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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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

Producer Jack Haley Jr.'s credit appears over a still image of his father, Jack Haley, as the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz. See more »


Features Summer Stock (1950) See more »


San Francisco
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Bronislau Kaper and Walter Jurmann
Played during the opening overture
From San Francisco (1936)
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5 July 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In the mid-seventies, when MGM as a producing force in studio history was pretty much dead, a couple of researchers started to put together a compilation of the greatest moments from the birth of the talkie to Gigi's glut of Academy Awards at the end of the 1950s. The idea of this first 'That's Entertainment!' was to showcase the cream of the musicals, using a number of MGM's former contact stars (Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney et al) to link segments together.

The result was so breathtaking and brilliant that two further sequels followed; one almost immediately, and the third after a gap of twenty years, in time for MGM's seventieth birthday. This first compilation shows us sequences from 'An American In Paris', 'Singin' In The Rain', 'The Harvey Girls', 'Hollywood Revue', and on, and on. It has special segments devoted to Astaire, Kelly, Garland, Garland with Rooney, and, er, Esther Williams. It should give any viewer the appetite to seek out full movies they haven't seen, and to reflect with affection on those they have.

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