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That's Entertainment! III (1994)

Some of MGM's musical stars review the studio's history of musicals. From The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) to Brigadoon (1954), from the first musical talkies to Gene Kelly in Singin' in ... See full summary »
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Some of MGM's musical stars review the studio's history of musicals. From The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) to Brigadoon (1954), from the first musical talkies to Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain (1952), are examined. Written by Kelly

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July 1994 (USA)  »

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Era Uma Vez Em Hollywood, Parte III  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$274,794
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The idea for a third edition was pitched by MGM/UA Home Video head George Feltenstein to then MGM/UA president Alan Ladd Jr. Feltenstein had typed up a list of musical numbers for a potential third movie back in 1976 after returning home from That's Entertainment, Part II (1976). Ladd approved the pitch, but because Feltenstein was a studio exec, he didn't get a screen credit for his contribution. See more »

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June Allyson: Each year, hundreds of performers, like me, were brought to MGM hoping to get a break in the movies. There were acting teachers, instructions on posture and moving, and *everybody* had to learn to sing and dance. It was an extensive crash course, designed to find those with that special something known as "star" quality. And if you had it, you got to take the next big step: the screen test. For instance, Kathryn Grayson had to wait *two* years at MGM before she was given her first screen test.
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Over the Rainbow
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Played in the Overture
Performed by Judy Garland
From The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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MGM at its best
30 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Having seen the previous two installments of this series about MGM's great years, we hadn't seen the last one, but thanks to TCM, which showed it recently, we now have completed the cycle. The documentary, directed by Bud Friedgen and Michael Sheridan, brings us back to the golden years of the studio that boasted it had more stars than any one else in Hollywood.

This new version concentrates on the singing and dancing stars. Its 113 minutes running time flies by without noticing because of the quality of the material selected to be shown.

There is a magnificent black and white sequence showing Eleanor Powell performing a number and at the same time on a second screen we are taken to the actual filming of the routine as the technicians worked on it. Even for the time when it was filmed, it was revolutionary. Also, we see a dance routine by Fred Astaire with two different costumes and the same music shown on split screen where the "master" himself performs the exact same steps in both sequences. Amazing!

The only sad note of the documentary is to see how Lena Horne, a talented and gorgeous black woman who was employed by the studio, but was never given a starring role on films that involved other white actors. In fact, it's a shame she lost a plum role in "Showboat" because of the discrimination at the time.

It was great to watch the MGM stars narrating the different segments. Thus, we saw June Allyson, Cyd Charisse, Ann Miller, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Esther Williams, Howard Keel introducing the different production numbers in the documentary.

Without a doubt, Hollywood was a factory of dreams and MGM was the best place where they came true.


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