G | | Documentary, Family, Musical
Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favourite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.
The "Good Morning" number from Singin' in the Rain (1952) was originally inserted in Debbie Reynolds's hosting segment, but was cut before release -- and later placed in That's Entertainment, Part II (1976).
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 ...
At the beginning of the film, Frank Sinatra says The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) is the "first all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing movie ever made,". In fact it wasn't, the first was The Broadway Melody (1929), which was released in February, nine months before "The Hollywood Revue" was ever released. Indeed, by the time of That's Entertainment III (1994), narrator Gene Kelly was now calling The Hollywood Revue of 1929, "one of the first all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing movies."
Producer Jack Haley Jr.'s credit appears over a still image of his father, Jack Haley, as the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz.
Some TV prints show the 1951 "Show Boat" segment in cropped widescreen, when in fact the film was made in a "regular" aspect ratio (non-widescreen). Widescreen did not really come along until 1953, although Cinerama did premiere in 1952.