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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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Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'The Band Wagon'
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Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Going Hollywood'
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Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clips from 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' - 'Singin' in the Rain' and 'An American in Paris'
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Himself - Co-Host / Narrator - Clip from 1947 version of 'Good News'
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Herself - Co-Host & Narrator
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Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Singin' in the Rain'
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Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
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Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clips from 'Babes in Arms' - 'Girl Crazy' - 'Babes on Broadway'
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Himself - Co-Host
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Himself - Co-Host
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Herself - Co-Hostess / Narrator / Clip from 'Cynthia'
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Clip from 'Words and Music' (archiveFootage)
Kay Armen ...
Clip from 'Hit the Deck' (archiveFootage)
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Clips from 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'The Harvey Girls' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'The Great Ziegfeld' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'The Band Wagon' (archiveFootage)
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Lise Bouvier / Gigi (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Two Weeks with Love' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Singin' in the Rain' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Gigi' (archiveFootage)
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Hollywood Revue / Janie Barlow (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Idiot's Delight' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Hit the Deck' (archiveFootage)
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Clips from 'Speak Easily' & 'It Happened in Brooklyn' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Every Sunday' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Broadway Melody of 1938' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 1936 version of 'Rose Marie' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Hollywood Revue' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Idiot's Delight' (archiveFootage)
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Herself - at Banquet / Clip from 1951 version of 'Show Boat' (archiveFootage)
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Clips from 'Wizard of Oz' & 'Summer Stock' etc. (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Suzy' (archiveFootage)
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Clips from 1951 version of 'Show Boat' and 'Toast of New Orleans' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Idiot's Delight' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'The Wizard of Oz' (archiveFootage)
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Clips from 'Reckless' & 'Suzy' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Idiot's Delight' (archiveFootage)
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Herself - at Banquet / Clip from 'Thousands Cheer' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Free and Easy' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from "Gigi" (archiveFootage)
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Gaylord Ravenal / Hazard Endicott (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Broadway Melody' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Idiot's Delight' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'The Wizard of Oz' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Toast of New Orleans' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Rose Marie' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Idiot's Delight' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Hit the Deck' (archiveFootage)
Douglas McPhail ...
Clip from 'Babes in Arms' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Small Town Girl' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Free and Easy' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Dance, Fools, Dance' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'The Great Ziegfeld' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'On the Town' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'The Pirate' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'The Pirate' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Meet Me in St. Louis' (archiveFootage)
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(clips from "Broadway Melody of 1940" / "Rosalie") (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'A Date with Judy' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Barkleys of Broadway' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Idiot's Delight' (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' (archiveFootage)
William Warfield ...
Clip from 1951 version of 'Show Boat' (archiveFootage)
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Clips from 'Bathing Beauty' & 'Million Dollar Mermaid' etc. (archiveFootage)
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Himself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Idiot's Delight (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'A Date with Judy' (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Show Boat' (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Orchestra Leader (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself - Clip from 'La Fiesta Santa Barbara' (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'On the Town' (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Gigi' (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'A Date with Judy' (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Parthy Hawks (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Hollywood Revue' (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'A Date with Judy' (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Idiot's Delight' (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Clip from 'Speak Easily' (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself - at Banquet (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

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Jack Haley Jr.

Written by

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Jack Haley Jr. ... (written by)

Produced by

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Jack Haley Jr. ... producer
Daniel Melnick ... executive producer

Music by

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Henry Mancini

Film Editing by

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David E. Blewitt ... co-film editor
Bud Friedgen ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Ramon G. Caballero ... assistant film editor
Abe Lincoln Jr. ... assistant film editor
George Nakama ... apprentice film editor (as George Y. Nakama)
Ana Luisa Pérez ... assistant film editor (as Ana Luisa Corley Pérez)
Todd C. Ramsay ... assistant film editor
Michael J. Sheridan ... apprentice film editor

Production Management

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William R. Poole ... unit production manager (as William Poole)
Wally Samson ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Claude Binyon Jr. ... assistant director
Richard Bremerkamp ... assistant director
David Silver ... assistant director

Art Department

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Philip Gips ... graphic designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Lyle J. Burbridge ... re-recording mixer (as Lyle Burbridge)
William L. McCaughey ... re-recording mixer
Aaron Rochin ... re-recording mixer
Harry W. Tetrick ... re-recording mixer
Hal Watkins ... re-recording mixer
Van Allen James ... sound editor (uncredited)

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Robert R. Hoag ... optical supervision (as Robert Hoag)
James F. Liles ... optical supervision (as Jim Liles)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Allan Green ... additional photography
Ennio Guarnieri ... additional photography
Ernest Laszlo ... additional photography
Russell Metty ... additional photography
Gene Polito ... additional photography

Music Department

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Jesse Kaye ... music supervisor
Henry Mancini ... additional music adaptor
William Saracino ... additional music editor
David Crocov ... violin (uncredited)

Other crew

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Mort Feinstein ... head film librarian: MGM
Louis B. Mayer ... leadership: MGM

Thanks

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Harold Adamson ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Harold Arlen ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Irving Berlin ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Leonard Bernstein ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Ralph Blane ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Nicholas Brodszky ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Lew Brown ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Nacio Herb Brown ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Sammy Cahn ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Saul Chaplin ... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Betty Comden ... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Gene de Paul ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Buddy G. DeSylva ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music (as B.G. De Sylva)
Adolph Deutsch ... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Howard Dietz ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Walter Donaldson ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Vernon Duke ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Roger Edens ... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Sammy Fain ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Dorothy Fields ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Arthur Freed ... acknowledgment: producer of the most outstanding musicals
Rudolf Friml ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
George Gershwin ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Ira Gershwin ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Mack Gordon ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Adolph Green ... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Johnny Green ... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound (as John Green)
Clifford Grey ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Oscar Hammerstein II ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Otto A. Harbach ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music (as Otto Harbach)
E.Y. Harburg ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Lorenz Hart ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Lennie Hayton ... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Ray Henderson ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Victor Herbert ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Gus Kahn ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Bert Kalmar ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Bronislau Kaper ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Jerome Kern ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Burton Lane ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Alan Jay Lerner ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Frank Loesser ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Frederick Loewe ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Hugh Martin ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Jimmy McHugh ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Johnny Mercer ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Cole Porter ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
André Previn ... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Harry Revel ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Leo Robin ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Richard Rodgers ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Sigmund Romberg ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
David Rose ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Harry Ruby ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Conrad Salinger ... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Arthur Schwartz ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
George Stoll ... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Herbert Stothart ... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Jule Styne ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Kay Thompson ... acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound
Harry Warren ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Paul Francis Webster ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Vincent Youmans ... acknowledgment: composer of the words and music
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Boy. Do we need it now. See more »
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Also Known As
  • That's Entertainment: 50 Years of MGM (United States)
  • Il était une fois Hollywood (France)
  • Das gibt's nur einmal (Germany)
  • Érase una vez en Hollywood (Spain)
  • Das gibt's nie wieder (West Germany)
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Runtime
  • 135 min
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Aspect Ratio
  • 1.33 : 1 (Academy ratio clips and negative ratio)
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Box Office

Budget $3,200,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia This was among the last MGM films shot on the studio's renowned back lot, of which there were actually six distinct satellite parcels of land west and south of the main lot, or Lot 1. Lot 2, the last of them to serve as a working back lot, was in use until late 1978. Development for residential housing on Lots 3-6 began the year "That's Entertainment!" filmed its new material with the studio's stars strolling the various standing sets, which had been allowed to deteriorate for well over a decade before their demolition. This is particularly noticeable in the train station set where Fred Astaire gives his introduction, and Bing Crosby refers to the English Lake area as looking rather "scruffy". On the other hand, the entire purpose of the film is nostalgia, and the use of the 'scruffy' facade, clearly aged and unused, helps to set the tone as one of a brief return to the glamor of the past, even though it was all make-believe. See more »
Goofs At the beginning of the film, Frank Sinatra says The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) is the "first all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing movie ever made,". In fact it wasn't, the first was The Broadway Melody (1929), which was released in February, nine months before "The Hollywood Revue" was ever released. Indeed, by the time of That's Entertainment III (1994), narrator Gene Kelly was now calling The Hollywood Revue of 1929, "one of the first all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing movies." See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002). See more »
Soundtracks Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo See more »
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 »
Quotes Liza Minnelli: Thank God for film. It can capture a performance and hold it right there forever. And if anyone says to you, "Who was he?" or, "Who was she?" or, "What made them so good?" I think a piece of film answers that question better than any words I know of.
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