31 December 2008 | Doylenf
Promotional short for "That's Entertainment" has some good clips...
MGM captures the essence of the MGM musical with this short subject which is really a tribute to their forthcoming release of THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT.
Stars of MGM musicals talk briefly about their participation in these extraordinary films--talents like Bing Crosby, James Stewart, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald O'Connor, Mickey Rooney, Debbie Reynolds, Eleanor Powell, Clark Gable, Esther Williams--all shown in various musical moments.
What really stands out as a surprise is Clark Gable doing "Putting on the Ritz" from "Idiot's Delight." He doesn't look too comfortable, especially when contrasted with all the real MGM dancing talent.
Clips from HIT THE DECK, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, AN AMERICAIN Paris, SHOW BOAT, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS and BAND WAGON give the viewer a good idea of how elaborate and beautifully staged all these musicals were with some of the best talent before and behind the camera.