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Easter Parade -- Fred Astaire stars as a rising Broadway star who tries to break away from former dance partner Ann Miller so he can be with newcomer Judy Garland.

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Director:
Writers:
Sidney Sheldon (screenplay) &
Frances Goodrich (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
8 July 1948 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Happiest Musical Ever Made is Irving Berlin's Easter Parade See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Astaire, Garland, Berlin--and Movie Musical Magic See more (70 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judy Garland ... Hannah Brown

Fred Astaire ... Don Hewes

Peter Lawford ... Jonathan Harrow III

Ann Miller ... Nadine Hale
Jules Munshin ... Headwaiter François
Clinton Sundberg ... Mike the Bartender
Richard Beavers ... Singer ("The Girl on the Magazine Cover")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Albright ... Western Union Messenger (uncredited)
Lola Albright ... Hat Model / Showgirl (uncredited)
Don Anderson ... Passerby on Street (uncredited)
Shirley Ballard ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Jimmy Bates ... Boy (uncredited)
Hal Bell ... Dancer (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Florist (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Diner at Rooftop Show (uncredited)
Peter Chong ... Sam - Don's Valet (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Passerby on Street (uncredited)
Dante DiPaolo ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jimmie Dodd ... Cabby (uncredited)
Dolores Donlon ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Patricia Edwards ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Fern Eggen ... Salesgirl (uncredited)
Harry Fox ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich ... Callboy (uncredited)
June Gale ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Waiter at Rooftop Restaurant (uncredited)
Ruth Hall ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Backstage Well-Wisher / Diner at Rooftop Show (uncredited)
Hector and His Pals ... Hector and His Pals (uncredited)
Helene Heigh ... Hat Shop Owner (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Marjorie Jackson ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Patricia Jackson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bob Jellison ... Drugstore Patron (uncredited)
Doris Kemper ... Anna - Backstage Maid (uncredited)

Gail Langford ... Showgirl (uncredited)

Joi Lansing ... Hat Model / Showgirl (uncredited)
Jeni Le Gon ... Essie, Nadine's Maid (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Drugstore Clerk (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Man in Audience - Ann Miller Number (uncredited)
Matt Mattox ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bert May ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Headwaiter (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Man in Audience - Ann Miller Number (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Diner at Rooftop Show (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Diner in Restaurant (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Drugstore Patron (uncredited)
George Noisom ... Western Union Messenger (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Diner at Rooftop Show (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Policeman (uncredited)
Dick Paxton ... Western Union Messenger (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... Waiter (uncredited)
Angi O. Poulos ... Peddler (uncredited)
Bobbie Priest ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jean Romer ... Twin Showgirl (uncredited)
Lynne Romer ... Twin Showgirl (uncredited)
Ralph Sanford ... Hotel Detective (uncredited)
Sara Shane ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Dick Simmons ... Al - Ziegfeld Aide (uncredited)
Dee Turnell ... Dancer (uncredited)
Benay Venuta ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Johnny Walsh ... Western Union Messenger (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Marty, Piano Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Walters 
 
Writing credits
Sidney Sheldon (screenplay) &
Frances Goodrich (screenplay) and
Albert Hackett (screenplay)

Frances Goodrich (original story) and
Albert Hackett (original story)

Guy Bolton  uncredited

Produced by
Arthur Freed .... producer
Roger Edens .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr. (director of photography) (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
Albert Akst 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... make-up created by
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles designer
Ben Lane .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Dorothy Ponedel .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Al Shenberg .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Arthur Krams .... associate set decorator
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
James Brock .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Borland .... grip (uncredited)
Ed Hubbell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Sam Leavitt .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... costumes: women's
Valles .... costumes: men's
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Alton .... musical numbers direction by
Robert Alton .... musical numbers staged by
Leo Arnaud .... orchestration
Irving Berlin .... lyrics and music by
Johnny Green .... musical director
Conrad Salinger .... orchestration
Robert Tucker .... vocal arrangements
Van Cleave .... orchestration
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Roger Edens .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... associateTechnicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... Technicolor color director
Fred Astaire .... choreographer (uncredited)
Leslie H. Martinson .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Charles Walters .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Irving Berlin's Easter Parade" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
107 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Germany:o.Al. | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1949) | South Korea:All | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #12947) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Ann Miller danced with pinched nerves in her back. She was also taller than Fred Astaire, so she had to wear flats in her scenes with him. This can be seen towards the end of the movie. When she finishes the number "The Girl I Love" she goes behind the curtain wearing red high heels; when she comes back out in front of the audience to entice Astaire to dance with her to their old song "It Only Happens When I Dance With You", she's wearing red flats.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The stage manager at the Ziegfeld Follies mispronounces "Ziegfeld".See more »
Quotes:
Hannah Brown:[her eyes are closed] What color are my eyes?
Don Hewes:[kissing her, causing her to open her eyes in surprise] Brown.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Drum CrazySee more »

FAQ

Chapter Headings, an unofficial version:
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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Astaire, Garland, Berlin--and Movie Musical Magic, 14 May 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

Originally intended as a re-teaming of Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, EASTER PARADE ran into trouble when Garland's doctors advised against her working under the direction of her husband, director Vincent Minnelli--and no sooner did director Charles Walters take the helm than Gene Kelly broke his leg. Out of such confusion are movie musical miracles born: although a bit old to act as Garland's leading man, Fred Astaire was coaxed out of retirement. He and Garland had tremendous chemistry, EASTER PARADE was a box office smash, and Astaire unexpectedly found himself reborn as an MGM star.

Set in 1900s New York, the film's story line is flimsy but enjoyable. After long-time dance partner Ann Miller abandons the act, Astaire hires chorus girl Garland and attempts to recast her in his former partner's mold--a situation which offers Astaire and Garland considerable comedy and gives Astaire the chance to parody several of his own famous dance of the 1930s. Garland eventually convinces Astaire that she needs to be herself, and once the act is revamped they become a hot ticket--and, once their several romantic complications are resolved, romantic partners as well.

Astaire is every bit as charming here as he was in his Ginger Roger days, and his choreography retains his signature sharpness, wit, and elegance. Although Garland isn't really a dancer, she holds her own with Astaire and she tears strips off a brilliant score of Irving Berlin favorites. Both are well supported by Anne Miller, who gives a brilliant turn with 'Shakin' the Blues Away,' and Peter Lawford, who is quite charming as one of Garland's admirers. Although this really isn't as inspired as the truly great MGM musicals of the late 1940s, director Walters keeps it going at a smart pace, and the star power, clever script, memorable score, and those legendary MGM production values elevate it well above the pack. Musical fans will be in for a treat! Recommended.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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