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"THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT!" TRILOGY on 12/31/08


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This triology is definitely worth buying for your DVD library. I watch mine about once a month. But I wish we had the other studios offering us an identical collection of memorable musical numbers. 20th Century Fox turned out some fantastic musicals, usually starring that blonde legend, Betty Grable, especially one of the best musicals ever made: MOON OVER MIAMI. Universal had its resident song bird, Deanna Durbin, and there's an excellent collection of her musicals available, called THE SWEETHEART PAC. But Universal also turned out many more musicals that are rarely, if ever shown. Some of the early talkie musicals have vanished forever, although I did manage to tape years ago, SUNNY SIDE UP, a 1929 delight starring Jaynet Gaynor and Charles Farrell.

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They were excellent , but I would like to see some 20th century fox musicals and some from Paramount included.

 

During their initial theatrical exhibition, the That's Entertainment! films were made and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer to highlight MGM musicals. Thus they were not at liberty to include movies from other studios, nor did they have any incentive to do so.

 

It is unfortunate that other studios which had produced musicals during the Golden Age didn't make similar documentaries with their musicals and with interviews of their stars when they were mostly still alive.

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Love all three movies and do own the the DVD set- its a great way to experience the best numbers from the MGM musicals. Yes its too bad that other studios like Fox did not do a similar film to celebrate their legacy- but Fox did produced a "That's Entertainment" type tv show.

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All three "That's Entertainment!" movies were made for theatrical release. In fact, the original That's Entertainment! was MGM's highest grossing movie of that year, proving that when it came to old time glamour - the stars did indeed continue to shine.

 

Afterwards there was a huge gala to celebrate the film's premiere. It brought out such legends as Fred and Ginger, Jimmy Durante and Lassie.

 

Initially, Jack Haley Jr. had intended That's Entertainment! to be an extension of his "Hollywood: The Dream Factory" television series and to showcase clips from musicals from all of the studios.

 

However, it became a problem early on to secure the rights to showcase clips from other studios. Fox balked and asked too high a price to allow clips of Betty Grable and Carmen Miranda to appear. Paramount was equally snobbish about loaning snippets of Bing Crosby.

 

Hence, Haley simply decided to stick with the MGM catalogue which he had already been granted permission to use at free will by the powers that be.

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Much to the delight of *That's Entertainment!* fans everywhere, TCM will present all 3 movies (as well as *That's Dancing!*, which isn't limited to MGM productions) for its prime-time lineup on New Year's Eve, starting at 8pm ET:

 

*That's Entertainment!* (1974)

An all-star cast, including Fred Astaire and Frank Sinatra, introduces clips from MGM's greatest musicals.

C-135 mins, TV-G

 

*Short Film: From The Vaults: World Famous Musical Hits* (2000)

A short promotional reel showcasing six MGM musicals: "Three Little Words," "Because You're Mine," "Till The Clouds Roll By," "The Band Wagon," "Words and Music," and "Singing In The Rain."

C-9 mins

 

*That's Entertainment! II* (1976)

Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly dance together again for the first time in more than 30 years as they introduce classic musical numbers and comedy bits.

C-129 mins, TV-G

 

*That's Entertainment! III* (1994)

Classic musical numbers and rare behind-the-scenes footage show how MGM created the screen's greatest musicals. Featuring clips with Gene Kelly, Lena Horne and Debbie Reynolds.

C-120 mins, TV-G

 

*That's Dancing!* (1985)

Gene Kelly, Liza Minnelli and Mikhail Baryshnikov host this compilation of some of the greatest dance numbers in movie history.

BW-104 mins, TV-G

 

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joefilmone wrote: Yes its too bad that other studios like Fox did not do a similar film to celebrate their legacy- but Fox did produced a "That's Entertainment" type tv show

 

ABC's Wide World of Entertainment, which was a great late-night anthology of talk shows and comedy and music specials, produced the terrific show called, *Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals*.

 

I've always been a fan of *That's Entertainment*, parts 1 and 3, but the second one and *That's Dancing* are total bores, imo. And, as I recall, none of them includes my favorite number from any MGM musical:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nli2aYiQkrw

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I think the cut-off for *That's Entertainment* being in the 1950's reflects the release date and the desire to focus on the nostalgic aspect of the films. *TE* came out in 1974, *Gigi* in 1958 --- that's only 16 years earlier.

 

Reflected against today's dates, this would mean a current "nostalgic" compilation would include movies as recent as 1993, which would include movies like *My Cousin Vinny, Scent of a Woman* and *Unforgiven* --- movies that don't feel like they're that old.

 

I was 11 when I saw *That's Entertainment* for the first time. I loved old movies on TV (and had seen many of those included), but seeing the musical numbers on screen was amazing.

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that was a fantastic trilogy i would like i played again on tv how can i request that to be shown again? my daughter and granddaughter watched it too until 3 am it was so interesting. my grandaughter 14 want to record it for her class at school . send a time to my e mail at rita5226@yahoo.com rita

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