7.4/10
8,431
87 user 52 critic

Easter Parade (1948)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 8 July 1948 (USA)
Trailer
2:17 | Trailer
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 »
Reviews
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

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")
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

camp | dance | dancing | easter | performer | See All (70) »

Taglines:

Full of melody! Full of young love! See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The song "Easter Parade", which inspired the movie, was first sung in Irving Berlin's 1933 Broadway revue "As Thousands Cheer" by Marilyn Miller and Clifton Webb. It was inspired by the annual event in New York City where people stroll down Fifth Avenue displaying their new hats (some very outrageous) and their Easter finery. The song also appeared in the Irving Berlin movie Holiday Inn (1942). See more »

Goofs

Marty's hand movements on the piano do not match the notes being played. 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.
[...]
See more »

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 »


Soundtracks

Easter Parade
(uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by Judy Garland and Fred Astaire
See more »

User Reviews

 
One Of The Best Musicals Of The Classic Era
16 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I don't know why I haven't checked this out on DVD yet. I imagine it looks spectacular, because even the VHS looked super. I'm talking about the Technicolor. Man, those Technicolor films in the '40s were beautiful, as this certainly is.

For entertainment, you get Fred Astaire dancing, Judy Garland singing, Ann Miller dancing, and Peter Lawford singing. I didn't think Lawford could sing, but he's not bad here. The other talent must have elevated his.

Astaire consistently amazed audiences with his innovative dance routines and smooth style. He does a number here in a toy store that is really something! Miller also gives us a good tap number and Garland's songs are all winners.

This movie is more vehicle for those above-mentioned stars than it is in telling some profound the story. The story is not much, but who cares? It's the dancing, singing, the incredible costumes, overall color, nice people and just plain feel-good musical atmosphere that makes this a popular film, even to this day.


28 of 32 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 87 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

8 July 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Irving Berlin's Easter Parade See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,503,654 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed