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Easter Parade (1948)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 8 July 1948 (USA)
A nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner to make his former partner jealous and to prove he can make any partner a star.

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Jonathan Harrow III
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Nadine Hale
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Headwaiter François
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Mike the Bartender
Richard Beavers ...
Singer ("The Girl on the Magazine Cover")
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Storyline

Don Hewes and Nadine Hale are a dancing team, but she decides to start a career on her own. So he takes the next dancer he meets, Hannah Brown, as a new partner. After a while this new team is so successful, that Florenz Ziegfeld is interested in them, but due to the fact that Nadine Hale dances also in the Ziegfeld Follies Don says no. In spite of the fact that he is in love with Hannah, he keeps the relation to her strictly business. So Hannah is of the opinion that he is still in love with Nadine, and her suspicion grows when he dances with Nadine in a Night Club Floor Show. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Full of melody! Full of young love! See more »

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Musical | Romance

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Release Date:

8 July 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Irving Berlin's Easter Parade  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,503,654 (estimated)

Gross:

$6,803,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This picture, which began its run nationally on July 8, 1948, was the second-biggest moneymaking film of the year, directly after the Crosby-Hope-Lamour Road to Rio (1947), which was launched nationally on Christmas Day of 1947. The critical and financial success of the Garland-Astaire pairing chiefly "made up" for the mixed reviews and poor box office (except in a few large cities) of Judy Garland's prior musical, The Pirate (1948), which had opened nationally on June 11, only a month before her frolic with Mr. Astaire was seen by moviegoers. See more »

Goofs

Robert Patrick says in his book, "Film Moi": "The most beautiful goof in movies comes in the 'Steppin' Out with My Baby' number. Fred Astaire at one point goes into slow motion. The chorus behind him continues at normal speed, but that's not the goof. Judy Garland, in the wings watching this miracle, just beams with admiration - as well she should." See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Harrow III: He seems under the impression that you aren't too fond of him.
Hannah Brown: But I am! Terribly!
Jonathan Harrow III: Well, I'm afraid it's a little late.
Hannah Brown: A little late? Little late? Well, that can't be! What'll I do?
Jonathan Harrow III: Well, if I loved someone, I'd find a way to let them know it.
Jonathan Harrow III: Well, it's different with a man.
Jonathan Harrow III: Why?
Hannah Brown: I don't know. It just is, that's all. It's easier.
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Connections

Referenced in Easter Parade: On the Avenue (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Girl on the Magazine Cover
(uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by Richard Beavers
Danced by Ann Miller
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One of the most Magnificent Musicals Ever!
11 March 2006 | by (Perth, WA) – See all my reviews

Easter Parade features two of the best known entertainers in movie history, glorious music, fresh Technicolor and amazing - and I mean amazing dancing routines. Prepare to be entertained and amazed! There is no other way to describe the creative, fun and bedazzling colour, costumes and dances.

Popular dancing team Don Hewes (of course, Astaire) and Nadine Hale (wonderful singer/dancer/actress Ann Miller) break up because Nadine wants to pursue her own career. Don Hewes is determined to find a new dancing partner and to make her a smash... and guess who he finds - unknown dancer Hannah Brown (Judy Garland) - who he picked out randomly. It is a relatively simple and sweet story, however flimsy it may be. You find yourself not really caring about the plot as you are emerged in a world of spectacular song, dance, costume and colour.

Three musical sequences stick in my mind: firstly, Ann Miller's mind boggling tap dance 'Shakin' the Blues Away'. Not only a great song, but an incredible dance. Then there is Fred's turn in the toy shop. The timing for that is beyond belief. Everything is perfection - the music, the decor, the dance. It isn't an ordinary Tapdance because he uses rhythm, drums and instruments to give it a more flavour. I honestly don't know how he does it. Lastly, 'Down the Avenue' is one of my favourite songs. I laugh every time I see Judy Garland and Fred Astaire

  • two absolute legends - dressed up as bums!! Some very famous and


spectacular dancing - top notch.

Along the way there are a few laughs (Garland really helps the comedy side), but I mainly watch this movie for it's eye candy. It is a perfect way to escape reality and dive into the world of the magnificent MGM musical. One of the best.


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