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Director:
Writers:
Frances Goodrich (story) &
Albert Hackett (story) ...
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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 »
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A classic example of those old 40's musicals See more (68 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)
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)
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)
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)
Frank Mayo ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Diner in Restaurant (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Drugstore Patron (uncredited)
George Noisom ... Western Union Messenger (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
Frances Goodrich (story) &
Albert Hackett (story)

Sidney Sheldon (screenplay) &
Frances Goodrich (screenplay) &
Albert Hackett (screenplay)

Guy Bolton  uncredited

Produced by
Arthur Freed .... producer
Roger Edens .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr.  (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
Albert Akst 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Irene (costumes: women)
Valles (costumes: men)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles designer
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
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator
Johnny Green .... musical director
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
Robert Tucker .... vocal arranger
Van Cleave .... orchestrator
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 .... associate technicolor 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" - 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film deleted a musical number, "Mr. Monotony," in which Judy Garland wears the same costume she would immortalize two years later in Summer Stock (1950) in the number "Get Happy"; the costume was a man's tuxedo coat and hat. For years, there were rumors that "Get Happy" was cut from another film and inserted into Summer Stock (1950). It is believed that this song being removed from "Easter Parade" is the origin of that rumor. An abbreviated version of the "Mr. Monotony" number was included in That's Entertainment! III (1994), and the complete number is included as an extra on the Warner Home Video Easter Parade (1948) DVD.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: In Mike's bar, a motto is shown with the possessive form of "its" spelled as "it's". While this is incorrect today, the possessive form was spelled this way up until the 1940s, and thus could well have been around in 1912.See more »
Quotes:
[the bartender hands Don his drink]
Don Hewes:Can you drown a brunette in this?
Mike the Bartender:How tall is she?
Don Hewes:Five foot six.
Mike the Bartender:[filling the glass a little more] Try this.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Good Life (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Couple of SwellsSee more »

FAQ

Chapter Headings, an unofficial version:
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A classic example of those old 40's musicals, 22 April 2000
Author: Eva Ionesco from Sydney, Australia

Don't you just love those old 40's musicals? Easter Parade is certainly one of the best, with Fred Astaire doing his amazing flashy but precise dancing, Judy Garland using her legendary voice to sing right from her heart into yours, and Ann Miller doing her own unique style of dancing and tapping while belting out great songs. And of course, everybody in the film uses any excuse to sing yet another song, usually dancing to it as well.

One of the special sequences has Fred Astaire dancing in slow motion while the rest of the cast dance at normal speed behind him! Sure, we can do that these days with computers, but remember this film was made in 1948!!

Of course there's the usual plot - Boy meets girl, they fall in love, have a misunderstanding, but get together again just in time for the big finishing number. That used to really get the audiences in, in those days, and they repeated that theme in every musical that ever was.

Any weak spots? Several of the film's routines seem a little amateurish by today's standards. For example, the waiter tossing his invisible salad just to do a bit of clowning seems a little contrived. Also, the film is supposedly set in 1912, so all the 1948 fashions and hairstyles are completely anachronistic - but what does that matter, after all, it's just an enjoyable romp.

I've given this film eight out of ten, but if I could just vote on Judy Garland's singing and Fred Astaire's dancing, I'd certainly give them ten out of ten. This is definitely a "must-see" film, just for those two incredible talents!

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