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Easter Parade (1948)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 8 July 1948 (USA)
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A nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner to make his former partner jealous and to prove he can make any partner a star.

Director:

Charles Walters

Writers:

Sidney Sheldon (screenplay), Frances Goodrich (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Judy Garland ... Hannah Brown
Fred Astaire ... Don Hewes
Peter Lawford ... Jonathan Harrow III
Ann Miller ... Nadine Hale
Jules Munshin ... Headwaiter François
Clinton Sundberg ... Mike the Bartender
Richard Beavers Richard Beavers ... Singer ("The Girl on the Magazine Cover")
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Don Hewes and Nadine Hale are a dancing team, but she decides to start a career on her own. So he takes the next dancer he meets, Hannah Brown, as a new partner. After a while this new team is so successful, that Florenz Ziegfeld is interested in them, but due to the fact that Nadine Hale dances also in the Ziegfeld Follies Don says no. In spite of the fact that he is in love with Hannah, he keeps the relation to her strictly business. So Hannah is of the opinion that he is still in love with Nadine, and her suspicion grows when he dances with Nadine in a Night Club Floor Show. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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camp | campy | dance | dancing | easter | See All (71) »

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Musical | Romance

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Trivia

"The Girl on the Magazine Cover" was from a 1915 Broadway show called "Stop! Look! Listen!" and featured future superstar Marion Davies as Summer. The covers also depicted Winter, Spring, and Autumn. Davies was 18 years old. See more »

Goofs

When Don sings the first line of "It Only Happens When I Dance With You" to Nadine, the shadow of the mic rises from the bottom left-hand corner of the painting above the mantelpiece and goes out of shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Don Hewes: [as he enters the apartment] Hat please.
Essie, Nadine's Maid: Oh, Mr. Hewes.
Don Hewes: [to Nadine] Hello darling! Where are you?
Nadine Hale: Oh Don, I've been trying to call you.
Don Hewes: Uh, Essie, will you help me with these things please?
[laughs while struggling with several stacked boxes]
Don Hewes: Thank you. Well, I got all tied up with an Easter rabbit. Hello sweetheart.
[kisses Nadine]
Don Hewes: Here.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Judy Garland sings "Mr. Monotony" in a sequence cut from the film. An excerpt from the number was included in That's Entertainment Part III (1994). The 2004 DVD box set release of all three That's Entertainment films includes a bonus DVD that includes the complete performance of this number. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mighty Manhattan, New York's Wonder City (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Drum Crazy
(uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung and Danced by Fred Astaire
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Astaire, Garland, Berlin--and Movie Musical Magic
14 May 2005 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

Originally intended as a re-teaming of Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, EASTER PARADE ran into trouble when Garland's doctors advised against her working under the direction of her husband, director Vincent Minnelli--and no sooner did director Charles Walters take the helm than Gene Kelly broke his leg. Out of such confusion are movie musical miracles born: although a bit old to act as Garland's leading man, Fred Astaire was coaxed out of retirement. He and Garland had tremendous chemistry, EASTER PARADE was a box office smash, and Astaire unexpectedly found himself reborn as an MGM star.

Set in 1900s New York, the film's story line is flimsy but enjoyable. After long-time dance partner Ann Miller abandons the act, Astaire hires chorus girl Garland and attempts to recast her in his former partner's mold--a situation which offers Astaire and Garland considerable comedy and gives Astaire the chance to parody several of his own famous dance of the 1930s. Garland eventually convinces Astaire that she needs to be herself, and once the act is revamped they become a hot ticket--and, once their several romantic complications are resolved, romantic partners as well.

Astaire is every bit as charming here as he was in his Ginger Roger days, and his choreography retains his signature sharpness, wit, and elegance. Although Garland isn't really a dancer, she holds her own with Astaire and she tears strips off a brilliant score of Irving Berlin favorites. Both are well supported by Anne Miller, who gives a brilliant turn with 'Shakin' the Blues Away,' and Peter Lawford, who is quite charming as one of Garland's admirers. Although this really isn't as inspired as the truly great MGM musicals of the late 1940s, director Walters keeps it going at a smart pace, and the star power, clever script, memorable score, and those legendary MGM production values elevate it well above the pack. Musical fans will be in for a treat! Recommended.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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