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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.

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Jack Haley Jr.

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Jack Haley Jr.
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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

This is one of only five MGM films released in 1974. It's mostly a compilation of existing footage, so it can't truly be considered a "new" movie. See more »

Goofs

Liza Minnelli states that she regularly rushed home from school to visit whichever set that her mother Judy Garland was working on at MGM. In fact, Judy Garland's final film at MGM was Summer Stock in 1949, when Ms Minnelli was all of 3 years old and, presumably in Kindergarten, unable to rush anywhere unaccompanied. 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

Before Leo the Lion roars at the beginning, the words "Beginning our next 50 years" appear in the lion's traditional place in the MGM logo, which itself has been modified to indicate the company's golden anniversary. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some video releases include instrumental exit music that plays after the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Features Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Cotton Blossom
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Chorus
From Show Boat (1951)
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Great musicals from a great era
24 February 2002 | by tms1983See all my reviews

If you're a fan of musicals, the old show-stopping stars, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, or all 3, this movie is a MUST SEE. It features segments of all those grand and glorious technicolor musical wonders (and some B&W's) from the brith of the movie musical through more recent productions of the 1950s and 1960s. The movie is hosted by of old stars that will make you want to get up out of your chair and dance, as they walk through a despairing and deteriorating (in 1974) M-G-M studio lot. If you haven't seen it, what are you waiting for?


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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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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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