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Nicholas Castle

Nicholas Castle



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Also Known As: Died: August 28, 1968
Born: March 21, 1910 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: Dance ...


Cast (feature film)

Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958) as Choreographer
A small-town repairman takes in his childhood sweetheart''''s triplets and is mistaken for their father.

Cinematography (feature film)

The Bus Is Coming (1971) as 1st asst cam

Music (feature film)

Make Believe Ballroom (1949) as Composer
Manhattan Angel (1949) as Composer
Around the World (1944) as Mus numbers created and staged by
Kay Kyser and his Kollege of Musical Knowledge entertain the troops overseas.
Show Business (1944) as Mus numbers created and staged by
Four vaudevillians struggle to make it to the big time.
Rookies on Parade (1941) as Composer
The House Across the Bay (1940) as Composer
An aircraft designer falls for an imprisoned gangster's wife.
Hold That Co-Ed (1938) as Composer
While running for governor a politician aids a needy college by plotting to assure victory for their football team. Though to be a parody of Huey Long and his machine.

Dance (feature film)

State Fair (1962) as Choreography
Expectations are high as the Frake family arrives at the annual Texas State Fair.
Pocketful of Miracles (1961) as Choreography
A good-hearted gangster turns an old apple seller into a society matron so she can impress her daughter.
The Errand Boy (1961) as Dances staged by
Paramutual Pictures wants to know where all the money is going so they hire Morty to be their spy. Morty works for Mr. Sneak and gets a job in the mail room so that he can have access to the lot. But all that Morty ever finds is that he can cause havoc no matter what he does.
The Bellboy (1960) as Mus numbers staged by
An accident-prone bellboy''s resemblance to Jerry Lewis causes rampant confusion.
CinderFella (1960) as Mus numbers staged by
The Cinderella story in form of a farce and with a guy in the leading role: Fowler is a clumsy simpleton, who has to care for his step mother and her two stuck-up sons Maximilian and Rupert. Only in the realms of phantasy he can find comfort. One day a good spirit appears to him and helps him to win the heart of the beautiful princess Charmant.
Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958) as Mus numbers staged by
A small-town repairman takes in his childhood sweetheart''''s triplets and is mistaken for their father.
Sing, Boy, Sing (1958) as Mus numbers staged by
A young Pop Star struggles with his singing career being "sinful" and his gospel roots that his grandfather who raised him instilled in his heart.
The Delicate Delinquent (1957) as Mus number staged by
Sidney Pythias (Jerry Lewis) is the a bumbling janitor picked up by cop Darren McGavin as a teenage gang member worth saving from delinquency. With McGavin's help, Sidney works his way through the Police Academy to become a cop too.
Anything Goes (1956) as Mus numbers staged by
The members of a song-and-dance duo promise the lead in their next show to two different women.
That Certain Feeling (1956) as Choreography
When Larry Larkin's syndicate complains that his comic strip isn't as amusing as it once was, he calls in neourotic ghost-writer Francis X. Dignan to help him with the strip. But things get complicated when Francis rekindles his love for his ex-wife, who happens to be Larkin's secratery and soon-to-
Pardners (1956) as Choreography
A cowardly tenderfoot goes west to help the son of his father''''s best friend.
Bundle of Joy (1956) as Mus numbers and dances staged by
A shop girl is mistaken for the mother of a foundling.
The Birds and the Bees (1956) as Mus numbers staged by
3 Ring Circus (1955) as Choreography
A pair of war veterans wreak havoc when they join the circus.
You're Never Too Young (1955) as Choreography
A murder witness masquerades as a twelve-year-old to escape the killers.
The Seven Little Foys (1955) as Choreography
The famed vaudevillian puts his children in the act to keep the family together when his wife dies.
Living It Up (1954) as Choreography
A newspaperwoman turns a man who thinks he''''s dying into a national hero.
Red Garters (1954) as Choreography
A musical about a man, Jason Carberry, who rides into a frontier town looking for his brother's killer, but is surprised to find everyone in the town is celebrating his kin's death and, for that matter, gunplay in general. He eventually discovers the murderer and each man swears to shoot down the other in a gunfight. However, their girlfriends team up to put an end to the bloodshed.
Here Come the Girls (1953) as Dances created and staged by
A chorus boy is used as bait to catch an attacker.
Sweethearts on Parade (1953) as Dance Director
Everything I Have Is Yours (1952) as Mus numbers staged by
On the eve of her big Broadway break, a dancer discovers she''''s pregnant.
Skirts Ahoy! (1952) as Mus numbers created and staged by
Three women join the Navy to find husbands.
Stars and Stripes Forever (1952) as "Springtime in New York" staged by
A film biography of the composer John Philip Sousa.
Royal Wedding (1951) as Dances by
A brother-and-sister musical team find romance when they tour to London for Elizabeth II's wedding.
Rich, Young and Pretty (1951) as Mus numbers staged by
A rancher's daughter visits Paris to meet her mother and find love.
The Strip (1951) as Dances staged by
A jazz drummer fights to clear his name when he's accused of killing a racketeer.
Summer Stock (1950) as Dances staged by
A farmer gets sucked into show business when a theatrical troupe invades her farm.
Nancy Goes to Rio (1950) as Dances created by
Mother-and-daughter singers compete for the same role and the same man.
There's a Girl in My Heart (1950) as Spec dances
You're My Everything (1949) as Dances staged by
In 1924, stage-struck Boston blueblood Hannah Adams picks up musical star Tim O'Connor and takes him home for dinner. One thing leads to another, and when Tim's show rolls on to Chicago a new Mrs. O'Connor comes along as incompetent chorus girl. Hollywood beckons, and we follow the star careers of the O'Connor family in silents and talkies. Includes good imitation "silents" with classic cameo by Buster Keaton.
Shamrock Hill (1949) as Dance Director
For the Love of Mary (1948) as [Miss Durbin's songs] staged by
On Our Merry Way (1948) as Dance Director
Oliver Pease gets a dose of courage from his wife Martha and tricks the editor of the paper (where he writes lost pet notices) into assigning him the day's roving question. Martha suggests, "Has a little child ever changed your life?" Oliver gets answers from two slow-talking musicians, an actress whose roles usually feature a sarong, and an itinerant cardsharp. In each case the "little child" is hardly innocent: in the first, a local auto mechanic's "baby" turns out to be fully developed as a woman and a musician; in the second, a spoiled child star learns kindness; in the third, the family of a lost brat doesn't want him returned. And Oliver, what becomes of him?
The Saxon Charm (1948) as Dance Director
Lulu Belle (1948) as Dance Director
Suspense (1946) as Skating seq
The new manager of an ice show plots to steal the owners business and his wife.
Earl Carroll Sketchbook (1946) as Mus numbers staged by
The Thrill of Brazil (1946) as Dances staged by
A theater producer is torn between his leading lady and his ex-wife while staging a show in Rio.
Mexicana (1945) as Mus numbers staged by
Nob Hill (1945) as Dances staged by
The owner of a San Francisco saloon yearns to rank among the upper crust of Nob Hill. When he begins romancing a wealthy socialite it looks like he may have his entree into high society. The pretty star of his saloon's show, however, wants to make sure he stays on the Barbary Coast.
Something for the Boys (1944) as Dances staged and dir by
The oddly-assorted Hart cousins: revue singer Blossom, con man Harry, and machinist Chiquita (who gets radio through her teeth!), inherit southern plantation Magnolia Manor, which alas proves to be a "termite trap" and tax liability. Fortunately, Sgt. Rocky Fulton from a nearby army camp appears with a plan to convert the place to a hotel for army wives; but to pay bills until then, they decide to put on a show. Of course, romantic and military complications intervene...
Hit Parade of 1943 (1943) as Dance Director
One of the many films made at Republic with a year attached to the "Hit Parade" title, which came from the "Hit Parade" radio program sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes. On reissue all of the entries underwent a title change from "Hit Parade of 19??" to, usually, a title of a song contained in the film, as happened in the case of this film when it was reissued as "Change of Heart" in 1949, and not known under that title until 1949. Not reissuing the film under the original title of "Hit Parade of 1943" had a two-fold purpose; the audiences of that era were not much interested in seeing a film twice, and a changed title-even when the original title was clearly shown in (very) small print in the ads and on the posters---had a chance of being seen again by that segment of the ticket-buying public who didn't read the small print. The plot here is just a trifle---Susan Hayward ghost writes songs for composer John Carroll, whose charms evidently outweighed his song-writing ability---played in and around some great singing and dancing numbers by, for its time, a large number of black performers including Dorothy Dandridge, Count Basie, dancing by the great Jack Williams and the team of "Pops & Louie"(Albert Whitman and Louis Williams)and others, including Spanish dancer Chinita Marin, billed as Chinita. The song "Change of Heart", by Jule Styne and Harold Adamson, was Oscar-nominated, and also became the title of the film on 1949 reissue. Walter Scharf also was Oscar-nominated for Best Scoring of a Musical. Republic seldom got two nominations in any single year, much less two in the same film.
Nobody's Darling (1943) as Dance Director
Two Senoritas from Chicago (1943) as Dance Director
Daisy Baker, a Chicago "refuse collector" who fancies herself as a theatrical agent, finds a play which had been thrown away by two Portuguese playwrights. Without bothering to get permission, she sends it off to a New York producer named Rupert Shannon and he wires her to come to New York immediately. Daisy and her two showgirl friends, Gloria and Maria, arrive in New York where the two girls assume accents and pretend to be the sisters of the playwright. Shannon agrees to star them in a production of the play. Two former friends, Lena and Louise, recognize the girls and threaten to blow the whistle unless they are also cast. Meanwhile, the two actual playwrights sell the story to producer Sam Grohman who hires Lena and Louise.
What's Buzzin' Cousin? (1943) as Dance Director
Freddy Martin (Himself) and his band go on a trailer vacation, taking along Rochester (Eddie Anderson) as a handy man. They run out of gas in a ghost town and have to spend the night in the deserted Palace Hotel. The next morning, Ann Crawford (Ann Miller) and her three friends, Josie (Leslie Brooks), Billie (Jeff Donnell) and May (Carol Hughes), arrive as Ann has inherited the hotel and most of the surrounding property, and she and her friends have pooled their savings to pay off the debts and formed a company to run the hotel. Jimmie Ross (John Hubbard), singer with the band, decides to help the girls and has the hotel done over at his expense. Rochester, digging in the Victory Garden he has started, finds a gold nugget and the rush is on. Gangster Pete Hartley (Bradley Page) and his henchmen move in with intentions of taking over. He succeeds, over Ann's protests, in buying the property from her friends. Jimmie returns and thinks Ann has double-crossed him and they quarrel and part. Jimmie discovers that Rochester's gold nugget was his own gold inlay. Later, back on the radio with Freddie's band, Jimmie sings a song especially to Ann, who he hopes is listening.
Moonlight Masquerade (1942) as Dance Director
The Mayor of 44th Street (1942) as Dance Director
A dance-band manager has to cope with hooligans trying to get into the act.
Joan of Ozark (1942) as Dance Director
Orchestra Wives (1942) as Nicholas Brothers dances staged by
A woman falls in love with a musician in a band and learns about life as an orchestra wife.
Miss Annie Rooney (1942) as Dance Director
A young girl has to overcome social prejudice when she falls for a wealthy young man.
Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942) as Mus numbers staged by
On the run from a rodeo boss, two greenhorns get jobs as cowboys.
Ball of Fire (1942) as Dance Director
A group of professors takes in a nightclub singer hiding from the law to protect her gangster boyfriend.
Johnny Doughboy (1942) as Dance Director
Buck Privates (1941) as Dance Director
Two small-time con artists enlist in the Army to avoid the police.
In the Navy (1941) as Mus numbers staged by
A famous radio crooner secretly enlists in the Navy and tries to keep his identity a secret.
Tall, Dark and Handsome (1941) as Dances staged by
A softhearted gangster tries to go straight.
San Antonio Rose (1941) as Mus numbers staged by
South of Tahiti (1941) as Dance Director
While not Maria Montez's first film with credit billing, this is the one that Universal used to launch her sex-sand-sarong (the sandals came later) career---"Maria Montez-The Screen's New Blaze of Excitement"--- that lasted over four years until she was usurped by Yvonne DeCarlo. The taglines here were just a warn-up for what was to come---"Daring Days! Exotic Nights! in a forbidden Pagan Paradise" and one even foreshadowed the title of one of her future films; "WHITE SAVAGE! Daughter of Eve...with a Soul of Satan! Lashing men and beasts to hate...and a forbidden Pagan Paradise!" The plotline says four men, Brian Donlevy, Brod Crawford, Andy Devine and Henry Wilcoxin, drift ashore to an exotic island where they meet a beautiful native girl. All become more than a little smitten with Melahi (Maria Montez), with the exception of Andy Devine who is only concerned about not becoming a meal for her pet leopard. They don't make 'em like this anymore.
Hellzapoppin' (1941) as Mus numbers staged by
Ole and Chick are making a movie, but th edirector is not satisfied. So he brings them to a young writer, who outlines them a absurd story They have to support Jeff and Kitty in setting up an musical revue in their garden and want to bring it up on Broadway. If Jeff is sucessful he can marry Kitty. But there is his rich friend Woody, who also loves Kitty, Chick's sister Betty, who's in love with a false Russian count, and Detective Quimby. They all make the thing very complicated for Ole and Chick. After some mistakes they think, that Kitty isn't the right girl for Jeff they start sabotating the show, but the Broadway producer is impressed and signs the contract. That's the story the writer tells them. For this he's soot by the director.
Hold That Ghost (1941) as Mus numbers staged by
Two bumbling gas station attendants find themselves stranded in a haunted house.
Golden Hoofs (1941) as Dance Director
The Girl from Avenue A (1940) as Minuet and tableau staged by
Shooting High (1940) as Dances staged by
Jane Pritchard (Jane Withers) sides with the Carsons in a generations-old feud which her family wages with the descendents of Wild Bill Carson, first United States Marshal of Carson Corners. Will Carson (Gene Autry) insists that a Pritchard killed his grandfather when the Marshal came into town on a marauding expedition led by The Hawk. Will maintains his grandfather had joined the gang to trap the leaders and a trigger-happy Pritchard had kept him from doing so. A crew from Signet Pictures comes to town to film the story of Wild Bill's life. Will is in love with Jane's sister, Marjorie (Marjorie Weaver)but her banker-father opposes the match. Will and Marjorie argue, and she becomes infatuated with Bob Merritt (Robert Lowery), who is to co-star in the film with Evelyn Trent (Kay Aldridge, billed as usual at TCF as Katharine Aldridge.) Jane and Sheriff Clem Perkle (Hobart Cavanaugh) get rid of Merritt by telling him the townspeople are going to ride him out of town on a rail. Movie director J. Wallace Rutledge (Hamilton McFadden)agrees to let Will play the role of his grandfather. On the day a bank robbery scene is to be filmed at Pritchard's bank, four supposed actors who have joined the troupe turn out to be bank robbers for real. The townspeople, seeing Will chasing after the robbers, assume he was part of the gang and has reverted to what they consider the character trait of the Carson family.
Young People (1940) as Dance Director
Shirley's last film on her 20th Century Fox contract (aged 12). Her parents (Oakie, Greenwood) decide to retire from show biz so she can have a normal life. They are unwelcome in the small town until a storm lets the family show their stuff. Clips from earlier films fill in Shirley's background.
Down Argentine Way (1940) as Dances staged by
Love and horse racing spice up an American girl's South American vacation.
Elsa Maxwell's Public Deb No. 1 (1940) as Dances staged by
When a waiter (Murphy) gives a society girl (Joyce) a public spanking for attending a Communist rally, her soup-tycoon uncle (Ruggles) makes the waiter a vice-president of his company.
Youth Will Be Served (1940) as Dances staged by
A southern girl (Withers) goes to a National Youth Association camp after her father goes to jail for bootlegging. When a mean tycoon tries to buy the campground for himself she stages a show which endears her to him. Then her father escapes and catches the crooks who took the tycoon's money, all is saved.
Swanee River (1940) as Dance Director
More fictional than factual biography of Stephen Foster. Songwriter from Pittsburgh falls in love with the South, marries a Southern gal (Leeds), then is accused of sympathizing when the Civil War breaks out.
The Arizona Wildcat (1939) as Dances staged by
Mary Jane Patterson finds an old poster in the attic offering a reward for the capture of bandit "El Gato", whom she recognizes as Manuel Hernandez, her adopted father. He jokingly tells her that the members of his band, which robbed from the rich to give to the poor, ar now all respected citizens in their town of Mineville, Arizona. Donald Clark (William Henry), a stranger, recognizes the crooked town-Sheriff Richard Baldwin (Henry Wilcoxin) as the man he is hunting as the murdered of his father, but is outdrawn and shot by the sheriff. The wounded Clark escapes and makes his way to Manuel's house, where a group is entertaining schoolteacher Caroline Reid (Pauline Moore.) The sheriff and his men capture Clark, but Mary Jane mounts a horse and gallops away, and throws a rock through the windows of each member of El Gato's band with a message reading: "Be prepared---We Ride Again. El Gato." And also a note into the sheriff's office warning him that El Gato will ride again unless Clark is released inside of 24 hours. Manuel knows nothing of this the next day when he walks down the street and is puzzled by the mysterious winks of his friends and their whispered assurances that they are ready. But he leads his men against the sheriff, and soon finds himself under arrest and on trial charged with kidnapping the prisoner, stealing a gold shipment and killing the Wells Fargo agent.
The Little Princess (1939) as Dances staged by
When her father is reported dead in war, his daughter fights harsh conditions at her boarding school.
Boy Friend (1939) as Dances staged by
A cop pretends to be a crook in order to catch a gang of outlaws. The bad guys run a night club as a front. The cop's sister helps him by singing there; otherwise, she's busy making love to a military cadet.
Everything Happens at Night (1939) as Skating numbers staged by
Two reporters compete to discover a scientist living in hiding and win his daughter.
While New York Sleeps (1939) as Dances staged by
Sally, Irene and Mary (1938) as Dances staged by
Manicurists Sally, Irene and Mary hope to be Broadway entertainers. When Mary inherits an old ferry boat, they turn it into a successful supper club.
Up the River (1938) as Dances staged by
Card sharps Chipper Morgan (Preston Foster) and Darby Randall (Arthur Treacher) pick the wrong victim, Detective Willis (Alan Dinehart), on a transatlantic crossing, and are arrested upon docking in New York and returned up the river to Rockwell Prison, their old alma mater. They had played brilliant football for "dear old Pen" during their prior semesters, and prison coach Slim Nelson (Slim Summerville) is happy to see them back for graduate work, especially with the annual grudge game with Larson State Pen coming up. Willis, who has been named the new warden for Rockwell, gives them soft jobs and then places a large bet on the Larson eleven. Both Chipper and Darby feel badly about the raw deal handed fellow "student" Tommy Grant (Tony Martin) and his sweetheart, Helen (Phyllis Brooks), who were innocently caught up in a phoney pension racket ran by swindlers Jeffrey Mitchell (Sidney Toler) and Ray Douglas (Robert Allen), and were both jailed. When Phyllis is released from Stillwell Prison for Women, she tells Tommy about the two men and their racket, and he decides to escape, even though he has only a month more to serve, and put an end to their scheme. He plans his break for the night of the prison's "varsity show" and tells Chipper and Darby, who promise to help him. But the pair tie up Tommy and make the break themselves, dressed as women. They go to Springfield, save the victim's money, get a confession from Mitchell and Douglas clearing Tommy and Helen, turn them over to the sheriff...and race back to Rockwell to find their team behind 14-9 late in the game. Can they lead old Rockwell to a comeback victory?
Battle of Broadway (1938) as Dances staged by
Little Miss Broadway (1938) as Dances staged by
An orphan adopted by show people helps them fight off a nasty landlady.
Hold That Co-Ed (1938) as Dances staged by
While running for governor a politician aids a needy college by plotting to assure victory for their football team. Though to be a parody of Huey Long and his machine.
Just Around the Corner (1938) as Dances staged by
Once rich architect (Farrell) ruined by the Depression and working as a janitor has a daughter (Temple) who befriends a millionaire (Gillingwater) who backs her dad's engineering plans.
In Old Chicago (1938) as Dance Director
Two Irish brothers become political and romantic rivals.
Love and Hisses (1937) as Dances staged by
Life Begins in College (1937) as Dance Director
When a wealthy Indian student endows the college so they can keep the football coach rumor has it the Indian has played professionally and can't be on the team.

Cast (special)

Caterina Valente Show, The (1971)
A musical tour of Germany with singer Caterina Valente.

Dance (special)

Favorite Songs (1964) as Choreography
A musical songfest that features selections based on a "Reader's Digest" Magazine poll of their readers' favorite songs.

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