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The Busby... Fans of modern movie musicals like "Chicago" (2002) and "Hairspray"... more info $59.98was $59.98 Buy Now

42nd Street... This timeless behind-the-scenes musical is a dazzling piece of entertainment.... more info $5.99was $19.98 Buy Now

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Colleen DVD ... Oscar and Golden Globe-nominee Joan Blondell ("Grease," "The Champ") stars in... more info $11.99was $17.99 Buy Now

Flirtation... Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler play a cadet and general’s daughter who once shared... more info $11.99was $17.99 Buy Now

Ready, Willing... American Jane Clarke (Ruby Keeler) is Ready, Willing and Able to pass herself... more info $11.99was $17.99 Buy Now

Also Known As: Ethel Hilda Keeler Died: February 28, 1993
Born: August 25, 1909 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA Profession: Cast ... actor dancer singer


Former speakeasy dancer, chorine and Broadway lead who married musical star Al Jolson and moved with him to Hollywood, where she starred in some of the classic musicals of the 1930s. Keeler made her film debut as an aspiring showgirl in "42nd Street" (1933), opposite newcomer Dick Powell. She would be paired with the singing Powell in seven Warner Bros. extravaganzas, most of them distinguished by their elaborate, surrealistic, Busby Berkeley-designed dance routines. Keeler was sometimes the decorative centerpiece of Berkeley's bizarre numbers; buffs are unlikely to forget the jigsaw puzzle of Keeler's face in "Dames" (1934), assembled to the haunting strains of "I Only Have Eyes for You".

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