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Jack Haley Jr. (written by)
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Release Date:
21 June 1974 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Boy. Do we need it now. See more »
Plot:
Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favourite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins See more »
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A Mixture of Nostalgia and Self-Congratulation See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Astaire ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'The Band Wagon' (also archive footage)

Bing Crosby ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Going Hollywood' (also archive footage)

Gene Kelly ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clips from 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' - 'Singin' in the Rain' and 'An American in Paris' (also archive footage)

Peter Lawford ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator - Clip from 1947 version of 'Good News' (also archive footage)

Liza Minnelli ... Herself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'In the Good Old Summertime' (also archive footage)

Donald O'Connor ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Singin' in the Rain' (also archive footage)

Debbie Reynolds ... Herself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Singin' in the Rain' (also archive footage)

Mickey Rooney ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clips from 'Babes in Arms' - 'Girl Crazy' - 'Babes on Broadway' (also archive footage)

Frank Sinatra ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' (also archive footage)

James Stewart ... Himself - Co-Host (also archive footage)

Elizabeth Taylor ... Herself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Cynthia' (also archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

June Allyson ... Clip from 'Words and Music' (archive footage)
Kay Armen ... Clip from 'Hit the Deck' (archive footage)

Ray Bolger ... Clips from 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'The Harvey Girls' (archive footage)

Virginia Bruce ... Clip from 'The Great Ziegfeld' (archive footage)
Jack Buchanan ... Clip from 'The Band Wagon' (archive footage)

Leslie Caron ... Clips from 'An American in Paris' and 'Gigi' (archive footage)
Carleton Carpenter ... Clip from 'Two Weeks with Love' (archive footage)

Cyd Charisse ... Clip from 'Singin' in the Rain' (archive footage)

Maurice Chevalier ... Clip from 'Gigi' (archive footage)

Joan Crawford ... Clips from 'Hollywood Revue' & 'Dancing Lady' (archive footage)
Virginia Dale ... Clip from 'Idiot's Delight' (archive footage)

Vic Damone ... Clip from 'Hit the Deck' (archive footage)

Jimmy Durante ... Clips from 'Speak Easily' & 'It Happened in Brooklyn' (archive footage)

Deanna Durbin ... Clip from 'Every Sunday' (archive footage)

Buddy Ebsen ... Clip from 'Broadway Melody of 1938' (archive footage)

Nelson Eddy ... Clip from 1936 version of 'Rose Marie' (archive footage)

Cliff Edwards ... Clip from 'Hollywood Revue' (archive footage)

Clark Gable ... Clip from 'Idiot's Delight' (archive footage)

Ava Gardner ... Herself - at Banquet / Clip from 1951 version of 'Show Boat' (archive footage)

Judy Garland ... Clips from 'Wizard of Oz' & 'Summer Stock' etc. (archive footage)

Cary Grant ... Clip from 'Suzy' (archive footage)

Kathryn Grayson ... Clips from 1951 version of 'Show Boat' and 'Toast of New Orleans' (archive footage)
Virginia Grey ... Clip from 'Idiot's Delight' (archive footage)

Jack Haley ... Clip from 'The Wizard of Oz' (archive footage)

Jean Harlow ... Clips from 'Reckless' & 'Suzy' (archive footage)
Bernadene Hayes ... Clip from 'Idiot's Delight' (archive footage)

Lena Horne ... Herself - at Banquet / Clip from 'Thousands Cheer' (archive footage)
Lottice Howell ... Clip from 'Free and Easy' (archive footage)

Van Johnson ... (archive footage)

Allan Jones ... (archive footage)

Louis Jourdan ... Clip from "Gigi" (archive footage)

Howard Keel ... Clips from 1951 version of 'Show Boat' and 'Pagan Love Song' (archive footage)

Charles King ... Clip from 'Broadway Melody' (archive footage)
Lorraine Krueger ... Clip from 'Idiot's Delight' (archive footage)

Bert Lahr ... Clip from 'The Wizard of Oz' (archive footage)

Mario Lanza ... Clip from 'Toast of New Orleans' (archive footage)

Jeanette MacDonald ... Clip from 'Rose Marie' (archive footage)

Joan Marsh ... Clip from 'Idiot's Delight' (archive footage)

Tony Martin ... Clip from 'Hit the Deck' (archive footage)
Douglas McPhail ... Clip from 'Babes in Arms' (archive footage)

Ann Miller ... Clip from 'Small Town Girl' (archive footage)

Robert Montgomery ... Clip from 'Free and Easy' (archive footage)
Natalie Moorhead ... Clip from 'Dance, Fools, Dance' (archive footage)
Dennis Morgan ... Clip from 'The Great Ziegfeld' (archive footage)
Jules Munshin ... Clip from 'On the Town' (archive footage)
Fayard Nicholas ... Clip from 'The Pirate' (archive footage)
Harold Nicholas ... Clip from 'The Pirate' (archive footage)

Margaret O'Brien ... Clip from 'Meet Me in St. Louis' (archive footage)

Eleanor Powell ... (clips from "Broadway Melody of 1940" / "Rosalie") (archive footage)

Jane Powell ... Clip from 'A Date with Judy' (archive footage)

Ginger Rogers ... Clip from 'Barkleys of Broadway' (archive footage)
Paula Stone ... Clip from 'Idiot's Delight' (archive footage)

Russ Tamblyn ... Clip from 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' (archive footage)
William Warfield ... Clip from 1951 version of 'Show Boat' (archive footage)

Esther Williams ... Clips from 'Bathing Beauty' & 'Million Dollar Mermaid' etc. (archive footage)

Leon Ames ... Himself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)

Edward Arnold ... Clip from 'Idiot's Delight (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ethel Barrymore ... Herself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)

Lionel Barrymore ... Himself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)

Wallace Beery ... Clip from 'A Date with Judy' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Joe E. Brown ... Clip from 'Show Boat' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Xavier Cugat ... Clip from 'A Date with Judy' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Arlene Dahl ... Herself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lili Damita ... Herself - Clip from 'La Fiesta Santa Barbara' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gloria DeHaven ... Herself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)

Errol Flynn ... Himself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)

Betty Garrett ... Clip from 'On the Town' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Greer Garson ... Herself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)

Hermione Gingold ... Clip from 'Gigi' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Van Heflin ... Himself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)

Katharine Hepburn ... Herself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)
Claude Jarman Jr. ... Himself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jennifer Jones ... Herself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)

Buster Keaton ... Himself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)

Angela Lansbury ... Herself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)

Carmen Miranda ... Clip from 'A Date with Judy' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Agnes Moorehead ... Clip from 1951 version of 'Show Boat' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Frank Morgan ... Himself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)

George Murphy ... Himself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)
Conrad Nagel ... Clip from 'Hollywood Revue' (archive footage) (uncredited)
J. Carrol Naish ... Himself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)

Reginald Owen ... Himself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)

Walter Pidgeon ... Himself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)
Selena Royle ... Clip from 'A Date with Judy' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Norma Shearer ... Clip from 'Idiot's Delight' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Red Skelton ... Himself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sidney Toler ... Clip from 'Speak Easily' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Audrey Totter ... Herself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)

Spencer Tracy ... Himself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)

Robert Young ... Himself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Haley Jr. 
 
Writing credits
Jack Haley Jr. (written by)

Produced by
Jack Haley Jr. .... producer
Daniel Melnick .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
 
Film Editing by
David E. Blewitt (co-film editor)
Bud Friedgen (film editor)
 
Production Management
William R. Poole .... unit production manager (as William Poole)
Wally Samson .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Binyon Jr. .... assistant director
Richard Bremerkamp .... assistant director
David Silver .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Lyle J. Burbridge .... sound re-recording mixer (as Lyle Burbridge)
William L. McCaughey .... sound re-recording mixer
Aaron Rochin .... sound re-recording mixer
Harry W. Tetrick .... sound re-recording mixer
Hal Watkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Robert R. Hoag .... optical supervision (as Robert Hoag)
James F. Liles .... optical supervision (as Jim Liles)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Allan Green .... additional photography
Ennio Guarnieri .... additional photography
Ernest Laszlo .... additional photography
Russell Metty .... additional photography
Gene Polito .... additional photography
 
Editorial Department
Ramon G. Caballero .... assistant film editor
Abe Lincoln Jr. .... assistant film editor
George Nakama .... apprentice film editor (as George Y. Nakama)
Ana Luisa Pérez .... assistant film editor (as Ana Luisa Corley Pérez)
Todd C. Ramsay .... assistant film editor
Michael J. Sheridan .... apprentice film editor
 
Music Department
Jesse Kaye .... music supervisor
Henry Mancini .... additional music adaptor
William Saracino .... additional music editor
 
Other crew
Mort Feinstein .... head film librarian: MGM
Louis B. Mayer .... leadership: MGM
 
Thanks
Harold Adamson .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Harold Arlen .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Irving Berlin .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Leonard Bernstein .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Ralph Blane .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Nicholas Brodszky .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Lew Brown .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Nacio Herb Brown .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Sammy Cahn .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Saul Chaplin .... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Betty Comden .... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Gene de Paul .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Buddy G. DeSylva .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music (as B.G. De Sylva)
Adolph Deutsch .... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Howard Dietz .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Walter Donaldson .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Vernon Duke .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Roger Edens .... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Sammy Fain .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Dorothy Fields .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Arthur Freed .... acknowledgment: producer of the most outstanding musicals
Rudolf Friml .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
George Gershwin .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Ira Gershwin .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Mack Gordon .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Adolph Green .... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Johnny Green .... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound (as John Green)
Clifford Grey .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Oscar Hammerstein II .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Otto A. Harbach .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music (as Otto Harbach)
E.Y. Harburg .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Lorenz Hart .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Lennie Hayton .... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Ray Henderson .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Victor Herbert .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Gus Kahn .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Bert Kalmar .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Bronislau Kaper .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Jerome Kern .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Burton Lane .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Alan Jay Lerner .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Frank Loesser .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Frederick Loewe .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Hugh Martin .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Jimmy McHugh .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Johnny Mercer .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Cole Porter .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
André Previn .... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Harry Revel .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Leo Robin .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Richard Rodgers .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Sigmund Romberg .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
David Rose .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Harry Ruby .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Conrad Salinger .... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Arthur Schwartz .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
George Stoll .... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Herbert Stothart .... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Jule Styne .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Kay Thompson .... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Harry Warren .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Paul Francis Webster .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Vincent Youmans .... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"That's Entertainment: 50 Years of MGM" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
135 min
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4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) | Mono (35 mm optical prints) | 70 mm 6-Track
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This was among the last MGM films shot on the studio's renowned back lot, of which there were actually six distinct satellite parcels of land west and south of the main lot, or Lot 1. Lot 2, the last of them to serve as a working back lot, was in use until late 1978. Development for residential housing on Lots 3-6 began the year "That's Entertainment!" filmed its new material with the studio's stars strolling the various standing sets, which had been allowed to deteriorate for well over a decade before their demolition. This is particularly noticeable in the train station set where Fred Astaire gives his introduction, and Bing Crosby refers to the English Lake area as looking rather "scruffy". On the other hand, the entire purpose of the film is nostalgia, and the use of the 'scruffy' facade, clearly aged and unused, helps to set the tone as one of a brief return to the glamor of the past, even though it was all make-believe.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: During his narrative section, Donald O'Connor says that Esther Williams was discovered while working as a model in a Los Angeles department store, when in fact Williams was a salesgirl at I. Magnin.See more »
Quotes:
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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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Mixture of Nostalgia and Self-Congratulation, 14 August 2009
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

In a departure from my normal practice, I will not be awarding "That's Entertainment!"a mark out of ten. There seems little point in rating a film when ninety percent of it consists of clips taken from other films. This film is not a straightforward documentary history of the Hollywood musical. It was made by MGM as a celebration of MGM musicals, and studiously ignores anything made by that studio's rivals. Clips of song-and-dance numbers from some of those musicals are introduced by a number of the stars who appeared in them, such as Debbie Reynolds, Frank Sinatra and Mickey Rooney.

This compilation was probably made because of the way the cinema was changing in the mid-seventies. Although the early part of the decade had seen two particularly fine examples in "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Cabaret", by 1974 the traditional cinema musical was on the decline. There was also a move away from shooting on sets towards shooting on location. Some of the introductory scenes are shot where the musicals themselves were filmed, on MGM's famous backlot which, by 1974, was starting to look very shabby and dilapidated. (It was to be demolished for redevelopment shortly afterwards).

The first part of the film was not particularly interesting, largely because so many of the featured clips were taken from films which are now forgotten and even thirty-five years ago were probably little-known. I also wondered why so much attention was given to Esther Williams, who certainly looked good in a swimsuit but was a very limited actress and whose choreographed water-ballets must have looked hopelessly cheesy by the seventies. One thing that I did learn, however, is that the musical genre was so popular in the thirties and forties that many actors, who today would not be thought of as musical stars, were press-ganged into service, regardless of vocal talent (or the lack thereof). We therefore see clips of the likes of James Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Crawford and Clark Gable performing in some very obscure old films. (Stewart and Taylor also serve as presenters). Of these, it is Gable who acquits himself with the greatest honour, but his musical career never took off, apparently because his fans felt that all that singing and dancing was a bit sissy and out of keeping with his he-man image.

Things liven up in the second half of the film, because it now starts to concentrate on the really famous musicals for which MGM is still remembered today. The smug, self-congratulatory tone is still present, but the studio can be forgiven a little self-congratulation when it is talking about films as good as "Show Boat", "Seven Brides for "Seven Brothers", "An American in Paris" and "Singin' in the Rain". These last two, of course, both starred Gene Kelly, who also acts as a presenter. Kelly and Fred Astaire, with their very different styles of dancing, were often perceived as rivals, so it was a good idea to have Kelly present a tribute to Astaire and Astaire present one to Kelly. The most moving moment comes when Liza Minnelli presents a tribute to her mother, Judy Garland, who had died a few years earlier.

"That's Entertainment!" was obviously popular, because it was followed two years later by "That's Entertainment II"". (There were to be two more similar compilations, "That's Dancing!" in the eighties and "That's Entertainment III" in the nineties). The appeal of films like this at the time was probably their nostalgia value for the older generation who could remember the original musicals. Today they seem more like a curiosity, albeit an entertaining one.

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