Legendary movie musicals director? You’re thinking Vincente Minnelli, Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly – not Charles Walters. But, as Brent Phillips argues cogently in his illuminating new book, that exclusion is simply unjust.
Charles “Chuck” Walters’ work has certainly left an indelible impression. There are beloved, hugely influential films on his CV, from Meet Me in St Louis and Summer Stock to High Society and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, plus Phillips highlights uncredited projects like Gigi. It’s a peculiarity of history that the man himself should have slid into obscurity.