Robert Alton

Choreographer, Director, Dancer
Former chorus boy and featured dancer who went on to stage the musical numbers for Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" (1934) and "Panama Hattie" (1940) and almost all of Rodgers and Hart's post-Balanchine Broadway shows ... Read more »
Born: 01/28/1902 in Bennington, Vermont, USA

Filmography

Producer (1)

The Girl Rush 1955 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Other (8)

The Girl Rush 1955 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

The Country Girl 1954 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

There's No Business Like Show Business 1954 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

White Christmas 1954 (Movie)

Choreography (Choreographer)

Call Me Madam 1953 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

The Pirate 1948 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Words and Music 1948 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Words and Music 1948 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Biography

Former chorus boy and featured dancer who went on to stage the musical numbers for Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" (1934) and "Panama Hattie" (1940) and almost all of Rodgers and Hart's post-Balanchine Broadway shows including "Pal Joey" (1940). Under long-term contract to MGM from the 1940s, while continuing to choreograph occasional Broadway musicals, Alton was a versatile, though never groundbreaking, dance director who did his finest work--such as the Fred Astaire/Judy Garland routines in "Easter Parade" (1948)--for individuals rather than large groups. His two solo directing efforts are for the most part forgettable.

Relationships

Marjorie Fielding

Wife

EDUCATION

Mordkin Ballet and Dramatic School

New York , New York

Milestones

1947

First film as sole director, "Merton of the Movies"

1946

Directing debut with "Number Please" episode of "Ziegfeld Follies"

1936

First film as choreographer, "Strike Me Pink"

1934

Choreographed first Broadway musical, "Anything Goes"

Featured dancer in "Castle in the Air"

Staged benefits for US Armed Forces during WWII

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