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That's Entertainment! (1974)

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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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Storyline

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

The "Good Morning" number from Singin' in the Rain (1952) was originally inserted in Debbie Reynolds's hosting segment, but was ultimately deleted in favor of Donald O'Connor's "Make 'Em Laugh." "Good Morning" resurfaced two years later in That's Entertainment, Part II (1976). See more »

Goofs

During his narrative section, Donald O'Connor says that Esther Williams was discovered while working as a model in a Los Angeles department store, when, in fact, Williams was a salesgirl at I. Magnin. 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 La Fiesta de Santa Barbara (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Pagan Love Song
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by a chorus during the first Esther Williams segment
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A perfect tribute to the greatest musical talents we'll ever see!
30 June 2000 | by gerry-russell-139See all my reviews

I saw this movie occasionally on PBS when I was a kid and I bought the collector's edition of the entire series in '98 and each time I watch it I feel more and more nostalgic about the old Hollywood musicals-a genre of which we'll never see an equal. Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Leslie Caron, Eleanor Powell and Ann Miller are the stars who really show off their great talents in this production of selected clips which include highlights of "Broadway Melody of 1938", "The Wizard of Oz", "Meet Me in St. Louis", "An American in Paris", "Singin' in the Rain", "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and "High Society" among others. There's also a whole roster of legendary guest stars: Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Lawford, James Stewart, Mickey Rooney, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and even Liza Minelli just at the start of her career. They introduce some of the greatest moments in the history of the MGM Musical genre. It's great fun for anyone who loves the musicals of a gone-forever age.


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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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