That's Entertainment! III (1994)

G  |   |  Documentary, Family, Musical  |  July 1994 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 1,031 users  
Reviews: 27 user | 12 critic

Some of MGM'S musical stars review the studios 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 »

0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.00 on Amazon Video

1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.

Director: Gene Kelly
Stars: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland
Documentary | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favourite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.

Director: Jack Haley Jr.
Stars: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby
Show Boat (1951)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The daughter of a riverboat captain falls in love with a charming gambler, but their fairytale romance is threatened when his luck turns sour.

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel
Drama | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild but gifted horse for England's Grand National Sweepstakes.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp
Scrooge (1970)
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves.

Directors: Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, and 4 more credits »
Stars: Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez
Family | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Broadway producer Johnny Demming courts big-name talent for his upcoming musical show, oblivious to the talent all around him, in his family and friends. When Johnny finally lands Hollywood... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: George Murphy, Ginny Simms, Charles Winninger
Family | Fantasy | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When a princess is shrunken by an evil wizard, Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer
Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer against a background of circus spectacle.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton
Who's the Boss? (1984–1992)
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Tony Micell, a retired baseball player, becomes the housekeeper of Angela Bower, an advertising executive in New York. Together they raise their kids, Samantha Micelli and Jonathon Bower, with help from Mona Robinson, Angela's man-crazy mother.

Stars: Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Family | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A small boy is instrumental in a famous Civil War victory.

Directors: Gordon Douglas, Fred C. Newmeyer
Stars: George 'Spanky' McFarland, Phillips Holmes, Ralph Morgan


Complete credited cast:
Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
Himself - Co-Host / Narrator
Himself - Co-Host / Narrator
Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
Himself - Co-Host / Narrator
Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
Beginning Narrator (voice)


Some of MGM'S musical stars review the studios 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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

July 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O hrysos aionas tou Hollywood 3  »

Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)


$274,794 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| (as Dolby Stereo)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Originally pitched as a special for Turner Classic Movies. See more »


[last lines]
Gene Kelly: MGM's dream factory created a rich, romantic, compelling world of illusion. And although we may not see anything like it again, we're blessed with memories and miles and miles of film. In the words of Irving Berlin, "The song has ended, but the melody lingers on."
See more »

Crazy Credits

A notice in the end credits says that "The MGM musical classics excerpted in this film are available in their entirety on videocassette and laser disc from MGM/UA home video." See more »


Features Cabin in the Sky (1943) See more »


Dance of Fury
(1948) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Performed by Ricardo Montalban, Cyd Charisse, and Ann Miller
From The Kissing Bandit (1948)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A fine evening of entertainment!
3 February 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Every THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT film has a hook to draw new viewers in--the first film had the sheer novelty of these film giants talking to us about the work they did in that glorious, music-filled period of movie-making, although these legends were reduced to reading off pre-written scripts. The second movie had a more intriguing main attraction: only two narrators, but when those two narrators were Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly actually dancing and singing their way through the gorgeous clips stacked up? Fantastic.

Well, THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT III sure tries its best to live up to its predecessors. Retaining the narration technique used in the same film, albeit with the second generation of MGM musical stars (and only Gene Kelly, sporting enormous glasses!, retained from the first two films), the film's hook is the rare special footage it boasts--from a background tracking shot showing the vast amount of money and manpower invested in just one Eleanor Powell number, through to valuable outtakes such as Debbie Reynolds' 'You Are My Lucky Star' number (cut from SINGIN' IN THE RAIN but available on DVD now) and the Indians number in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN as originally performed by Judy Garland. There are other little treasure nuggets as well, all deleted scenes, such as Judy Garland's song 'Mr Monotony', meant for Easter Parade; and Lena Horne's risky bubble bath chanson filmed for CABIN IN THE SKY. And I do wonder what was so bad about Ava Gardner's lost vocals for SHOWBOAT--I thought she sounded pretty darn good myself!

I personally thought the best thing about this film was the way some of this rare footage was displayed--the split-screen technique was quite the stroke of genius. It was used to simply brilliant effect, for example, in showcasing two versions of a number filmed to the same dubbed vocals, the first starring Joan Crawford (for TWO-FACED WOMAN, in rather astonishingly Technicolour and camp blackface) and the second Cyd Charisse (for THE BANDWAGON). No guessing which number SHOULD have been retained (hint: Charisse is one of the best dancers of any time; Crawford is... not), but it was hilarious watching the very VERY different ways in which the same song was approached in the two different films.

My favourite part of the whole film was a number similarly presented, except this time it pitted Fred Astaire against himself. The sand-enhanced song-and-dance, to the tune 'I'm Just A Dancing Man', was filmed once, but deemed not classy enough. So there are two versions--one of Fred in top hat and tails, the other in overalls. Guess what? Astaire keeps to his own internal rhythm perfectly, and proves in this juxtaposition of the two scenes that he is his own best partner. It's pretty damn amazing, and probably the best and most jaw-dropping part of the film.

The rest of THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT III is pretty run-of-the-mill in comparison. It's not stuff we haven't seen before (we've seen better clips in the previous two films), and there are still the prerequisite sections dedicated to Fred Astaire, Judy Garland and Gene Kelly (oh yes, and Esther Williams, of course). It's a shame that there wasn't a Cyd Charisse segment, or one dedicated to Ann Miller. Considering that both these dancing ladies were presenters during the film, it'd have been nice to recognise the great contribution their long legs made to film musical history. I did enjoy the clip from THE KISSING BANDIT that had Charisse and Miller pitted against each other in a catfight slash dance-off, which was very cool, very intense and great fun to watch. But otherwise, it's all stuff that would work better in the original films.

So while THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT III again succeeds in doing what it sets out to do (leave the audience in a happy glow), it's less accomplished than its predecessors. It's not as engaging to new viewers as either of the first two (showcasing lesser-known numbers and films), and is of only average interest to the hardcore classic film buff. It's a hard line to straddle, and the film manages to do it, don't get me wrong. But well. You can't go wrong with this film, but it's all been done before, and dare I say it...? Done better. 7.5/10

14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
that's entertainment! III is entertaining anm223
A good film but. . . pnkerner
That's Dancing! freesharon
Fred Astaire in split screen
Eleanor Powell houserla
Discuss That's Entertainment! III (1994) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: