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
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.