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Easter Parade: On the Avenue (2005)

This documentary tells the story of the making of Irving Berlin's Easter Parade. From the film's pitch, script writing, rehearsals and production all the necessary elements came to gether ... See full summary »

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Peter Fitzgerald
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Credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Himself (archive footage)
Ava Astaire-McKenzie Ava Astaire-McKenzie ... Herself
Jimmy Bates Jimmy Bates ... Himself
Irving Berlin ... Himself (archive footage)
Arthur Freed ... Himself (archive footage)
John Fricke John Fricke ... Himself
Judy Garland ... Herself (archive footage)
Gene Kelly ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Lawford ... Himself (archive footage)
Ann Miller ... Herself
Vincente Minnelli ... Himself (archive footage)
Sidney Sheldon ... Himself
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This documentary tells the story of the making of Irving Berlin's Easter Parade. From the film's pitch, script writing, rehearsals and production all the necessary elements came to gether to create a classic - Astaire and Garland at their finest, Ann Miller overcoming a back injury and director Charles Walters proving himself at MGM. Theirs was a triumph of musical filmmaking that stands the test of time. Written by Peter Fitzgerald

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The happiest musical ever made was Irving Berlin's Easter Parade!

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Documentary | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2005 (USA) See more »

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Fitzfilm See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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References Easter Parade (1948) See more »

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Easter Parade
Written by Irving Berlin
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Easter Parade: On the Avenue is a fine short doc of the film on the DVD
5 January 2016 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This was an extra on disc 2 of the Easter Parade DVD set. Anyone familiar with the behind-the-scenes story of this movie probably won't be too surprised at what's revealed about it here like Gene Kelly's and Cyd Charisse's injuries keeping them from doing this movie with their replacements being Fred Astaire and Ann Miller. Ms. Miller reveals her injuries she suffered at her then-hubby as she filmed her dance scenes. One player who's still alive as of this writing who also did an interview here is Jimmy Bates who was the kid in the "Drum Crazy" number and tells of his getting a present from Astaire after that number being a bike. He really loved him because of that experience! Also interviewed were screenwriter Sidney Sheldon who softened Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett's original story, John Fricke-Judy Garland's biographer, and Ava Astaire-McKenzie, Fred's daughter. All provided great anecdotes about the production. So on that note, Easter Parade: On the Avenue, was a fine short doc extra on the disc.


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