Easter Parade (1948)

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A nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner to make his former partner jealous and to prove he can make any partner a star.

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  • Judy Garland and Peter Lawford in Easter Parade (1948)
  • Judy Garland in Easter Parade (1948)
  • Fred Astaire in Easter Parade (1948)
  • Fred Astaire and Judy Garland in Easter Parade (1948)
  • Fred Astaire in Easter Parade (1948)
  • Fred Astaire and Judy Garland in Easter Parade (1948)

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1 May 2011 | basilisksamuk
| Irresistible
Since some old films have begun to be broadcast on HD channels I feel I have been spoilt. It's true that some look no better but others, particularly old Technicolor films look terrific. I started to watch this on TV and very nearly switched off because it wasn't on an HD channel. I was disappointed by the quality of the print. However, the sheer joy of seeing Fred Astaire move kept me viewing. As another reviewer has noted - just to see the way he walks is a lesson in elegance.

I was also struck watching this by how good Judy Garland is as an actress. We all know about her difficulties off screen but when she commits to her scenes she is always impossible to take you eyes off.

It's true that he story is slight and the whole things is held together by string and sealing wax but who cares with singing and dancing of this calibre? I still look forward to seeing an even better print though.

By the way did anyone else see a foreshadowing of James Stewart and Kim Novak in Vertigo in the early part of the film or is just me?

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Did You Know?


Gene Kelly was originally scheduled to play Don, but he broke his ankle when he stamped his foot in anger after losing a volleyball game. It was at his suggestion that he be replaced by Fred Astaire. Cyd Charisse was up for the role of Nadine, but a torn ligament in either one or both of her knees forced her to drop out. She was replaced by Ann Miller. Although she had been a star for years, Judy Garland had never met Astaire before, and was afraid to speak to him until they were properly introduced.


Don Hewes: Hat please.
Essie, Nadine's Maid: Oh, Mr. Hewes.
Don Hewes: Hello darling! Where are you?
Nadine Hale: Oh Don, I've been trying to call you.
Don Hewes: Uh, Essie, will you help me with these things please?
Don Hewes: Thank you. Well, I got all tied up with an Easter rabbit. Hello sweetheart.
Don Hewes: Here.
Don Hewes: .
Nadine Hale: Oh I wish you ...


Waiter in Mike's bar appears at the end of the bar, then when the camera changes shots, the waiter comes up to the opposite end of the bar.

Alternate Versions

Judy Garland sings "Mr. Monotony" in a sequence cut from the film. An excerpt from the number was included in That's Entertainment Part III (1994). The 2004 DVD box set release of all three That's Entertainment films includes a bonus DVD that includes the complete performance of this number.


Call Me Up Some Rainy Afternoon
Written by
Irving Berlin
Played as second number by orchestra in restaurant as Nadine and Don reminisce


Plot Summary


Musical | Romance

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