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Easter Parade [Blu-ray] [1948]

SKU:20790621
Release Date:02/19/2013
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 7)

    Special Features


    • Commentary by Ava Astaire McKenzie and John Fricke
    • Easter Parade: on the avenue
    • American masters - Judy Garland: by myself
    • Mr. Monotony outtake
    • Mr. Monotony dailies
    • Radio promo (audio only)
    • 3/11/1951 Screen Guild theater broadcast (audio only)
    • Theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    Easter Parade
    Fred Astaire had announced his retirement before the cameras began to roll on Easter Parade, but he decided to accept the film's leading role when its original star Gene Kelly became incapacitated. The thinnish plot, which finds Astaire trying to turn chorus girl Judy Garland into a star in order to show up his former partner Ann Miller, is hardly what keeps the audience's eyes riveted to the screen. All that truly matters are the 17 musical numbers, all written by Irving Berlin (ten were standards, while seven were new to this film). Among the many highlights are Astaire's slow-motion version of "Steppin' Out," the Astaire/Garland duet "We're a Couple of Swells," the opening rendition of "Happy Easter," and the closing performance of the title number. So successful was Easter Parade that plans were immediately drawn to reteam Fred Astaire and Judy Garland in The Barkeleys of Broadway; this time, however, it was Garland who withdrew, to be replaced by Astaire's most famous vis-à-vis, Ginger Rogers. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Judy Garland
      Judy Garland - Hannah Brown
    • Fred Astaire
      Fred Astaire - Don Hewes
    • Peter Lawford
      Peter Lawford - Jonathan Harrow III
    • Ann Miller
      Ann Miller - Nadine Hale
    • Jules Munshin
      Jules Munshin - Francois, Headwaiter




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