That's Entertainment! (1974)

G  |   |  Documentary, Family, Musical  |  21 June 1974 (USA)
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Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favourite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.



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Complete credited cast:
Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'The Band Wagon'
Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Going Hollywood'
Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clips from 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' - 'Singin' in the Rain' and 'An American in Paris'
Himself - Co-Host / Narrator - Clip from 1947 version of 'Good News'
Herself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'In the Good Old Summertime'
Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Singin' in the Rain'
Herself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Singin' in the Rain'
Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clips from 'Babes in Arms' - 'Girl Crazy' - 'Babes on Broadway'
Himself - Co-Host
Himself - Co-Host
Herself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Cynthia'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clip from 'Words and Music' (archive footage)
Kay Armen ...
Clip from 'Hit the Deck' (archive footage)
Clips from 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'The Harvey Girls' (archive footage)
Clip from 'The Great Ziegfeld' (archive footage)


MGM musical numbers from the introduction of sound in the late '20s through to the 1950s, possibly with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Judy Garland getting the most coverage. Linked by some of the stars who worked at MGM handing the commentary on one to another. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Release Date:

21 June 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

That's Entertainment: 50 Years of MGM  »

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$3,200,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "Good Morning" number from Singin' in the Rain (1952) was originally inserted in Debbie Reynolds's hosting segment, but eventually cut before release and later placed in That's Entertainment, Part II (1976). The segment with Reynolds' narration can be seen in the promotional short Just One More Time (1974). See more »


In the Broadway to Hollywood sequence, narrator Mickey Rooney states, "I was ten years old when I first came to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and I was raring to go." If he was born in 1920, he would actually have been 13 when he filmed 'Broadway to Hollywood'. This is confirmed by Rooney's admission, later in the film, that he was "a seasoned veteran of seventeen" when he first worked with Judy Garland in 1937. See more »


[first lines]
Frank Sinatra: [narrating] The year is 1929; the singer, Cliff Edwards, also known as Ukelele Ike. The film: "Hollywood Revue"; it is the first all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing movie ever made. In the years that followed, "Singin' in the Rain" would become a theme song for MGM.
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Crazy Credits

After the closing credits, some video releases include the film's original instrumental exit overture. See more »


Features Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »


Easy to Love
(1936) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Sung by James Stewart
From Born to Dance (1936)
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It Sure Is, and We'll Never See the Like Again!
30 July 1999 | by (Cherry Hill, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

For anyone who longs to experience some of the great movie musical moments again, "That's Entertainment" is a Godsend. For anyone who hasn't seen many, or any, of the great MGM musicals and wants to know what made them great, "That's Entertainment" is a revelation. Either way, it's an entertainment extravaganza that can't be beat, and it's easy to see why it was the surprise movie hit of 1974.

In fact, I remember the first time I saw it. I was sixteen, and I saw it at a matinee showing, with my Mother, at the now-defunct Cooper Theater in Denver, Colorado. I think what amazed us the most about the film was that, after almost every number, the audience burst into prolonged applause. You'd think it was a concert instead of a movie! But that's the appeal that these timeless musical moments have. You don't just watch this movie, you're PART of it.

As Frank Sinatra says at the outset of the film, "You can wait around and hope, but you'll never see the like of this again."

An affectionate tribute to the great movie musicals that became a great movie musical itself. See it! See it! See it!

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