Berkeley, Busby
(1895-1976)
   Born Busby Berkeley William Enos in Los Angles, California, the film choreographer and director attended military school and was first employed in entertainment by the army in France during World War I. After the war, he worked as an actor and stage manager. Berkeley’s first dance directing was in the musical A Connecticut Yankee (1927). After a series of successful Broadway musicals including Street Singer (1929), Berkeley went to Hollywood and staged the dances in Whoopee starring Eddie Cantor in 1930. In 1933, he had three big hits with Warner Brothers’ film musicals, 42nd Street, Gold Diggers of 1933, and Footlight Parade, that established his trademark style of lavish singing and dancing routines with large numbers of chorus girls performing eye-catching routines in geometric formations often shot to appear in kaleidoscopic images. After leaving Warner Brothers for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Berkeley provided choreography and direction for a number of movies starring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, including Babes in Arms (1939), Strike Up the Band (1940), Babes on Broadway (1941), and Girl Crazy (1943). He also worked on The Gang’s All Here (1943), memorable for even more elaborate sets and costumes. After the war, Berkeley directed Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) and choreographed Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) and Easy to Love (1953). His last film was Jumbo in 1962.
   See also Cinema; Literature and theater.

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  • Berkeley,Busby — Berkeley, Busby. 1895 1976. American choreographer and film director noted for lavish, synchronized dance routines in films such as 42nd Street (1933). * * * …   Universalium

  • Berkeley, Busby — orig. William Berkeley Enos born Nov. 29, 1895, Los Angeles, Calif., U.S. died March 14, 1976, Palm Springs, Calif. U.S. film director and choreographer. The son of itinerant actors, he acted and danced in comedies from age five. After… …   Universalium

  • Berkeley, Busby — orig. William Berkeley Enos (29 nov. 1895, Los Ángeles, Cal., EE.UU.–14 mar. 1976, Palm Springs, Cal.). Director de cine y coreógrafo estadounidense. Hijo de actores itinerantes, actuó y bailó en rutinas teatrales desde los cinco años de edad.… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Berkeley, Busby — • БЕ РКЛИ (Berkeley) Басби (наст. имя и фам. Уильям Беркли Инос, Enos) (29.11.1895 14.3.1976)    амер. хореограф, режиссёр. Получил известность брод вейскими пост, мьюзиклов. В Голливуде с 1930 (хореограф). В 1933 дебютировал в режиссуре ф. Ей… …   Кино: Энциклопедический словарь

  • Berkeley, Busby —    см. Беркли, Басби …   Режиссерская энциклопедия. Кино США

  • Berkeley, Busby — Berke|ley, Bus|by [ bɜrkli, bʌzbi ] a U.S. movie director of the 1930s and 1940s. His movies are remembered for their impressive dances performed by large numbers of dancers …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Berkeley, Busby —  (1895–1976) Hollywood choreographer …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Busby Berkeley — [Busby Berkeley] (1895–1976) a US film and stage ↑director and ↑choreographer. He is best remembered for his grand music and dance sequences involving many actors, in such films as 42nd Street (1933) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Berkeley — puede referirse a: ● la ciudad de Berkeley, en el estado de California; ● la University of California, Berkeley localizada en la ciudad del mismo nombre. ● el filósofo y religioso británico George Berkeley, célebre representante de la escuela… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Busby Berkeley — Infobox actor name = Busby Berkeley imagesize = 200px caption = c.1935 birthdate = 29 November 1895 birthplace = Los Angeles, California U.S. deathdate = 14 March fy|1976 (age 80) deathplace = Palm Springs, California U.S. othername = occupation …   Wikipedia

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