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Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM 

Documentary chronicling Arthur Freed and his unit's contribution to some of Hollywood's most memorable musicals.


David Thompson




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cyd Charisse ... Herself
Arthur Freed ... Himself (archive footage)
Hugh Fordin Hugh Fordin ... Himself, biographer of Arthur Freed
Stanley Donen ... Himself
André Previn ... Himself
Betty Comden ... Herself
Adolph Green ... Himself
Michael Kidd ... Himself
Mickey Rooney ... Himself
Barbara Saltzman Barbara Saltzman ... Herself, daughter of Arthur Freed
Nacio Herb Brown Nacio Herb Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
Louis B. Mayer ... Himself (archive footage) (as Louis Mayer)
Judy Garland ... Herself (archive footage)
Busby Berkeley ... Himself (archive footage)
Vincente Minnelli ... Himself (archive footage)


Documentary chronicling Arthur Freed and his unit's contribution to some of Hollywood's most memorable musicals.

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Release Date:

2 December 1996 (USA) See more »

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When the lion roared.
28 December 2002 | by sibisi73See all my reviews

An interesting documentary on a man of huge influence, about which little information is known. Arthur Freed's unit at MGM produced some of the greatest movie musicals of all time, a fact that is borne out by the numerous clips used in this film. Accompanying these are interviews with some of the leading figures from the studio at the time, actors, dancers, choreographers and colleagues. However, although the story of the Freed unit is entertainingly told we never really get to find Freed himself. It seems that even those who knew him found the man elusive. Still, there is plenty to enjoy here among the classic movies and the anecdotal evidence of a film studio at its peak.

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