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A documentary film about dancing on the screen, from it's orgins after the invention of the movie camera, over the movie musical from the late 20s, 30s, 40s 50s and 60s up to the break dance and the music videos from the 80s. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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That's Dancing  »

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Director Jack Haley Jr.'s credits are shown over a picture of his father, Jack Haley in the role of the Tin Woodman in The Wizard of Oz (1939). This also happened at the end of the earlier That's Entertainment! (1974) which Haley also produced. See more »

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Title Card: This film is dedicated to all the dancers... especially those who devoted their lives to the development of their art long before there was a motion picture camera.
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Features An American in Paris (1951) See more »

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A Shine on Your Shoes
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Performed by Fred Astaire and Leroy Daniels from the film The Band Wagon (1953)
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Great Stuff From The Classic Masters
8 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's an outstanding collection of some of the great dance numbers from the early 1930s to the mid 1980s.

From the early years, I've always found it fun to marvel at the talent of Ruby Keeler, Eleanor Powell, Fred Astaire, Bill Robinson, Shirley Temple, Gene Kelly, etc. Here they all are on one tape! What a great tribute to these great entertainers and perhaps it can turn people on to watching some of these great musicals of the past.

I'm also always awed at those great sets on the Busby Berkley extravaganzas. They were incredible. The more you like tap dancing, which I do, the better this tape (or disc, now that it's out on DVD) will look to you, but there are other forms of dance featured in here, too.


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