That's Entertainment! (1974)

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Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favourite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.

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  • Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in That's Entertainment! (1974)
  • Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in That's Entertainment! (1974)
  • Gene Kelly in That's Entertainment! (1974)
  • Gene Kelly in That's Entertainment! (1974)
  • Elizabeth Taylor and Gene Kelley attend the opening of "That's Entertainment"
  • Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in That's Entertainment! (1974)

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Director:

Jack Haley Jr.

Writer:

Jack Haley Jr.

Awards

2 wins.

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30 July 1999 | BobLib
It Sure Is, and We'll Never See the Like Again!
For anyone who longs to experience some of the great movie musical moments again, "That's Entertainment" is a Godsend. For anyone who hasn't seen many, or any, of the great MGM musicals and wants to know what made them great, "That's Entertainment" is a revelation. Either way, it's an entertainment extravaganza that can't be beat, and it's easy to see why it was the surprise movie hit of 1974.

In fact, I remember the first time I saw it. I was sixteen, and I saw it at a matinee showing, with my Mother, at the now-defunct Cooper Theater in Denver, Colorado. I think what amazed us the most about the film was that, after almost every number, the audience burst into prolonged applause. You'd think it was a concert instead of a movie! But that's the appeal that these timeless musical moments have. You don't just watch this movie, you're PART of it.

As Frank Sinatra says at the outset of the film, "You can wait around and hope, but you'll never see the like of this again."

An affectionate tribute to the great movie musicals that became a great movie musical itself. See it! See it! See it!

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Trivia

In 2010, in an effort to gauge whether the public preferred Blu-ray or HD DVD, both in their infancy, That's Entertainment! was the first of the MGM musicals to be released in high definition. As the Blu-ray format won the race, HD DVD copies of the film are now exceedingly difficult to find.


Quotes

Frank Sinatra: The year is 1929; the singer, Cliff Edwards, also known as Ukelele Ike. The film: "Hollywood Revue"; it is the first all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing movie ever made. In the years that followed, "Singin' in the Rain" would become a theme song ...


Goofs

In the "Melody of Spring" sequence from Cynthia (1947), narrator Elizabeth Taylor self-deprecatingly remarks that she "was certainly no threat to Judy Garland or Jane Powell." In fact, Taylor's singing was dubbed in the film, a point emphasized when she turns up ten minutes later in 'That's Entertainment!' with an entirely different voice in the "It's a Most Unusual Day" sequence from A Date with Judy (1948). In this case, narrator Peter Lawford claims, "That isn't Elizabeth's voice you're hearing. MGM kept her too busy to rehearse and record."


Crazy Credits

Before Leo the Lion roars at the beginning, the words "Beginning our next 50 years" appear in the lion's traditional place in the MGM logo, which itself has been modified to indicate the company's golden anniversary.


Alternate Versions

Originally released with an instrumental overture preceding the film. This overture is included in some video releases.


Soundtracks

By Myself
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by
Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Performed by Fred Astaire
From The Band Wagon (1953)

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Documentary | Family | Musical

Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$26,890,200 (USA)

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