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Director:
Writers:
Frances Goodrich (story) &
Albert Hackett (story) ...
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Release Date:
8 July 1948 (USA) See more »
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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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Astaire, Garland, Berlin--and Movie Musical Magic See more (69 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)

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Trivia:
In the title song, the term "rotogravure" does not refer to the photographic process. In the days that this movie took place, newspapers would have a special insert - on holidays and Sundays - of photographs of local people and events. This special insert was called the Rotogravure.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During "Steppin' Out with My Baby", Hewes twirls a girl and her skirt floats up and revealed a black underskirt. However, when twirled again, she has a bright yellow underskirt.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:
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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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