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ALICIA MARKOVA, as photographed by John Rawlings.

Loretta Young as a ballet dancer in the 1941 film The Men in Her Life.

Loretta Young as a ballet dancer in the 1941 film The Men in Her Life.

Margot Fonteyn playing herself in the 1948 film The Little Ballerina (costumed for Les Sylphides).

CYD CHARISSE and FRED ASTAIRE in The Band Wagon.

CYD CHARISSE and FRED ASTAIRE in The Band Wagon.

Balanchine Goddess:  TAMARA GEVA in the original Broadway production of On Your Toes (Ray Bolger down left).

Dancer HARRIET HOCTOR, 1930s.

Dancer HARRIET HOCTOR, 1930s.

Anna Pavlova, the epitome of beautiful line and balance, in “The Dragonfly”

Anna Pavlova, the epitome of beautiful line and balance, in “The Dragonfly”

TAMARA TOUMANOVA dancing on the beach (Australia, 1939-40).

Diva and Prima:  actress GRETA GARBO and ballerina MAYA PLISETSKAYA

Broadway Baby Says Goodnight

Grand Old Movies is back, with a new post. We’re taking a hard, cold look at Busby Berkeley’s hardest, coldest, and greatest of his musical routines, “The Lullaby of Broadway,” from Gold Diggers of 1935. It’s a self-contained narrative about a party girl who lives for the Manhattan night life, highlighted by a demonic tap-dance routine that takes place in a Grand-Central-Station-sized nightclub. Nothing ever like it has been seen in movies before or since. Please click here to read our post. And bring along the martinis and tap shoes.