Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.
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The greatest entertainment since "That's Entertainment!"
17 May 1976 (USA)
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Also Known As:
That's Entertainment, Part 2
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Gross USA: $6,540,000
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Based on the film's art direction, it is relatively easy to detect which songs were dropped from the final release print. "You Stepped Out of a Dream" from Ziegfeld Girl (1941) was clearly intended to be part of the opening sequence, as it is the only one of the rotating photo stills in Astaire and Kelly's dance routine that never materializes on the screen. Two other numbers went so far as to be listed in the films's souvenir program before being cut from the general release print. "Lonesome Polecat" from Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954) was situated between "All of You" and "The Lady is a Tramp" in the Great Songwriters sequence. Oscar Levant's rendition of "Concerto in F" from An American in Paris (1951) was slated to appear between "Triplets" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"; in fact, the deletion of Levant's solo was executed so hurriedly that one can still hear his final cry of "Bravo!" sound-mixed with the first notes of Judy Garland's song. See more
Fred, I hear tap dancing is popular again.
The opening credits introduce not only hosts Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, but mention all the other performers from the clips before the 'That's Entertainment, pt 2' title card; all are done in different styles: names drawn in the sand, scrolls, inside a book, tiles spelled out on satin, inside a file cabinet, typed on stationery, branding iron, the 'Rank Organisation' gong, etc. See more
The original release print ran 133 minutes and contained a handful of sequences that were ultimately shorn from the general release print. In the first section, you can see Astaire and Kelly rotating enormous photos of each song that appears in that section. One of them is "You Stepped Out of a Dream" from Ziegfeld Girl (1941), which originally appeared between "Fascinating Rhythm" and "I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'." In the Great Songwriters section, "Lonesome Polecat" from Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954) originally appeared between "The Lady is a Tramp" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." In the 'Shubert Alley' sequence, Astaire and Kelly dance among sheet music covers boasting song titles that eventually appear in the section. Among them are "Concerto in F" from An American In Paris" which originally appeared between "Triplets" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (in fact, due to hasty editing, Oscar Levant's final "Bravo!" can still be heard over the first image of Judy Garland and Margaret O'Brien). Fred Astaire's "Drum Crazy" from Easter Parade (1948) was also slated for this sequence (replaced by "Steppin' Out With My Baby"), as was "The Stanley Steamer" from Summer Holiday (1948), which was to have capped the entire section (it was ultimately replaced by Kelly's "I Got Rhythm"). See more
Followed by That's More Entertainment!
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Performed by Gene Kelly
and Cyd Charisse
from the movie Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more