Easter Parade

Easter Parade

Charles Walters (1948)

98min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Originally intended as a re-teaming of Judy Garland and Gene Kelly under Vincente Minnelli's direction after The Pirate, this turned out to be one of MGM's great seasonal delights. Producer Arthur Freed coaxed Fred Astaire out of retirement when Kelly broke his ankle and entrusted the direction to the brilliant craftsman Charles Walters, and the result was simply wonderful. Aided by terrific Irving Berlin songs and radiant Technicolor design - all browns and greens - Astaire, Garland and Walters made an all-time classic, with Fred and Judy particularly outstanding in the perennial favourite A Couple of Swells. The screenplay is witty, co-star Ann Miller dances up a storm, and this is the one opportunity to enjoy the talents of Astaire and Garland on screen together. Don't miss.

Summary

A dancer abandoned by his usual partner trains a chorus girl as a replacement. The new pairing is a great success but, although he strives to keep their relationship strictly professional, he begins to fall head over heels in love with her. Musical, with Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Peter Lawford and Ann Miller. Songs include A Couple of Swells, Stepping Out with My Baby and Shaking the Blues Away.

Cast & Crew

Hannah Brown Judy Garland
Don Hewes Fred Astaire
Jonathan Harrow III Peter Lawford
Nadine Hale Ann Miller
François Jules Munshin
Mike, the bartender Clinton Sundberg
Essie Jeni LeGon
Director Charles Walters
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerAvailable on: video and DVD
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