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|Named Person:||Fred Astaire; Robert Alton; Stanley Donen; Betty Comden; Adolph Green; Jack Cole; Claude Bessy; Carol Haney; Berenice Holmes; Judy Garland; Donald O'Connor|
|Material Type:||Audio book, etc.|
|Document Type:||Sound Recording|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Gene Kelly; Marilyn Hunt
|Notes:||Interviewee requested that tape and transcript be consulted simultaneously.
Interviewed by Marilyn Hunt in Beverly Hills, California on March 10-14, 1975.
For transcript of interview, see: *MGZMT 5-234.
|Description:||11 audiocassettes (8 hr., 38 min.) : analog, mono|
Cassette 5, Side A. The role of his dance assistants (Donen, Carol Haney, Jeannie Coyne); choreographing for the camera; a dancer's typical filming day; working with children; dance as a primal activity. Cassette 5, side B. His cartoon dances in Anchors aweigh and Invitation to the dance. Cassette 6, side A. The Spanish dance in Anchors aweigh (relation of taps to melody and beat); necessity of conventions in film; The Babbitt and the Bromide number in Ziegfeld follies with Astaire; Astaire's style and attitude toward work; his Navy film work. Cassette 6, side B. Infrequent use of stuntmen; The pirate (director Vincente Minnelli, critical over-interpretation, its reception, cuts). Cassette 7, side A. Continues discussion of The pirate (discrimination against black performers); necessity for cooperation in musicals. Cassette 7, side B. Invitation to the dance. Cassette 8, side A. Commissioning the music for Invitation to the dance; critics; film acting contrasted with stage acting. Cassette 8, side B. Slaughter on Tenth Avenue number in Words and music; women dancers and partnerships in movies; Take me out to the ballgame. Cassette 9, side A-B. On the town; Summer stock (Garland, Nick Castle, the squeaky board dance). Cassette 10, side A. An American in Paris; Singin' in the rain (Donald O'Connor). Cassette 10, side B. Singin' in the rain (Debbie Reynolds, Betty Comden and Adolph Green); Brigadoon (working in Cinemascope); Les girls (Jack Cole); directing Flower drum song on Broadway (Carol Haney).
Cassette 11, Side A. Directing Hello Dolly; television work ("Dancing is a man's game"); desire to direct more musicals. Cassette 11, Side B is blank.
- Motion pictures.
- Pas de dieux (Choreographic work : Kelly)
- Astaire, Fred, -- 1899-1987.
- Alton, Robert, -- 1897-1957.
- Donen, Stanley.
- Comden, Betty.
- Green, Adolph.
- Cole, Jack, -- 1911-1974.
- Bessy, Claude.
- Haney, Carol.
- Holmes, Berenice.
- Garland, Judy.
- O'Connor, Donald, -- 1925-2003.
- Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Interviews.