Easter Parade

Easter Parade

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Director: Charles Walters

Cast: Charles Walters, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford

     
 

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Fred Astaire had announced his retirement before the cameras began to roll on Easter Parade, but he decided to accept the film's leading role when its original star Gene Kelly became incapacitated. The thinnish plot, which finds Astaire trying to turn chorus girl Judy Garland into a star in order to show up his former partner Ann Miller, is hardly what keepsSee more details below

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Fred Astaire had announced his retirement before the cameras began to roll on Easter Parade, but he decided to accept the film's leading role when its original star Gene Kelly became incapacitated. The thinnish plot, which finds Astaire trying to turn chorus girl Judy Garland into a star in order to show up his former partner Ann Miller, is hardly what keeps the audience's eyes riveted to the screen. All that truly matters are the 17 musical numbers, all written by Irving Berlin (ten were standards, while seven were new to this film). Among the many highlights are Astaire's slow-motion version of "Steppin' Out," the Astaire/Garland duet "We're a Couple of Swells," the opening rendition of "Happy Easter," and the closing performance of the title number. So successful was Easter Parade that plans were immediately drawn to reteam Fred Astaire and Judy Garland in The Barkeleys of Broadway; this time, however, it was Garland who withdrew, to be replaced by Astaire's most famous vis-à-vis, Ginger Rogers.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Easter Parade crams seventeen songs into 103 minutes and, even at that, still struggles to find enough plot to fill out its length. Fortunately, the musical numbers are very good, and the wait between them is seldom long enough for the story to become tedious. Stars Judy Garland and Fred Astaire find a strong first-time chemistry, to Irving Berlin's music set to the Oscar-winning adaptation of Roger Edens and Johnny Green. Choreographer Charles Walters nominally performs in the director's chair. He's competent in getting the singing and dancing on film, but, as in much of his work, he shows little interest in the story that surrounds the music. The film maintains a fun, wholesome, upbeat tone and has the classy look common in MGM films of this era.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2011
UPC:
0883929172993
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
3,367

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Fred Astaire's Daughter Eva Astaire McKenzie and Judy Garland Biographer John Fricke; ; Judy Garland Trailer Gallery

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judy Garland Hannah Brown
Fred Astaire Don Hewes
Peter Lawford Jonathan Harrow III
Ann Miller Nadine Hale
Jules Munshin Francois, Headwaiter
Clinton Sundberg Mike the Bartender
Jeni Le Gon Essie
Richard Beavers Singer
Helene Heigh Hat Shop Owner
Doris Kemper Mary
Nolan Leary Drug Store Clerk
Frank Mayo Headwaiter
Jeanne Romer "Delineator" Twin
Lynn Romer "Delineator" Twin
Patricia Jackson Specialty Girl
Bob Jellison Drugstore Customer
Lola Albright Hat Model Showgirl
Joi Lansing Hat Model Showgirl
Benay Venuta Bar Patron
Shirley Ballard Showgirl
Jimmy Bates Boy in "Drum Crazy" Number
Margaret Bert Florist
Peter Chong Sam, valet
Fern Eggen Salesgirl
Harry Fox Desk Clerk
Sig Frohlich Callboy
Ruth Hall Showgirl
Robert E. O'Connor Policeman
Albert Pollet Waiter
Ralph Sanford Hotel Detective
Dee Turnell Dancer
Patricia Walker Showgirl
Wilson Wood Marty, Rehearsal Pianist
Jimmy Dodd Cabby
Howard Mitchell Drugstore Patron
Dick Simmons Ziegfeld Aide

Technical Credits
Charles Walters Director,Choreography
Albert Akst Editor
Robert Alton Choreography
Fred Astaire Choreography
Irving Berlin Songwriter
Guy Bolton Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
Roger Edens Associate Producer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Arthur Freed Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Frances Goodrich Original Story,Screenwriter
Roger Green Musical Direction/Supervision
Johnny Green Musical Direction/Supervision
Albert Hackett Original Story,Screenwriter
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Sidney Sheldon Screenwriter
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Irene Valles Costumes/Costume Designer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Easter Parade
1. Credits [1:21]
2. Happy Easter [2:09]
3. Drum Crazy [4:21]
4. It Only Happens When I Dance With You [4:07]
5. Breakup [3:02]
6. Hannah Will Do [2:33]
7. I Want To Go Back To Michigan [2:37]
8. Tight Rehearsal [4:19]
9. One Year From Today [2:16]
10. Getting Noticed [1:56]
11. Beautiful Faces Need Beautiful Clothes [2:34]
12. Wrong Twice [3:47]
13. A Fella With An Umbrella [4:14]
14. I Love a Piano [2:49]
15. Snooky Ookums [4:49]
16. Cancelled Plans [2:32]
17. François' Recipe [1:10]
18. Taking Account Of Don [2:36]
19. Shakin' the Blues Away [3:49]
20. Unsteady Dinner Dates [4:22]
21. It Only Happens When I Dance With You Reprise (I) [5:13]
22. Steppin' Out with My Baby [1:57]
23. A Couple of Swells [7:25]
24. Opening Night Report [4:35]
25. The Girl On The Magazine Cover [2:06]
26. It Only Happens When I Dance With You Reprise (II) [4:11]
27. Better Luck Next Time [2:04]
28. Nobody's There [3:57]
29. If I Loved Someone [2:51]
30. Easter Parade [2:26]

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