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Busby Berkeley

Busby Berkeley (November 29, 1895 - March 14, 1976), born William Berkeley Enos in Los Angeles, California, was a highly influential Hollywood movie director and musical choreographer. His quintessential works used legions of chorus girls as geometric elements in elaborate production numbers. He started up as a theatrical director, just as many other movie directors. Unlike many of them at that time, he felt that a camera is something mobile and that its mobility should be used to allow movie audiences to see things and people by perspectives that the theatrical stage never could provide. This is why he played an enormous role in establishing movie musicals as a category in its own right.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Busby Berkeley Facts

Birth NameWilliam Berkeley Enos
BirthdayNovember 29, 1895
Date of deathMarch 14, 1976 (age 80)
Height5' 9" (1m75)

Selected Filmography

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
The Busby Berkeley Collection
TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Busby Berkeley
For Me and My Gal
The Carmen Miranda Collection
Babes on Broadway
They Made Me a Criminal
The Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly Collection
The Alice Faye Collection
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