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That's Entertainment! (1974)

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 ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'The Band Wagon'
Bing Crosby ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Going Hollywood'
Gene Kelly ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clips from 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' - 'Singin' in the Rain' and 'An American in Paris'
Peter Lawford ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator - Clip from 1947 version of 'Good News'
Liza Minnelli ... Herself - Co-Host & Narrator
Donald O'Connor ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Singin' in the Rain'
Debbie Reynolds ... Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
Mickey Rooney ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clips from 'Babes in Arms' - 'Girl Crazy' - 'Babes on Broadway'
Frank Sinatra ... Himself - Co-Host
James Stewart ... Himself - Co-Host
Elizabeth Taylor ... Herself - 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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Boy. Do we need it now. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

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
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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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Trivia

Though anthology films are now a matter of course, the film was a revelation at the time of its release, primarily for two reasons. First, the majority of the pre-1936 MGM film library had rarely if ever been released to television, so clips from films such as Free and Easy (1930) or The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) were being seen for the first time since their original theatrical releases. Moreover, the clips from more familiar films such as Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) and An American in Paris (1951) had for many years been seen only via worn, badly spliced prints on independent TV stations' Late, Late Shows. For this film, the vintage footage was meticulously restored and remastered for 70mm projection, making it look even richer than it had in the films' original releases. 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

Producer Jack Haley Jr.'s credit appears over a still image of his father, Jack Haley, as the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody" sequence from The Great Ziegfeld (1936), some prints have a slightly different narration from Frank Sinatra ending with "and somewhere in that loveliness, you'll find Dennis Morgan singing the song." In the theatrical print, presented in 1.85 widescreen, Sinatra adds the line, "If anyone could afford to film this number today, it might look something like this," as the pillarboxed "standard flat" image is expanded to fill the frame. See more »

Connections

Features Rose-Marie (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Happy
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Performed by Judy Garland and others
From Summer Stock (1950)
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Highlights from M-G-M musicals.
25 July 2000 | by E.StahlSee all my reviews

This is a sentimental and enjoyable look back at the time when M-G-M was the premiere studio in Hollywood and had more stars than there are in the heaven. Famous musical numbers are presented by some of those legends including Fred Astaire, Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra. I just don't like the way they brag and flatter each other. Is it really necessary to tell the viewer how good they were? The audience should be able to judge for themselves. And the numbers are great, no doubt about it. Fred Astaire's tap dance with Eleanor Powell is awesome, Donald O'Connor's "Make'em laugh" is funny, Gene Kelly sings in the rain and Judy Garland sings over the rainbow. It's also fun to see dramatic actors like James Stewart, Clark Gable and Cary Grant sing and dance. That's entertainment! Rating: 4/5


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