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Easter Parade
Romance, Musical
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Charles Walters
Richard Beavers as Singer ("The Girl on the Magazine Cover")
Peter Lawford as Jonathan Harrow III
Clinton Sundberg as Mike the Bartender
Fred Astaire as Don Hewes
Ann Miller as Nadine Hale
Judy Garland as Hannah Brown
Storyline: Don Hewes and Nadine Hale are a dancing team, but she decides to start a career on her own. So he takes the next dancer he meets, Hannah Brown, as a new partner. After a while this new team is so successful, that Florence Ziegfeld is interested in them, but due to the fact, that Nadine Hale dances also in the Ziegfeld Follies Don says no. Inspite of the fact, that he is in love with Hannah, he keeps the relation to her strictly business. So Hannah is of the opinion, that he is still in love with Nadine, and her suspicion grows, when he dances with Nadine in a Night ClubFloor Show.
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One of the Best MGM Musicals from the 1940's
I just saw "Easter Parade" on the big screen for the first time, earlier this evening, and have to say that it's definitely one of the best musicals ever produced by the Arthur Freed Unit at MGM, especially out of the ones from the 1940's.

I really enjoyed the movie even though I've already seen it several times on video. It features all of the halmarks of a Freed production including an amazing cast with Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, and Ann Miller, lush technicolor photography, incredible dancing, and a great score that features over 16 songs by Irving Berlin. It actually had a pretty good story too, rather just a bunch of songs with a plot that basically exists to get from one song to the next, like in some lesser musicals.

The story is about a famous dancer, played by Fred Astaire, who tries to build a new act with an inexperienced chorus girl whom he discovers (Garland), after his former partner (Miller) leaves him to pursue a solo career. Of course, the requisite romantic complications and personal and professional jealousies also figure into the mix.

Since all three principles play performers, there are plenty of opportunities for each of them to show off their singing and dancing in almost iconic numbers like "Steppin' Out with My Baby", "Shakin' the Blues Away", and "A Couple of Swells", which have all come to be heavily identified with Astaire, Miller, and Garland respectively throughout their careers.

I definitely enjoyed this film and think it's a must-see for anyone who enjoys musicals or are fans of Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, and Ann Miller. (Peter Lawford's in this one too, but I'm not a huge fan of his.) Too bad there's no DVD version.

Many good dance numbers.
I really enjoyed the many dance numbers. There are classic tap/soft shoe routines as well as some classic Fred Astaire doing "Fred Astaire". There are several duos as well as some solo and group numbers. The productions are entertaining and well executed. Vintage, Swing and Tap dancers should enjoy this movie a lot.
A classic example of those old 40's musicals
Don't you just love those old 40's musicals? Easter Parade is certainly one of the best, with Fred Astaire doing his amazing flashy but precise dancing, Judy Garland using her legendary voice to sing right from her heart into yours, and Ann Miller doing her own unique style of dancing and tapping while belting out great songs. And of course, everybody in the film uses any excuse to sing yet another song, usually dancing to it as well.

One of the special sequences has Fred Astaire dancing in slow motion while the rest of the cast dance at normal speed behind him! Sure, we can do that these days with computers, but remember this film was made in 1948!!

Of course there's the usual plot - Boy meets girl, they fall in love, have a misunderstanding, but get together again just in time for the big finishing number. That used to really get the audiences in, in those days, and they repeated that theme in every musical that ever was.

Any weak spots? Several of the film's routines seem a little amateurish by today's standards. For example, the waiter tossing his invisible salad just to do a bit of clowning seems a little contrived. Also, the film is supposedly set in 1912, so all the 1948 fashions and hairstyles are completely anachronistic - but what does that matter, after all, it's just an enjoyable romp.

I've given this film eight out of ten, but if I could just vote on Judy Garland's singing and Fred Astaire's dancing, I'd certainly give them ten out of ten. This is definitely a "must-see" film, just for those two incredible talents!
One of Judy Garland's less 'girlish' or unctuous performances...
In both comedies and dramas, Judy Garland always had a tendency to rely on her girlish indignation (audiences must have enjoyed watching her rigid-side thaw and soften under the tutelage of a persistent male). In Charles Walters' "Easter Parade", she's a bit more flexible than usual after initially getting her feathers ruffled by hoofer Fred Astaire, who needs a replacement for sassy Ann Miller after Miller moves onto Broadway. Pairing Garland with Astaire was an inspired idea, however the teaming never quite catches fire (the plot mechanisms surrounding them being far too trite). Impertinent Ann Miller easily steals the show, however Astaire's jazzy opening number is one of his best. Peter Lawford, that perennial hole in the screen, rounds out the romantic foursome, though it's almost impossible to care who ends up with who. ** from ****
Bad script, good tunes
It is the actors that make this movie what it is - a classic. Always the gentleman, Fred Astaire proves once again what a fabulous dancer he is. And the beautiful Judy Garland sings some wonderful Irving Berlin tunes.

Peter Lawford and Ann Miller are also great. But my favourite in this has to be Jules Munshin, in a small but hilarious part.

Although the script isn't up to speed the rest of it certainly is: great dancing by Fred Astaire and Ann Miller, and Judy Garland ownes the scenes she's in.

Astaire, Judy, Anne, Berlin, and Technicolor make for one of the most memorable musicals ever.
Probably the most remembered of the many films scored by Irving Berlin from the late '30s to the mid'50s, chocked full of singing and dancing, along with the usual romantic complications and, unlike some of the earlier ones, filmed in vibrant Technicolor. Dominated by the dancing, singing and acting of Fred Astaire, in probably his best all around film. He finally got to do a Berlin-scored extravaganza, without playing second fiddle to Bing Crosby(in "Holiday Inn" and "Blue Skies"). He has two top multitalented stars in Judy and Anne Miller to interact with in alternative scenes, as well as some excellent incognito singers and dancers. Judy and Anne also get to do some solo numbers. Directed by the relatively unknown Charles Walters, after deciding that another Vincent Minnelli-Judy combination(after "The Pirate") was not a good idea, given Judy's recent emotional problems.

The basic plot rather resembles that in the later "My Fair Lady" in that , like Rex Harrison's character, Astaire's character(Don) tries to make good his boast that he could make a silk purse out of a sow's ear: in Astaire's case, make a dancing talent the equal of Anne Miller's character(Nadine)out of a random brainless chorus girl(Judy, as Hannah), after Nadine left Don's act for a more lucrative contract as a solo. Despite being about 23 years older than both his female costars, and never having worked with either, Astaire had excellent performance chemistry with both. His character is rather lacking in romantic interest in them until the finale, despite some pronouncements to the contrary. Some reviewers are put off by the age differences, but I'm not, being 21 years older than my wife of 25 years. Peter Lawford serves as the suave, non-musical, pretty boy, romantic alternative for both Judy and Anne. Actually, Lawford had just starred in the musical "Good News" and would again play second fiddle to Astaire in the musical "Royal Wedding". But, he hated being required to sing and dance. As demonstrated in his "A Fella with an Umbrella", his singing voice was little better than Berlin's notoriously weak voice(check out "This is the Army"). The shifting romantic quadrangle is basically a repetition of that in the Berlin-scored "Holiday Inn", also costarring Astaire. In "Royal Wedding", Lawford finally ends up with the lead female(Jane Powell), who was 30 years Astaire's junior and cast as his sister! For the present film, I would have opted for the equally popular, but multitalented, Van Johnson in Lawford's place.

The title song was hardly a new composition. First sung on stage in 1933, it was sung a decade earlier in "Alexander's Ragtime Band", as well as by Bing Crosby in "Holiday Inn". According to a Wikipedia site, the songs were about equally divided between new and old. "I Want to Go back to Michigan": Judy's first solo, I well remember being sung by a group of inmates in the 1931 Laurel and Hardy "Pardon Us". "When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam", which provides a vigorous dance routine for Astaire and Judy, had been sung by Alice Faye, in "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and would later be redone as a dance routine in "There's No Business like show Business".

The well remembered musical comedy routine "A Couple of Swells", with Astaire and Judy in hobo outfits, was sort of the equivalent of the "Be a Clown" number Judy did with Kelly in the less popular "The Pirate", filmed earlier that year.

Anne Miller, who replaced the favored, but injured, Cyd Charisse, actually had to deal with a recent back injury, was in constant pain, although it didn't show, and sometimes had to wear a back brace during filming. Despite a film career as long as Judy's and obvious talent in acting, singing and comedy, as well as dancing, was always cast by MGM as either a dancing specialist or second lead: 'the other woman' as well as dancer in the present film. Here, she is cast as significantly older than Judy, although they were about the same age. Given her talent and looks, she was certainty under-appreciated by Hollywood. She would find more happiness in her subsequent stage career. But,like Judy, her several marriages were ultimately all flops. She claimed her soul was once in the person of ancient Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut, who dominated the child pharaoh, suggesting a competitive or combative personality the reason for her man troubles(as suggested by her character in this film!).

Although Astaire's and Judy's characters eventually become a successful song and dance team, Anne's character takes great pleasure in demonstrating that she is still clearly the superior dancing talent to Judy's character, thus disproving Astaire's boast, and causing audiences to hate her(I think she even received death threats!). This almost causes the breakup of the nascent Astaire-Judy romance, but Astaire manages to convince Judy that she is the more lovable person, if not quite the dancing talent of Anne.

Jules Munshin makes his film debut as an entertaining waiter. He would be paired with Anne Miller, as one of the 3 ad hoc couples for a day, in the megahit musical of the following year: "On the Town", where, together with Anne Miller, they are the stars of the memorable 'prehistoric man' man scene.

I can understand that some reviewers don't connect well with Astaire's looks, age and sometimes rather stiff song delivery style, and with Judy's standard periodic bouts of jealousy, depression and crying. But, these are minor faults in the overall film. I give it 20 out of 10, along with "Holiday Inn".
Much better follow-up than "The Pirate"
After making the disgraceful musical "The Pirate," also in 1948, Garland followed-up without director-husband Vincente Minnelli in this classic musical. It is a rather simple, but also corny story with Astaire being dumped by dance partner (Miller), so he finds and falls in love with new one played by Garland, and the two become a hit. All this is set in New York City 1912. The cornball plot is somehow pushed aside by the art decoration, cinematography & three classic numbers: "Shakin' The Blues Away," "Couple of Swells," and of course, "Easter Parade" along with others. Deserves 3 1/2 stars.
"Oh look, it's the Easter Parade!"
Yes, this movie, arguably one of Garland's best at M-G-M, is certainly something to look at. Cute story, excellent cast, gorgeous costumes (Ann's breathtaking white and red gown from the Magazine Cover number and Judy's marvelous emerald-coloured dress at the Ziegfeld Follies after opening night), and have I mentiond the SWELL songs? Drum Crazy is awfully entertaining, Shakin' the Blues Away is classic Miller (in other words fast and superb), Better Luck Next Time is heartbreaking, and so many others are just plain GOOD. A must see for any fans of Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Ann Miller, Peter Lawford, Jules Munshin (in a funny bit as a waiter), or just great fun.
Astaire, Garland, Berlin--and Movie Musical Magic
Originally intended as a re-teaming of Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, EASTER PARADE ran into trouble when Garland's doctors advised against her working under the direction of her husband, director Vincent Minnelli--and no sooner did director Charles Walters take the helm than Gene Kelly broke his leg. Out of such confusion are movie musical miracles born: although a bit old to act as Garland's leading man, Fred Astaire was coaxed out of retirement. He and Garland had tremendous chemistry, EASTER PARADE was a box office smash, and Astaire unexpectedly found himself reborn as an MGM star.

Set in 1900s New York, the film's story line is flimsy but enjoyable. After long-time dance partner Ann Miller abandons the act, Astaire hires chorus girl Garland and attempts to recast her in his former partner's mold--a situation which offers Astaire and Garland considerable comedy and gives Astaire the chance to parody several of his own famous dance of the 1930s. Garland eventually convinces Astaire that she needs to be herself, and once the act is revamped they become a hot ticket--and, once their several romantic complications are resolved, romantic partners as well.

Astaire is every bit as charming here as he was in his Ginger Roger days, and his choreography retains his signature sharpness, wit, and elegance. Although Garland isn't really a dancer, she holds her own with Astaire and she tears strips off a brilliant score of Irving Berlin favorites. Both are well supported by Anne Miller, who gives a brilliant turn with 'Shakin' the Blues Away,' and Peter Lawford, who is quite charming as one of Garland's admirers. Although this really isn't as inspired as the truly great MGM musicals of the late 1940s, director Walters keeps it going at a smart pace, and the star power, clever script, memorable score, and those legendary MGM production values elevate it well above the pack. Musical fans will be in for a treat! Recommended.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer
Bright and shiny and feel-goody
A much loved musical, and it is certainly very bright and shiny and feel-goody. Still, I have a few problems with it. First, Fred Astaire is too old for his role. Second, I am unconvinced by the arrangement of the title song, in particular the chorus. It is a beautiful song, but somehow the arrangement make it sound rather metallic.
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