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 and Leslie Caron 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)
  • Gene Kelly in That's Entertainment! (1974)

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Cast & Crew

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Director:

Jack Haley Jr.

Writer:

Jack Haley Jr.

Awards

2 wins.

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27 August 2000 | Schlockmeister
MGM Musical Lovers Shangri-la
This is it! This is the Holy grail of musical documentaries, the very definition of the term "They don't make 'em like this anymore.." everyone is here and in the subsequent 2 sequels. Oh, to see this in a movie theatre! 20 foot tall Gene Kelly performing "Singing In The Rain"! Busby Berkeley as his extravanganzas were meant to be seen! Definately worth watching even of you see it on video! A time capsule, a treasure. (sigh... Hollywood...)

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Trivia

Norma Shearer made an agitated phone call to MGM senior executive Paul Rosenfeld, insisting that her reaction shots to Clark Gable's 'Puttin' on the Ritz' (from Idiot's Delight (1939)) be deleted. Unfortunately, it was too late to make any changes and the shots remained in the film. Shearer explained to Rosenfeld in a letter, "I am presented as no more than an extra without screen credit while others who are dancers and singers perform triumphantly as stars of this production." When Rosenfeld offered to arrange a screening for Shearer, she declined saying, "I would be devastated to see myself as such an insignificant part of the whole...It is a little too late to do anything now except to express to you my wounded pride."


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

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.


Alternate Versions

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.


Soundtracks

I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by
Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Sung and Danced by Fred Astaire and Jack Buchanan
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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