Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley

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Appendix: The Works of
Busby Berkeley

Stage Works

The information about Busby Berkeley’s stage work was gathered from Berkeley’s memoirs; Tony Thomas and Jim Terry, with Busby Berkeley, The Busby Berkeley Book (Greenwich, Conn.: New York Graphic Society, 1973); Martin Rubin, Showstoppers: Busby Berkeley and the Tradition of Spectacle (New York: Columbia University Press, 1993); and assorted Playbills and similar theater handouts.


Circa 1919

THE MAN WHO CAME BACK

A drama by Jules Eckert Goodman. Buzz played an unidentified dramatic role in the out-of-town production that ran for a year.


Circa 1921

IRENE

A musical comedy in two acts. MUSIC: Harry Tierney. BOOK: James Montgomery. LYRICS: Joseph McCarthy. Buzz played the role of Madame Lucy.


Circa 1922

PINWHEEL REVEL

An exploration of the dance. DESIGNER AND DIRECTOR: Michio Itow. STAGE MANAGER: Busby Berkeley. Buzz also appeared as an actor.


1923

THE GREENWICH VILLAGE FOLLIES

A revue in two acts. STAGE DIRECTOR: Busby Berkeley.


HITCHY KOO 1923

A musical revue. Buzz starred in the touring version and was director and performer.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Screen Classics ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Prologue 1
  • 1 - Actress and Son 4
  • 2 - In Formation 20
  • 3 - The Show Fixer 27
  • 4 - A Cyclopean Vision 48
  • 5 - The Cinematerpsichorean 66
  • 6 - The Cancerous Tire 123
  • 7 - Post-Traumatic Inspiration 143
  • 8 - Buzz’s Babes 164
  • 9 - Art and Audacity 198
  • 10 - The Stage Debacle 211
  • 11 - Inconsolable 218
  • 12 - One Last at Bat 225
  • 13 - Jumping, Tapping, Diving 235
  • 14 - Out of Sight 257
  • 15 - The Ringmaster 262
  • 16 - Remember My Forgotten Director 266
  • 17 - The Figurehead 272
  • 18 - The Palmy Days 292
  • Epilogue 296
  • On Busby Berkeley’s Memoirs 300
  • Appendix- The Works of Busby Berkeley 303
  • Notes 327
  • Index 353
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