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Betty Hutton Film Festival – Let’s Dance (1950)

October 20, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Betty Hutton (born Elizabeth June Thornburg on February 26, 1921 in Battle Creek, Michigan) was an American stage, film and television actress, comedian, dancer and singer. She was raised in Detroit during the Great Depression by a single mother who worked as a bootlegger. She began performing at a young age, entertaining patrons at her mother’s speakeasy. She rose to fame in the 1940’s after performing on Broadway, and later in 1941 signing a contract with Paramount Pictures. During those years she also recorded numerous singles for Capital Records. Her last feature film was in 1957 with Spring Reunion. She passed away in 2007 at the age of 86.

She starred in the movie ‘Let’s Dance’ with Fred Astaire in 1950, which is the feature film in this event. During World War II Kitty McNeal (Betty Hutton) and her dance partner Donald Elwood (Fred Astaire) are performing for troops in London. Don announces his engagement to Kitty on stage, but Kitty later tells him she’s recently married pilot Richard Everett, a member of a wealthy Boston family. Everett is killed soon after the marriage after being shot down. Don and Kitty cross paths in later years in this Comedy-Drama, with many twists and turns, but eventually get married. The film also stars Roland Young and Ruth Warwick.

We will be hosting a free viewing of this movie at the museum as part of our Betty Hutton Film Festival.

Prior to the viewing, we will present a short history presentation on Betty Hutton and the history of the film being presented.

Seating is limited to the first 95 people. Popcorn will be available. This event is free, but donations to the museum are appreciated.


October 20, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Battle Creek Regional History Museum
307 Jackson St W
Battle Creek, MI 49037 United States
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