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Also Known As: Robert Alton Hart, Bob Alton Died: June 12, 1957
Born: January 29, 1902 Cause of Death: kidney ailment
Birth Place: Bennington, Vermont, USA Profession: choreographer, dancer, director

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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.

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.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Pagan Love Song (1950) Director
2.
  Merton of the Movies (1947) Director
3.
  Till the Clouds Roll By (1947) Mus numbers staged and dir by
4.
  You're the Top (1956) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Two-Faced Woman (1941) Cecil, Katherine's dancing partner
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:
Featured dancer in "Castle in the Air"
1934:
Choreographed first Broadway musical, "Anything Goes"
1936:
First film as choreographer, "Strike Me Pink"
:
Staged benefits for US Armed Forces during WWII
1946:
Directing debut with "Number Please" episode of "Ziegfeld Follies"
1947:
First film as sole director, "Merton of the Movies"
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Education

Mordkin Ballet and Dramatic School: New York , New York -

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wife:
Marjorie Fielding. Choreographer, dancer.

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