That's Entertainment, Part II (1976)

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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.

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Director:

Gene Kelly

Writer:

Leonard Gershe (narration written by)

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27 July 1999 | JJJJf
8
| The Weakest of the Trilogy
This particular TE! is very much trapped in time. While it does have a bunch of great songs and pieces, the musical interludes in between old footage are almost embarrassing. The other 2 TE!s were much better.

That's More Entertainment! on the other hand, was absolutely hideous.

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Trivia

When introducing a clip of Cyd Charisse early in the film Fred Astaire says "Cyd Charisse. Lovely Cyd Charisse. How she dances." A little later Gene Kelly says exactly the same line when introducing another clip of her.


Quotes

Gene Kelly: Cyd Charisse. Lovely, Cyd Charisse. How she dances. This is from "Singin' in the Rain."


Goofs

During the "Invitation To The Dance" animated sequence, the costumes of the cartoon guards change from green to blue in less than a second.


Crazy Credits

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.


Alternate Versions

The original release print ran 133 minutes and contained a handful of sequences that were ultimately shorn from the general release print. In the first section, you can see Astaire and Kelly rotating enormous photos of each song that appears in that section. One of them is "You Stepped Out of a Dream" from Ziegfeld Girl (1941), which originally appeared between "Fascinating Rhythm" and "I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'." In the Great Songwriters section, "Lonesome Polecat" from Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954) originally appeared between "The Lady is a Tramp" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." In the 'Shubert Alley' sequence, Astaire and Kelly dance among sheet music covers boasting song titles that eventually appear in the section. Among them are "Concerto in F" from An American In Paris" which originally appeared between "Triplets" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (in fact, due to hasty editing, Oscar Levant's final "Bravo!" can still be heard over the first image of Judy Garland and Margaret O'Brien). Fred Astaire's "Drum Crazy" from Easter Parade (1948) was also slated for this sequence (replaced by "Steppin' Out With My Baby"), as was "The Stanley Steamer" from Summer Holiday (1948), which was to have capped the entire section (it was ultimately replaced by Kelly's "I Got Rhythm").


Soundtracks

Take Me to Broadway
(1953) (uncredited)
Music by
Nicholas Brodszky
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Bobby Van
from the movie Small Town Girl (1953)

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Genres

Documentary | Family | Musical

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