G | | Documentary, Family, Musical
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.
Because the "Merry Widow Waltz" never comes to a musical conclusion in The Merry Widow (1934), the final thirty-two bars of the sequence as presented in That's Entertainment, Part 2 are actually borrowed from MGM's 1952 remake of The Merry Widow, ... ...
Writing a song can be agony or ecstasy. It can take half an hour or half a year. But, when anyone writes a song in a movie, there never seems to be any problem. Inspiration turns on faster than a light bulb.
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.