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That's Entertainment! III (1994)

Some of MGM's musical stars review the studio's history of musicals. From The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) to Brigadoon (1954), from the first musical talkies to Gene Kelly in Singin' in ... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
June Allyson ... Herself - Co-Hostess / Narrator
Cyd Charisse ... Herself - Co-Hostess / Narrator
Lena Horne ... Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
Howard Keel ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator
Gene Kelly ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator
Ann Miller ... Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
Debbie Reynolds ... Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
Mickey Rooney ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator
Esther Williams ... Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
Granville Van Dusen ... Beginning Narrator (voice)
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Some of MGM's musical stars review the studio's history of musicals. From The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) to Brigadoon (1954), from the first musical talkies to Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain (1952), are examined. Written by Kelly

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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Era Uma Vez Em Hollywood, Parte III See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,220, 8 May 1994

Gross USA:

$280,163

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$280,163
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DTS | Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Originally pitched as a special for Turner Classic Movies. See more »

Quotes

Gene Kelly: As Andy Hardy, Mickey Rooney was always falling in love. Esther Williams played his love interest in her first film. A fashion model, a champion swimmer, Esther was working at an Aqua Cave when she caught the attention of an MGM talent scout. In her 22 films she made at Metro, she was seldom out of the water.
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Crazy Credits

A notice in the end credits says that "The MGM musical classics excerpted in this film are available in their entirety on videocassette and laser disc from MGM/UA home video." See more »

Alternate Versions

Home video and DVD release contains several additional musical excerpts. See more »

Connections

Referenced in American Masters: Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

We're Off to See the Wizard
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Played in the Overture
Performed by The Singer Midgets
From The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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MGM at its best
30 November 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Having seen the previous two installments of this series about MGM's great years, we hadn't seen the last one, but thanks to TCM, which showed it recently, we now have completed the cycle. The documentary, directed by Bud Friedgen and Michael Sheridan, brings us back to the golden years of the studio that boasted it had more stars than any one else in Hollywood.

This new version concentrates on the singing and dancing stars. Its 113 minutes running time flies by without noticing because of the quality of the material selected to be shown.

There is a magnificent black and white sequence showing Eleanor Powell performing a number and at the same time on a second screen we are taken to the actual filming of the routine as the technicians worked on it. Even for the time when it was filmed, it was revolutionary. Also, we see a dance routine by Fred Astaire with two different costumes and the same music shown on split screen where the "master" himself performs the exact same steps in both sequences. Amazing!

The only sad note of the documentary is to see how Lena Horne, a talented and gorgeous black woman who was employed by the studio, but was never given a starring role on films that involved other white actors. In fact, it's a shame she lost a plum role in "Showboat" because of the discrimination at the time.

It was great to watch the MGM stars narrating the different segments. Thus, we saw June Allyson, Cyd Charisse, Ann Miller, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Esther Williams, Howard Keel introducing the different production numbers in the documentary.

Without a doubt, Hollywood was a factory of dreams and MGM was the best place where they came true.


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