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

Director:

Jack Haley Jr.

Writer:

Jack Haley Jr.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Self - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'The Band Wagon'
Bing Crosby ... Self - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Going Hollywood'
Gene Kelly ... Self - Co-Host / Narrator / Clips from 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' - 'Singin' in the Rain' and 'An American in Paris'
Peter Lawford ... Self - Co-Host / Narrator - Clip from 1947 version of 'Good News'
Liza Minnelli ... Self - Co-Host & Narrator
Donald O'Connor ... Self - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Singin' in the Rain'
Debbie Reynolds ... Self - Co-Host / Narrator
Mickey Rooney ... Self - Co-Host / Narrator / Clips from 'Babes in Arms' - 'Girl Crazy' - 'Babes on Broadway'
Frank Sinatra ... Self - Co-Host
James Stewart ... Self - Co-Host
Elizabeth Taylor ... Self - Co-Hostess / Narrator / Clip from 'Cynthia'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
June Allyson ... Clip from 'Words and Music' (archive footage)
Kay Armen Kay Armen ... Clip from 'Hit the Deck' (archive footage)
Ray Bolger ... Clips from 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'The Harvey Girls' (archive footage)
Virginia Bruce ... Clip from 'The Great Ziegfeld' (archive footage)
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MGM musical numbers from the introduction of sound in the late '20s through to the 1950s, possibly with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Judy Garland getting the most coverage. Linked by some of the stars who worked at MGM handing the commentary on one to another. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Trivia

In order to showcase as many of the MGM musicals as possible, producer-director Jack Haley Jr. made it his business to choose only one song from each film whenever possible. The exceptions to the rule were: The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929), Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937), Strike Up the Band (1940), Babes on Broadway (1941), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Anchors Aweigh (1945), The Pirate (1948), The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), Royal Wedding (1951), Singin' in the Rain (1952), Million Dollar Mermaid (1952), and The Band Wagon (1953). Show Boat (1951), and The Wizard of Oz (1939) were fashioned into bona fide medleys. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Frank Sinatra says The Hollywood Revue of 1929 is the "first all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing movie ever made". In fact, it wasn't; the first was The Broadway Melody, which was released in February, nine months before "The Hollywood Revue" was released. Indeed, by the time of That's Entertainment! III, narrator Gene Kelly was now calling The Hollywood Revue of 1929, "one of the first all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing movies." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank Sinatra: [narrating] The year is 1929; the singer, Cliff Edwards, also known as Ukelele Ike. The film: "Hollywood Revue"; it is the first all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing movie ever made. In the years that followed, "Singin' in the Rain" would become a theme song for MGM.
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Crazy Credits

After the closing credits, some video releases include the film's original instrumental exit overture. See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally released with an instrumental overture preceding the film. This overture is included in some video releases. See more »

Connections

Features Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

The Broadway Melody
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Performed by Charles King and chorus line
From The Broadway Melody (1929)
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showcasing MGM's finest
5 July 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

In the mid-seventies, when MGM as a producing force in studio history was pretty much dead, a couple of researchers started to put together a compilation of the greatest moments from the birth of the talkie to Gigi's glut of Academy Awards at the end of the 1950s. The idea of this first 'That's Entertainment!' was to showcase the cream of the musicals, using a number of MGM's former contact stars (Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney et al) to link segments together.

The result was so breathtaking and brilliant that two further sequels followed; one almost immediately, and the third after a gap of twenty years, in time for MGM's seventieth birthday. This first compilation shows us sequences from 'An American In Paris', 'Singin' In The Rain', 'The Harvey Girls', 'Hollywood Revue', and on, and on. It has special segments devoted to Astaire, Kelly, Garland, Garland with Rooney, and, er, Esther Williams. It should give any viewer the appetite to seek out full movies they haven't seen, and to reflect with affection on those they have.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

That's Entertainment: 50 Years of MGM See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$26,890,200

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,890,200
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4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Black and White | Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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