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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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One of the Best MGM Musicals from the 1940's See more (65 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)
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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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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1949) | South Korea:All | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #12947)

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Trivia:
Ann Miller had to perform her biggest numbers in a back brace. In an interview with Robert Osborne, she revealed that she had been thrown down the stairs by her then husband. She was also pregnant at the time and was in a lot of pain.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:
Don Hewes:Miss Brown, what idiot ever told you you were a dancer?
Hannah Brown:You did.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Girl on the Magazine CoverSee more »

FAQ

Chapter Headings, an unofficial version:
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best MGM Musicals from the 1940's, 11 April 2004
Author: John (john_ccy) from San Francisco, CA

I just saw "Easter Parade" on the big screen for the first time, earlier this evening, and have to say that it's definitely one of the best musicals ever produced by the Arthur Freed Unit at MGM, especially out of the ones from the 1940's.

I really enjoyed the movie even though I've already seen it several times on video. It features all of the halmarks of a Freed production including an amazing cast with Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, and Ann Miller, lush technicolor photography, incredible dancing, and a great score that features over 16 songs by Irving Berlin. It actually had a pretty good story too, rather just a bunch of songs with a plot that basically exists to get from one song to the next, like in some lesser musicals.

The story is about a famous dancer, played by Fred Astaire, who tries to build a new act with an inexperienced chorus girl whom he discovers (Garland), after his former partner (Miller) leaves him to pursue a solo career. Of course, the requisite romantic complications and personal and professional jealousies also figure into the mix.

Since all three principles play performers, there are plenty of opportunities for each of them to show off their singing and dancing in almost iconic numbers like "Steppin' Out with My Baby", "Shakin' the Blues Away", and "A Couple of Swells", which have all come to be heavily identified with Astaire, Miller, and Garland respectively throughout their careers.

I definitely enjoyed this film and think it's a must-see for anyone who enjoys musicals or are fans of Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, and Ann Miller. (Peter Lawford's in this one too, but I'm not a huge fan of his.) Too bad there's no DVD version.



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