Keeler, Ruby

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004


    Ingenue who starred alongside Dick Powell in a number of Busby Berkeley musicals of the 1930s, including 42nd Street, Footlight Parade, and Flirtation Walk. Keeler was married for some years to Al Jolson.

    Keeler is caricatured in The Woods Are Full of Cuckoos (Tashlin, 1937) as “Ruby Squealer”, though by this time she had left Warner Brothers at the insistence of Jolson, who’d had a falling out with the studio.

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