b. 2 Apr 1890, Helensburgh, Strathclyde, Scotland, d. 20 Oct 1957, London, Britain. A significant UK musical humor, revue and film celebrity, choreographer, director, maker and manager having a disarming, informal style, Buchanan’s profession spanned 40 years. He performed in amateur dramatics and regional music halls before shifting to London to are an understudy and chorus son. Rejected for armed service service in the beginning of World Battle I due to illness, he trained himself to dance, and performed a leading part within the touring edition of the Western End strike musical humor Tonight’s THE NIGHT TIME in 1915. His big break arrived two years later on when he got over from Jack port Hulbert in maker André Charlot’s revue Bubbly, accompanied by another Charlot display, A To Z, in 1921. Within the second option Buchanan sang one of is own all-time strikes, ‘And Her Mom Came As well’, with Ivor Novello’s music along with a lyric by Dion Titheradge. Also within the solid had been Beatrice Lillie and a Gertrude Lawrence. After branching out into administration using the musical farce Battling Butler at the brand new Oxford Theater, Buchanan visited NY with Lillie and Lawrence to surface in André Charlot’s Revue Of 1924 at the changing times Square Theatre. Buchanan was a considerable achievement on Broadway, and came back in 1926 with another Charlot revue where he duetted with Lawrence on ‘A SIT DOWN ELSEWHERE, A Sandwich, And You’. The documenting reached #5 5 within the graph and was his just US hit. Back London in 1926 he was at his maximum in Jerome Kern’s Sunny. With Elsie Randolph as his regular leading woman, he made an appearance in dance musicals such as for example That’s AN EXCELLENT Lady, Mr. Whittington, This’ll CAUSE YOU TO Whistle, and their last display collectively in 1943, It’s TIME AND ENERGY TO Dance. He also returned to NY for AWAKEN And Desire! with Jessie Matthews, and BETWEEN YOUR Devil with Evelyn Laye. Tunes such as for example ‘Who’, ‘Goodnight Vienna’, ‘I Believe I Can’, ‘There’s Usually Tomorrow’, ‘Nice Our Getting together with’, ‘Nice So And Therefore’, ‘Weep FORGET ABOUT My Baby’, ‘By Myself’ and ‘I’m INSIDE A Dance Mood’, were shipped in a apparently fragile, ‘typically British’ design. In his display OPERATE And Sing in the London Hippodrome in 1931, an extremely youthful Anna Neagle was found out by film maker Herbert Wilcox, who began her on the path to an extended and recognized film profession by placing her in to the Buchanan film Goodnight Vienna. Buchanan’s personal film career appropriate had were only available in 1917 using the silent Auld Lang Syne (he previously previously worked well as a supplementary), and included some comedies, light dramas and farces such as for example Yes, Mr Dark brown, Brewster’s Millions as well as the Gang’s All Right here. His first film musical was Paris, with Corsican celebrity/vocalist Irene Bordoni, and he produced several even more including Monte Carlo, aimed by Ernst Lubitsch, and co-starring Jeanette MacDonald, and also a few celluloid exchanges of his strike stage productions. In 1953, the very best UK and US song-and-dance guys met within the Music group Wagon. Buchanan and Fred Astaire’s duet, ‘I Figure I’ll NEED TO Change My Program’, and their smart edition, with Nanette Fabray, of ‘Triplets’ popularity, made that one of MGM’s most acclaimed musical movies, as well as the pinnacle of Buchanan’s profession.