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That's Entertainment! (1974)

Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favourite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.

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Clips from 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'The Harvey Girls' (archive footage)
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Clip from 'The Great Ziegfeld' (archive footage)
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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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21 June 1974 (USA)  »

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That's Entertainment: 50 Years of MGM  »

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$3,200,000 (estimated)

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$26,890,200 (USA)
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(35 mm magnetic prints)| (35 mm optical prints)|

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1.33 : 1
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To take advantage of the 70mm projection system, several of the more spectacular sequences in That's Entertainment! (1974) were reconfigured for a widescreen aspect ratio (1.85:1) despite the fact that they were originally filmed in academy ratio (1.33:1). These include "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody," "The Varsity Drag," "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe," "Strike Up the Band," the Fountain and Smoke number from Million Dollar Mermaid (1952), the entire Show Boat (1951) medley and "Broadway Ballet." (Ironically, all of the modern-day host segments were filmed 1.33:1.) For years, the rematted widescreen sequences were reverted to their 1.33:1 aspect ratios on both television and home video, true to their original composition but not to the original theatrical print, which was finally released on DVD and Blu-ray in 2010. See more »

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In the "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody" sequence from The Great Ziegfeld, narrator Frank Sinatra says that Dennis Morgan is singing the song. In fact, Morgan's singing is dubbed by Allan Jones, not because Morgan's well-known tenor voice was unacceptable but because Jones had already pre-recorded the mammoth sequence. At the time, the still unknown Morgan was billed by his real name, Stanley Morner. See more »

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

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Deadly Bees (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

The Broadway Melody
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Performed by Charles King and chorus line
From The Broadway Melody (1929)
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A perfect tribute to the greatest musical talents we'll ever see!
30 June 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie occasionally on PBS when I was a kid and I bought the collector's edition of the entire series in '98 and each time I watch it I feel more and more nostalgic about the old Hollywood musicals-a genre of which we'll never see an equal. Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Leslie Caron, Eleanor Powell and Ann Miller are the stars who really show off their great talents in this production of selected clips which include highlights of "Broadway Melody of 1938", "The Wizard of Oz", "Meet Me in St. Louis", "An American in Paris", "Singin' in the Rain", "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and "High Society" among others. There's also a whole roster of legendary guest stars: Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Lawford, James Stewart, Mickey Rooney, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and even Liza Minelli just at the start of her career. They introduce some of the greatest moments in the history of the MGM Musical genre. It's great fun for anyone who loves the musicals of a gone-forever age.


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