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Jumping, Tapping, Diving

Jeffrey Spivak

in Buzz

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126432
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135663 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126432.003.0014
Jumping, Tapping, Diving

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For ten months, from the dismissal of Annie in May 1949 to the last days of February 1950, Buzz remained unemployed. After that, for the first time in his career, Busby Berkeley worked alongside the biggest emerging threat to his industry: television. But as a true artist, his visionary musical numbers rose above their environment. Buzz and Esther Williams were collaborating again. The new project Million Dollar Mermaid was the story of Annette Kellerman, Australia's first superstar. She was a champion swimmer, diver, Hippodrome performer, and actress in a dozen silent films. Collectively, Buzz's work in the 1950s was a splendid reaffirmation of his skills, reflecting the creativity and enthusiasm of his younger years. After Rose Marie finished shooting in late 1953, he waited for his phone to ring. Strangely, waiting devolved to languishment; nothing at all was either offered or forthcoming.

Keywords: Broadway; television; Esther Williams; Annette Kellerman; Million Dollar Mermaid

Chapter.  9265 words. 

Subjects: Film

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