That’s Entertainment!

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

ACTORS : Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby

YEAR OF RELEASE : 1974

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That’s Entertainment!  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.

A perfect tribute to the greatest musical talents we’ll ever see!

That’s Entertainment!  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.

showcasing MGM’s finest

 

That’s Entertainment!  In the mid-seventies, when MGM as a producing force in studio history was pretty much dead, a couple of researchers started to put together a compilation of the greatest moments from the birth of the talkie to Gigi’s glut of Academy Awards at the end of the 1950s. The idea of this first ‘That’s Entertainment!’ was to showcase the cream of the musicals, using a number of MGM’s former contact stars (Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney et al) to link segments together.

The result was so breathtaking and brilliant that two further sequels followed; one almost immediately, and the third after a gap of twenty years, in time for MGM’s seventieth birthday. This first compilation shows us sequences from ‘An American In Paris’, ‘Singin’ In The Rain’, ‘The Harvey Girls’, ‘Hollywood Revue’, and on, and on. It has special segments devoted to Astaire, Kelly, Garland, Garland with Rooney, and, er, Esther Williams. It should give any viewer the appetite to s

 

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