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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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Complete credited cast:
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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More than a movie. It's a celebration. See more »


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Release Date:

21 June 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

That's Entertainment: 50 Years of MGM  »


Box Office


$3,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(35 mm magnetic prints)| (35 mm optical prints)|



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Was originally advertised with the tagline: "Boy, do we need it now!" This slogan attracted moviegoers to the film, seeing it as an escape from the gritty "New Hollywood" style of filmmaking, to say nothing of real life turmoils such as the Vietnam War and the Watergate Scandal. See more »


In the "Melody of Spring" sequence from Cynthia, narrator Elizabeth Taylor self-deprecatingly remarks that she "was certainly no threat to Judy Garland or Jane Powell." In fact, Taylor's singing was dubbed in the film, a point emphasized when she turns up ten minutes later in 'That's Entertainment!' with an entirely different voice in the "It's a Most Unusual Day" sequence from A Date with Judy. In this case, narrator Peter Lawford claims, "That isn't Elizabeth's voice you're hearing. MGM kept her too busy to rehearse and record." 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

Before Leo the Lion roars at the beginning, the words "Beginning our next 50 years" appear in the lion's traditional place in the MGM logo, which itself has been modified to indicate the company's golden anniversary. See more »


Referenced in Good Times: That's Entertainment, Evans Style (1978) See more »


That's Entertainment
(1953) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Played during the opening overture
Played by the studio orchestra during the opening and closing credits
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The movie that changed my life
6 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

I was 11 years old when I saw this film for the first time. We got late, so the film had already started, and I caught Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald singing "Indian Love": I was mesmerized. And then I met all the people I had never heard of but would adore for the rest of my life: Eleanor Powell, Fred Astaire, and the whole gang. I've been in love with musicals since and became the man I am because of this experience.

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