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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Aspect Ratio:

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 »


At the beginning of the film, Frank Sinatra says The Hollywood Revue of 1929 is the "first all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing movie ever made,". In fact it wasn't, the first was The Broadway Melody, which was released in February, nine months before "The Hollywood Revue" was ever released. Indeed, by the time of That's Entertainment III (1994), narrator Gene Kelly was now calling The Hollywood Revue of 1929, "one of the first all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing movies." 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 »


Features Rosalie (1937) See more »


Going Hollywood
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by Bing Crosby and others
From Going Hollywood (1933)
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MGM Musical Lovers Shangri-la
27 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is it! This is the Holy grail of musical documentaries, the very definition of the term "They don't make 'em like this anymore.." everyone is here and in the subsequent 2 sequels. Oh, to see this in a movie theatre! 20 foot tall Gene Kelly performing "Singing In The Rain"! Busby Berkeley as his extravanganzas were meant to be seen! Definately worth watching even of you see it on video! A time capsule, a treasure. (sigh... Hollywood...)

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