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That's Entertainment! (1974)

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Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favourite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.

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Jack Haley Jr.

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Jack Haley Jr.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'The Band Wagon'
Bing Crosby ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Going Hollywood'
Gene Kelly ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clips from 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' - 'Singin' in the Rain' and 'An American in Paris'
Peter Lawford ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator - Clip from 1947 version of 'Good News'
Liza Minnelli ... Herself - Co-Host & Narrator
Donald O'Connor ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Singin' in the Rain'
Debbie Reynolds ... Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
Mickey Rooney ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clips from 'Babes in Arms' - 'Girl Crazy' - 'Babes on Broadway'
Frank Sinatra ... Himself - Co-Host
James Stewart ... Himself - Co-Host
Elizabeth Taylor ... Herself - Co-Hostess / Narrator / Clip from 'Cynthia'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
June Allyson ... Clip from 'Words and Music' (archive footage)
Kay Armen Kay Armen ... Clip from 'Hit the Deck' (archive footage)
Ray Bolger ... Clips from 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'The Harvey Girls' (archive footage)
Virginia Bruce ... Clip from 'The Great Ziegfeld' (archive footage)
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Storyline

MGM musical numbers from the introduction of sound in the late '20s through to the 1950s, possibly with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Judy Garland getting the most coverage. Linked by some of the stars who worked at MGM handing the commentary on one to another. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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More than a movie. It's a celebration. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

That's Entertainment: 50 Years of MGM See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$26,890,200

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,890,200
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 70 mm 6-Track

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Color (Metrocolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Much of the film's success is due to the intricate sleight-of-hand editing of Bud Friedgen and David E. Blewitt, who cleverly streamlined each number to a running time between one and three minutes. In some cases, this was a daunting task, as in the mammoth "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" sequence, which lasts nearly eight minutes in The Harvey Girls (1946) and was truncated to a seamless two minutes and thirteen seconds for the compilation. One can surmise that the only reason the team was not Oscar nominated is because voters were not familiar enough with the original footage to fully appreciate the meticulous editing that took place (indeed, only four numbers are shown in their entirety: Judy Garland and Van Johnson's introduction of Liza Minnelli to "In the Good Old Summertime;" Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor's prologue of "Singin' in the Rain" [note the removal of the credits on their umbrellas!]; Kelly's iconic song and dance to the same song; and Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell's tour de force tap routine to "Begin the Beguine"). Friedgen and Blewitt were so integral to the anthology that they were retained for That's Entertainment, Part II (1976) and elevated to co-director status on That's Entertainment! III (1994). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Frank Sinatra says The Hollywood Revue of 1929 is the "first all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing movie ever made,". In fact it wasn't, the first was The Broadway Melody, which was released in February, nine months before "The Hollywood Revue" was ever released. Indeed, by the time of That's Entertainment III (1994), narrator Gene Kelly was now calling The Hollywood Revue of 1929, "one of the first all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing movies." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank Sinatra: [narrating] The year is 1929; the singer, Cliff Edwards, also known as Ukelele Ike. The film: "Hollywood Revue"; it is the first all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing movie ever made. In the years that followed, "Singin' in the Rain" would become a theme song for MGM.
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Crazy Credits

After the closing credits, some video releases include the film's original instrumental exit overture. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some TV prints extend Bing Crosby's segment by adding the musical number "True Love" from "High Society" (1956). See more »

Connections

Features Small Town Girl (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Over the Rainbow
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Played during the opening Overture
Sung by Judy Garland
From The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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A perfect tribute to the greatest musical talents we'll ever see!
30 June 2000 | by gerry-russell-139See all my reviews

I saw this movie occasionally on PBS when I was a kid and I bought the collector's edition of the entire series in '98 and each time I watch it I feel more and more nostalgic about the old Hollywood musicals-a genre of which we'll never see an equal. Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Leslie Caron, Eleanor Powell and Ann Miller are the stars who really show off their great talents in this production of selected clips which include highlights of "Broadway Melody of 1938", "The Wizard of Oz", "Meet Me in St. Louis", "An American in Paris", "Singin' in the Rain", "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and "High Society" among others. There's also a whole roster of legendary guest stars: Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Lawford, James Stewart, Mickey Rooney, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and even Liza Minelli just at the start of her career. They introduce some of the greatest moments in the history of the MGM Musical genre. It's great fun for anyone who loves the musicals of a gone-forever age.


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