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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'The Band Wagon'
... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Going Hollywood'
... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clips from 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' - 'Singin' in the Rain' and 'An American in Paris'
... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator - Clip from 1947 version of 'Good News'
... Herself - Co-Hostess & Narrator
... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Singin' in the Rain'
... Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clips from 'Babes in Arms' - 'Girl Crazy' - 'Babes on Broadway'
... Himself - Co-Host
... Himself - Co-Host
... Herself - Co-Hostess / Narrator / Clip from 'Cynthia'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Clip from 'Words and Music' (archive footage)
Kay Armen ... Clip from 'Hit the Deck' (archive footage)
... Clips from 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'The Harvey Girls' (archive footage)
... 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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21 June 1974 (USA)  »

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That's Entertainment: 50 Years of MGM  »

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$3,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$26,890,200
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1.33 : 1
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Where the selection process was concerned, the film would inevitably have to make concessions in its effort to consolidate nearly thirty years of moviemaking into one feature film, but there were several glaring omissions in the finished product. A handful of MGM mainstays appeared only peripherally, without a featured number that spotlighted his or her singular talent, including Cyd Charisse, Van Johnson, Carmen Miranda, Allan Jones, Janet Leigh, Ricardo Montalban and Fernando Lamas. Other stars in the MGM stock company were slighted altogether, including Vera-Ellen, Marge Champion and Gower Champion, Ann Blyth, Bobby Van, Virginia O'Brien, Doris Day, Oscar Levant, Gloria DeHaven, Dan Dailey, George Murphy, Ann Sothern, Lucille Bremer, Betty Garrett, Angela Lansbury, Ray McDonald, Dolores Gray, Bob Fosse, Sally Forrest, Marion Davies, Ramon Novarro and Tom Drake. Because of the embarrassment of cinematic riches in the MGM vault, blockbusters such as Brigadoon (1954), Easter Parade (1948), Annie Get Your Gun (1950), Kiss Me Kate (1953), Ziegfeld Girl (1941), Maytime (1937), Silk Stockings (1957) and Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) were not represented in the compilation, many of them having to wait until the sequel two years later. Additionally, because it was decided that the 'golden era' spanned 1929-1958, worthy later projects such as Bells Are Ringing (1960), Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962) and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) were excluded from consideration. In retrospect, it's impossible to imagine that the premier anthology of MGM musicals does not include "Triplets," "You Stepped Out of a Dream," "A Couple of Swells" or "There's No Business Like Show Business." See more »

Goofs

During her narrative section, Liza Minnelli erroneously states that her mother, Judy Garland "once told me that MGM seemed obsessed with Shirley Temple. They even offered Fox Clark Gable and Jean Harlow just to obtain Temple for a picture Metro was preparing. But the deal fell through, so MGM went head with the picture and cast Momma in the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz." In fact, Jean Harlow died before MGM began preparations for The Wizard of Oz. See more »

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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 »

Connections

Features Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

The Varsity Drag
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Lew Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva
Danced by June Allyson, Peter Lawford, and Chorus
From Good News (1947)
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A perfect tribute to the greatest musical talents we'll ever see!
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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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