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Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2017 9:15 p.m. PST

The Musicals poll has me watching Busby Berkeley clips again,so I thought I'd post one here,in case some pore benighted 'eathen has led a deprived existence.

This one is from his first for Warners, 42nd Street. The budget wasn't as lavish as what he got later (they had no idea what a smash it would be),but all the signature moves are there--the tight choreography, the kaleidoscope overhead shots,and the gorgeous girls (and their legs!)

https://youtu.be/mSvQtAnh_CI

BTW,the platinum doll Dick Powell's singing about is Toby Wing, known back then as the "Cutest of the Chorus Cuties".

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She later married an Army Air Force officer who eventually became Ike's Air Force One pilot.

Virginia gamers may be interested to know she was from Amelia. You can hear her accent in a scene at the beginning of the film.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian15 May 2017 2:18 a.m. PST

Nice way to start the day! grin

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2017 9:05 p.m. PST

Did you spot Ginger Rogers in the chorus line?

Toby got to play the lead in a few B movies,of which I've seen only one, "Thoroughbred"(1936). Somebody called her the Harlow of the B's, which I guess is about right. She retired from film at age 23.

She has a giggle at the beginning of this bizarre scene:

https://youtu.be/rnySJxE_XQA

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2017 1:10 p.m. PST

More Toby:

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She was once engaged to Uncle Fester!

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2017 5:27 p.m. PST

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Of wargame interest, her grandfather was a CSA veteran (44th Virginia), and her father survived the Bataan Death March.

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