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Easter Parade (1948)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 8 July 1948 (USA)
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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Hannah Brown
... Don Hewes
... Jonathan Harrow III
... Nadine Hale
... Headwaiter François
... Mike the Bartender
Richard Beavers ... Singer ("The Girl on the Magazine Cover")
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

8 July 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Irving Berlin's Easter Parade  »

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Budget:

$2,503,654 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,803,000
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film deleted a musical number, "Mr. Monotony," in which Judy Garland wears the same costume she would immortalize two years later in Summer Stock (1950) in the number "Get Happy"; the costume was a man's tuxedo coat and hat. For years, there were rumors that "Get Happy" was cut from another film and inserted into Summer Stock (1950). It is believed that this song being removed from "Easter Parade" is the origin of that rumor. An abbreviated version of the "Mr. Monotony" number was included in That's Entertainment! III (1994), and the complete number is included as an extra on the Warner Home Video Easter Parade (1948) DVD. 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

Mike the Bartender: What are you doing here by yourself?
Hannah Brown: Oh, I don't know. I just wanted to get away for awhile.
Mike the Bartender: Sure. Well, if there's anything I can do, breaking one's neck or anything like that, just say the word.
Hannah Brown: No thanks, Mike. There isn't anything anyone can do.
Mike the Bartender: Ah, don't say that. No man is that important. Plenty of fish left in the sea. You know it's always darkest just...
Hannah Brown: Oh, Mike. I don't think you have a motto for my kind of problem.
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Connections

Referenced in Torchwood: Something Borrowed (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful Faces Need Beautiful Clothes
(uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Danced by Fred Astaire and Judy Garland
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A classic example of those old 40's musicals
22 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Don't you just love those old 40's musicals? Easter Parade is certainly one of the best, with Fred Astaire doing his amazing flashy but precise dancing, Judy Garland using her legendary voice to sing right from her heart into yours, and Ann Miller doing her own unique style of dancing and tapping while belting out great songs. And of course, everybody in the film uses any excuse to sing yet another song, usually dancing to it as well.

One of the special sequences has Fred Astaire dancing in slow motion while the rest of the cast dance at normal speed behind him! Sure, we can do that these days with computers, but remember this film was made in 1948!!

Of course there's the usual plot - Boy meets girl, they fall in love, have a misunderstanding, but get together again just in time for the big finishing number. That used to really get the audiences in, in those days, and they repeated that theme in every musical that ever was.

Any weak spots? Several of the film's routines seem a little amateurish by today's standards. For example, the waiter tossing his invisible salad just to do a bit of clowning seems a little contrived. Also, the film is supposedly set in 1912, so all the 1948 fashions and hairstyles are completely anachronistic - but what does that matter, after all, it's just an enjoyable romp.

I've given this film eight out of ten, but if I could just vote on Judy Garland's singing and Fred Astaire's dancing, I'd certainly give them ten out of ten. This is definitely a "must-see" film, just for those two incredible talents!


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