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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18 February 2006 | preppy-3
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| Almost as good as Part 1
Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire introduce more wonderful numbers from MGM musicals. This time drama and comedy clips have been added.

OK--there was no way this could be as good as Part 1. Most of the good material had been used there already. Also Astaire and Kelly were given some dreadful new lyrics to classic songs to sing and their introductions to segments were just terrible. It was NOT a good idea to have them dancing either. And I could have lived without the travelogue of Paris. Still, there's plenty of incredible material here.

Among the highlights: Wonderful opening credits (done by Saul Bass); Eleanor Powell tap-dancing; Greta Grabo dancing (!!); Robert Taylor singing (!!!); the Marx Brothers stateroom sequence from "A Night at the Opera" (unfortunately edited); From This Moments On from "Kiss Me Kate"; early Bing Crosby; Abbott & Costello; Tales from the Vienna Woods (which is actually pretty funny); Judy Garland singing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"; clips of dramatic and comedic stars; the I'll Build A Stairway to Paradise number; Bobby Van from "Small Town Girl"; etc etc.

The clips are put together without rhyme or reason--but that helps. You never know what's coming next. Worth catching but try to see the first one too.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of only two films in which Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly danced together. The other was Ziegfeld Follies (1945).


Quotes

Gene Kelly: Anything that happens in life, Can happen on the screen, Fantasies appear, colorful and queer. Watch me! You'll see just what I mean...


Goofs

During the clip from Kiss Me Kate (1953), Gene Kelly identifies the choreographer as Hermes Pan. But the clip shown, "From This Moment On", was actually choreographed by Bob Fosse, one of the dancers.


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

Inka, Dinka Doo
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by
Jimmy Durante
Lyrics by Ben Ryan
Performed by Jimmy Durante
from the movie Hollywood Party (1934)

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Documentary | Family | Musical

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