This is November’s edition of Comet Over Hollywood’s film references in music videos.
Director/choreographer Busby Berkeley was known for his elaborate nature and kaleidoscope-like musical numbers.
The music video begins with girls in gold sequined body suits.
In “Million Dollar Mermaid,” Williams wears an aluminum crown and a gold swimsuit, made of 50,000 sequins. Williams said in her autobiography, “The Million Dollar Mermaid: An Autobiography” that it weighed her down like chain-mail.
When Williams dove into the water, the crown hit the water, she broke three vertebrae and was in a full body cast for six months, she wrote.
Also, in the Red Hot Chilli Peppers video, girls swing on trapezes- like in “Easy to Love” (1953) or “Million Dollar Mermaid” (1952). At another part in the video girls dive sideways into the pool, reminiscent of a scene from “Bathing Beauty” (1944).
Another example of a Busby Berkeley kaleidoscope-like shot can be scene at 2:51, which is similar to scene from “42nd Street” (1933).
Thank you our friends over at Hollywood Revue for telling us the references in this video a few months ago!
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