies Director - 1960
No Score Yet 63% Ask Any Girl Director - 1959
No Score Yet 15% Don't Go Near the Water Director - 1957
82% 83% High Society Director - 1956
No Score Yet 65% The Glass Slipper Director - 1955
67% 56% The Tender Trap Director - 1955
No Score Yet 47% Torch Song Director - 1953
No Score Yet 48% Dangerous When Wet Director - 1953
100% 81% Lili Director - 1953
No Score Yet 45% Easy to Love Director - 1953
No Score Yet 32% The Belle of New York Director - 1952
No Score Yet 17% Texas Carnival Director - 1951
No Score Yet 67% Three Guys Named Mike Director - 1951
100% 83% Summer Stock Director - 1950
55% 71% The Barkleys of Broadway Director - 1949
91% 86% Easter Parade Director - 1948
100% 79% Good News Director - 1947
70% 58% Ziegfeld Follies Director - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spreadin' the Jam Director - 1945

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's Lucy Director 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Governor & J.J. Director 1970

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