Easter Parade

 
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Don Hewes (Fred Astaire) is devastated when his longtime dancing partner, Nadine Hale (Ann Miller), breaks up the team to set out on her own. Determined to prove that he can succeed without her, Astaire vows that he can pick any random chorus girl and make her a star. Fortunately for him, the chorus girl he picks happens to be one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century, Judy Garland (playing Hannah Brown). Easter Parade turned out to be the first and only collaboration between the two screen legends. Garland made the 1948 film despite ongoing health problems then had to pull out of a planned follow-up, The Barkleys of Broadway (Ginger Rogers replaced her); Astaire had retired following Blue Skies in 1946 but was brought in for this film as an emergency replacement after Gene Kelly broke his ankle playing touch football. Fortunately, Easter Parade always feels like an Astaire film rather than a Kelly film, from its Pygmalion-esque plot (which helps explain the principals' 23-year age disparity) to its score of Irving Berlin standards (some new, some recycled from earlier films). The film capitalizes on the strengths of both stars, Astaire in dance solos, including "Drum Crazy" and "Steppin' Out with My Baby" (MGM's take on Astaire's earlier, persona-defining "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails"), and Garland in vocal solos, including the torchy "Better Luck Next Time." The stars especially shine, however, when they perform together in their vaudeville numbers, most notably the persona-defying hobo routine "We're a Couple of Swells." Watch this classic every Easter. --David Horiuchi

Customer Reviews:

  • I love this movie!
    I am a Judy Garland and Fred Astaire fan. The first time I saw this film was on Easter sunday on TCM. I only saw the last half I was not too impressed. I have to admit I bought the movie only for Garland. When I got home my whole family gathered round the TV to watch it. I was amazed. The musical numbers are all superb, Irving Berlin's score is perfect, Ann Miller and Peter Lawford are equally super, Garland (like usual) is vocally and comically outstanding, and Astaire's dancing is as good as ever! I think Astaire is a better mach for Garland than Mickey Rooney (sorry Mickey) and Garland is even more suitable for Astaire than Ginger Rogers! Even my dad who claims to hate musicals fell in love with this charmer. I've seen it at least 5 times and it has never bored me. I was lucky enough to buy the MGM version; not the one patterned with Warner Bros. I mean MGM made the movie give them alittle credit! Any way this movie will entertain everyone I highly recomend it!...more info
  • One-of-a-kind musical! This is one of the best...
    Fred Astaire, for me, is the epitomy of class, style and grace. His dancing was and remains to be like none ever recorded on film. The man didn't walk on earth, he floated. It was as though his feet took flight, and he defied and danced above gravity. This film truly showcases that talent, as well as the talent of his wonderful supporting cast in Ann Miller, Judy Garland and Peter Lawford.

    Fred's character is happy in his partnership with his current dance partner, Nadine (Ann Miller), when she dumps him and he must find someone new to replace her. He scouts out a dance hall and spots Hannah (Judy Garland), a younger, less polished dancer who has a lot of spunk, none the less. Under his tutelage, he helps her blossom into a fine and graceful dancer. As she becomes more and more drawn to him, she also encounters a handsome man during a rainstorm (Peter Lawford), who is drawn to Hannah instantly. They sing the lovely "A Fella With an Umbrella" together, as she makes her way through the streets while he helps to keep her dry.

    There are so many wonderful scenes. The comedic scenes are very witty! Also, the dance numbers crackle with fire and life. "Shakin' the Blues Away" with Ann Miller, is sensational. I still don't know to this day how that woman ever tapped her feet so quickly and with such razor-sharp accuracy! The title number with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland is both touching and genuine. I could tell they had a lot of fun making this film. It is a little known fact that Gene Kelly was originally cast in Fred Astaire's role. It was when Gene broke his foot following a recreational volleyball game in his backyard that fate had other plans. "Easter Parade" was actually Fred Astaire's come-back film. I am so glad it was because I couldn't imagine anyone else for the part!...more info
  • Easter Parade
    Wonderful DVD. Given as a gift. Packaged well and shipped promptly....more info
  • I Loved This Movie!
    Easter Parade is a wonderful movie, I first saw it last Easter on TCM and I really enjoyed watching this delightful musical and I think the whole cast is superb! Not only are Judy Garland Fred Astaire topnotch but so is Ann Miller who really was an amazing dancer and quite a good actress too and I was also impressed with a very young and handsome Peter Lawford who I think is very underrated and very underappreciated! This is an absolutely charming movie and I'm so happy that it has finally been put on DVD and I very highly recommend it!...more info
  • Musical
    A fantastic musical. A sure-fine collectable that they couldn't ever make a remake of. This has many classic songs I once sung in choir; unforgettables such as "Stepping Out with My Baby" and more. The plot is one about a dancer who just lost his partner to another. He decides to show her how he really did turn her into a star by taking any girl--and doing just that. He picks Judy Garland, a nightclub singer, and turns her into a dancer, sure enough. She falls in love with him, but he still wants to get his old partner back. In the end, though, he realizes how in love he is with her and takes her out for the "Easter parade," singing the title song. You should see it if you love Judy's singing and Fred Astair's wonderful 5 star tap dancing! Enjoy!...more info
  • The Old Pygmalion Story--Again!
    I love Fred and Judy as much as anyone, but this is really worth watching primarily for the stars and their numbers. The songs and performances are great, but the script lets them down--not particularly witty or original. It's the old Pygmalion story (again!), and most of the humor is leaden. For a musical-comedy, there's not much comedy. You can tell that the script was written primarily as a vehicle to use as many Berlin songs as possible. Perhaps the best number was deleted from the final film--Judy's stunning "Mr. Monotany." It's available on "That's Entertainment III (and maybe on the bonus disc here?). ...more info
  • Visual Poetry in Slow Motion !!!
    Words are not able to fully describe what your eyes will see.
    Can never, ever, be remade even with an unlimited budget.
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  • One the best movies ever
    Easter Parade is story about a two famous dancers who at the height of their career split. Don Hewes (Fred Astaire)sets out to find a new girl to dance with, boosting he can make any one as famous and as good as his last partner Nadine (Ann Miller). At a bar he finds Hannah Brown (Judy Garland) dancing on a stage and decides that she is the one. Hewes tells Hannah that she be the one that every photographer will be wanting take a picture of one year to the day at the Easter Parade.Initially Hewes tries to make Hannah just like Nadine and realizes that it will not work. After adjusting their routine they become a smash hit. All the while falling in love with one another. Famous, happy and in love they walk in the Easter Parade and all the photographer are taking their picture. The sumpelmental features add even more to the story. For example, the commentary that can be played during the movie tells that Gene Kelly was originally casted to play the part of Hewes and he was to mean. It provides you with great trivia. This movie is a must have, the whole family will love it!...more info
  • One of the best musicals !!! ( I dun giv it 5 stars just out of perfectionism, hehe)
    I have to say that any musical with Judy is just wonderful to watch... With her, there's always good acting, funny and touchig, and the wonferful singing of course... And then you add to that Great dancing from someone like Fred Astaire, and you just can't ask for more!!!!
    It's a shame they only had time to make this only one movie together...
    I advice to anyone who loves Judy to also see all 3 movies she did with Gene Kelly... Together with Easter Parade, For me & my gal, The Pirate (duno y it din do well back then, its one of my favorites), and Summer Stock, are just pure joy to watch...
    One last comment... WHY THE HELL DID THEY DECIDE TO DELETE JUDY'S NUMBER MR.MONOTONY ????????????????????????!!!!!!!! (it's one of her best numbers, together with Get Happy, or For me and my gal, or Mack the Black....)...more info
  • Cute movie that features a young Pre Rat Pack Peter Lawford.
    A cute movie with excellent song and dance numbers with Judy Garland and Fred Astaire and also some good song and dance routines from Ann Miller and I liked Peter Lawford, yes he was good looking but he was also a good actor and I just really liked his portrayal of Judy's other suitor and I recommend this movie to any fan of musicals, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford and Ann Miller....more info
  • Wonderful Movie!!!
    This movie, is actually my favorite Judy Garland movie. I usually don't like her too much, but her acting in this movie is so funny! Fred Astair did such a beautiful performance with Ann Miller in the dance number, *It Only Happens When I Dance With You*. And of course Fred and Ann did a super job on their dance numbers, but this is not my favorite Ann Miller movie, she was wonderful though. And all the songs in this movie are great and there were plenty of laughs! I'm sure, you'll want to watch it over again! AND PLEASE DO SEE IT, IT'S WONDERFUL!!!!!...more info
  • Easter Parade is Now On DVD!
    I'm fans of Peter Lawford, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire and Ann Miller and I think Easter Parade is a wonderful movie! The dancing and singing in this movie are great and they have finally this year put this delightful movie on DVD! ...more info
  • I Love a Piano and This Movie
    For some reason, the plot of EASTER PARADE sounds like the plots of countless other Judy Garland musicals: plain girl with a plain name and a brilliant voice shows up glamorous, snooty star and becomes a star in her own right - not by imitating snooty star, but by flaunting her own unique personality and talent; along the way she is helped by a man who, though arrogant, believes in her talent and soon falls in love with her. But if the plot of EASTER PARADE is hackneyed, the movie itself is inventive, visually appealing, and joyous, with its exuberant Irving Berlin score, sumptuous 1912 settings, and charismatic cast. Playing opposite Garland is the ever-elegant Fred Astaire, a dancer who even in a tramp getup moves with perfect grace in the comic number "A Couple of Swells" and whose "Drum Crazy" ranks with "Shoes with Wings On" (THE BARKLEYS OF BROADWAY) and the "ceiling" number in ROYAL WEDDING as one of his most imaginatively conceived and choreographed dance numbers ever. The role of Don Hews suits Astaire's slightly aloof screen persona perfectly. Peter Lawford as Don's friend, also in love with Garland, is good-hearted and debonair enough to make up for his cautious singing of the delightful "A Fella with an Umbrella." Ann Miller as Nadine, Don's former dancing partner who dumps him for Broadway, is a beautiful woman and an exciting dancer; no one taps like she does in "Shakin' the Blues Away," unless it's Astaire himself in "Steppin' Out with My Baby." Garland as "just plain Hannah Brown" is in good voice throughout, though I've always found her harsh and unsettled sounding in "Better Luck Next Time." (Other singers, including Perry Como, have done finer renditions of this song.) No other actress plays comic-pathetic scenes or puts over upbeat numbers better than she does. Her most shining moment is "I Love a Piano," in which she shows Don she is really a vaudevillian, not a ballroom dancer. As colorful and charming as Easter itself, this musical is deservedly one of MGM's most beloved. ...more info
  • An emblematic cast!

    Taking into account you are going to see 17 Irving Berlin's tunes, plus the first-rate cast Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, you may even forget the plot.

    An unforgettable musical.
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  • never too old
    A wonderful movie for the YOUNG and old!...more info
  • I Love This Movie!!!!!!!!
    Some movies (especially movies from today) are really to me just a waste of time and money. People just don't seem to care about what people see on the screen anymore. And that is one of the reasons I LOVE old movies! Because you can always, almost, well, you can really never go wrong!! And Easter Parade is one of those movies to just treasure. To save for your children and grandchildren. So they can's appreciate the past, and know that there once was a time when people cared about the things they put on that larger than life screen.

    Easter Parade begins with the ballroom dancer, Don Hews (Fred Astaire). Who is in love with his goregeous partner (Ann Miller) Oh, what a star!
    Those two are a great team that audiences love. But when Nadene, (Miller) becomes hungry for renown, she dumps him for the Zigfield Follies, and Don's best friend, the handsome Johnny Harlow (Peter Lawford).

    Angry Don sets off to prove to Nadene that he can dance with anybody and he doesn't need her! So he finds the chorus girl working at a bar, the Lovely Hannah Brown (Judy Garland). Wonderful songs that put a smile on your face. And clever lines that will make you laugh! Easter Parade has it all!! And as Don Hews realizes he's fallen hoplelessly in love with Hannah. And he proves to the narrow minded, jealous, Nadene, he DOESN'T need her, and he CAN dance with anybody.

    Clinton Sundberg plays the bar tender where Hannah used to work. And thinks he knows everything. Lines like:
    Astaire: I bet you know alot about women.
    Sundberg: I should, been single all my life.

    Wonderful songs like: Easter Parade, Love the Piano, A Fella With a Umbrella, Michigan, shakin the Blues away, and more!

    Ann also does a jaw droppin performance of Shakin your Blues Away. Wonderful!!! This movie is all smiles!! And let me tell you something, this movie DEFINETLEY cannot miss! I'm only practically 14, but my opinion is very decided, I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!

    PLEASE DO ME A FAVOR: SEE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Buy it now!!!
    fabulas, I have it on vhs and tave watched so many time that it broke twice! if it were any better it would be terrible. Also note how Fred has barly any expression but judy shows all her vaunerability in the role, and SHE makes you believe what shes saying. If she doesnt mean it then she truly is the best actress i have every seen(I already do).
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  • The Best Movie Ever!
    I absolutly LOVE this movie! I watched it daily for about 2 weeks straight and still love it. I love the chemistry between Garland and Astaire, the upbeat songs and dance numbers. It had me humming the tunes all day especially "Steppin Out with my Baby" and "Easter Parade". Maybe it was because it was the first movie I had seen with Fred Astaire, but I think that this is my all time favorite movie with him in it, and I absolutly love Judy Garland. A magnificent team and it shows in the quality of the film. It is a must see for people of all ages and not just at Easter Time!...more info
  • Easter Parade is the Easter Serenade!!
    This motion picture, full of laughter, hapiness and wonderful music stars Judy Garland & Fred Astaire in their only film together. Judy plays Hannah Brown, a struggling "cabaret-ish" performer who is discovered by Don Hewes (Fred Astaire). As the minutes of this movie run you find romancetaking its roll and the wonderful music that accompanies this matsterpiece of Metro Goldwyn Mayer. This movie is one of the greatest musicals with no one better than Miss Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. Film Fact: Gene Kelly was to play opposite of Judy, but due to a broken leg suggested that they give the role of don Hewes to his good collegue Fred Astaire. Fred Astaire was in retirement at the time, but came out to work with Judy. All in all this film glorifies every aspect of the musical motion picture. I give you Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Ann Miller, and Peter Lawford in Glorious Technicolor, Easter Parade 1948. Enjoy!!!...more info
  • Astaire. Garland, Miller -- and Berlin
    TNT showed this tonight, along with Bells Are Ringing, Brigadoon, and the much-vaunted The Band Wagon.

    Band Wagon seems to be a critics' favorite; but, quite frankly, I preferred Easter Parade. No plot? Well, maybe, but this is a musical, for Pete's sake (You want "no plot," try Brigadoon). Some great Irving Berlin songs, as mentioned elsewhere here, nice choreography, and the only film Astaire and Garland made together.

    Of all of the three pictures, Easter Parade is the one I'm most likely to buy.

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  • Easter Parade 1948 ( two -disc Special Edition )
    One of M-G-Ms Brightest , Cheeriest Musical . Astair and Garland are most engaging screen couple . The Uplifting Irving Berlin score is first-rate and used to Perfection .Strolling along 5th Avenue in turn of the century or going on the bum as "a couple of swells" , Judy Garland (1922-1969) and Fred Astaire (1899-1987) lead a Parade of Music 17 (Irving Berlin 1888-1988) tunes and an Academy Award-winning adaption score arranged by Johnny Green (1908-1989) and Roger Edens (1905-1970) and gotta dance-fun (including drum drum crazy ) in this neverending delifgt co-starring Ann Miller (1923-2004) performing a knock out: Shaking the blues Away and Peter Lawford (1923-1984) gamely crooning: The fella with the umbrella with Garland . Dont let this Colorful EASTER PARADE pass you ! . All new digital transfer from restored picturre and Audio elements . Super Tehnicolor And Super Sound . Highly recommended ...more info
  • Easter Parade
    I love Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. The singing and dancing is wonderful. I orriginally bought it because my Grandson figure skated to Steppin out with my baby in a show....more info
  • ONE OF MGM's BEST!
    I absolutely love "Irving Berlin's Easter Parade". This 1948 release has everything you could want in a musical: memorable songs by Irving Berlin, fabulous and innovative dancing by Fred Astaire and Ann Miller, sensational singing and acting by the legendary Judy Garland, a wonderful story by Sidney Sheldon (yes, THAT one), glorious art direction and sets by Cedric Gibbons, and the list could go on and on. This film is truly one of the best ever cranked out by the prolific Arthur Freed Unit at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. "Irving Berlin's Easter Parade" certainly measures up to the MGM production motto: "Do it BIG, do it RIGHT and give it CLASS."...more info
  • It doesn't get much better than this!
    Irving Berlin's "Easter Parade," starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire is about as good as vintage Hollywood musicals get. Produced in 1948 by M-G-M's top musical producer, Arthur Freed, "Easter Parade" is a tuneful romp that features stellar performances by its stars, and a top-flight Irving Berlin score. Musical standards include "A Couple Of Swells," "Steppin' Out With My Baby," "Shakin' The Blues Away," and the title song. This film is currently available on DVD - but only on a pricey 3-DVD set paying deserving tribute to Judy Garland. The film co-stars Anne Miller and Peter Lawford in appropriately .... charming (respectively) support. Its plot is simple: Astaire is a Broadway hoofer whose partner (Miller) has left him for a spot in The Ziegfeld Follies. Garland is the singer (no great dancer is she, at the start) who is summarily hired by Astaire as Miller's replacement. A love triangle (and much musical-comedy bliss) ensues, and great fun is to be had by anyone watching this great vintage movie musical. Astaire is marvelous here, and Judy (if you loved her as the teenaged Dorothy in "The Wizard Of Oz," and who didn't?) is sublime as always. Buy it, rent it, steal it if you have to. "Easter Parade" is not to be missed....more info
  • One of the greatest musicals ever made
    If I could design my own musical, it would come out looking and sounding a lot like Easter Parade. After all, my perfect musical would absolutely have to star Judy Garland, I would want the two best dancers of the world in it - Fred Astaire and Ann Miller, Irving Berlin would supply all of the music, I would pack as much singing and dancing as possible into it, and there would have to be a significant degree of comedy alongside a wonderful romantic plot. I would not, however, include Peter Lawford in my cast, although Lawford isn't too terribly irritating in Easter Parade (and even seems to stay sober throughout the whole film). Gene Kelly was supposed to star opposite Judy Garland here, but an injury prevented him from making the movie. I do not mean to slight Gene Kelly at all, but I just can't imagine anyone other than Fred Astaire, who came out of retirement to take Kelly's place, in the role of Don Hewes. There are only a handful of stars talented enough to share the spotlight equally with Judy Garland, and Astaire is definitely in that select group. His presence is felt immediately, as he sings, dances, and drums his way through the opening scenes, and never fades throughout the entire 104 minutes of the film.

    Hewes is in love with his dance partner Nadine Hale (Ann Miller), so he is distraught when she tells him that she has signed a contract to star in her own show. Hewes seeks comfort at a local club, where he drowns his sorrows and swears that he can take any young lady and turn her into a magnificent dancer, even someone like Hannah Brown (Judy Garland), one of the club's chorus girls. The following morning, he regrets asking Hannah to be his new partner, but when she shows up saying she quit her job to accept his offer, he has little choice but to fulfill his promise to her. Things don't go smoothly at first, as Hannah sometimes struggles to remember her left from her right, and Hewes tries to make a ballroom dancer out of her. Eventually, he figures out that he is trying to turn Hannah into another Nadine, and once he lets Hannah be Hannah the duo quickly becomes quite successful. Hannah, of course, falls in love with Hewes, and she is greatly troubled when Hannah & Hewes cross paths with the celebrated Nadine Hale. When Hannah learns that Nadine was Hewes' former partner as well as a woman he loved, she fears for her happiness as well as her career. Hewes did indeed start out hoping he could use Hannah to make Nadine jealous and thus win her back, but Hannah becomes more than his partner as the months go by. This romance doesn't come easy for either party, for a number of reasons, but their story is really quite wonderful.

    Easter Parade is a joyous and uplifting film that showcases Garland's incredible acting ability and talent. The story is great, but the songs and dances are the most memorable aspects of the film. Astaire makes everything look easy, and the man can do more with a cane than I would ever have thought possible. Aside from his numerous routines with Garland, Astaire knocks the viewer dead with his solo "Steppin' Out With My Baby" number - famous for its "slow motion" dance which is still mighty cool no matter how unreal it looks in this day and age. Judy Garland is delightful through and through and lends her voice to many a beautiful song over the course of the film. She was not born to be a dancer, but she more than holds her own beside Fred Astaire, and one can only admire the level of commitment she brought with her to this film. "A Couple of Swells" is a particularly unforgettable number featuring the tandem of Astaire and Garland. Lest we forget Ann Miller, I have to say her two big dance numbers are amazing, especially the highly energetic "Shakin' the Blues Away." I wish I could describe all of the amazing performances in this movie, but I would need much more time and space to do so.

    Easter Parade is, quite simply, one of the most impressive and entertaining movie musicals ever made. Garland and Astaire are magical in this, the only movie they made together, and the age difference between the two stars completely disappears when they are together, thus making the romantic aspect of this film work very well indeed. I've seen Easter Parade a number of times, and I think my level of enjoyment actually increases with each and every viewing....more info

  • Astaire siempre pone a lucir a su pareja
    Aunque se discute cual de las dos es la mejor pelicula musical, "Singin in the Rin" o "An American in Paris" para el tercer y cuarto lugar compiten Easter Parde y the Band Wagoon, ambas con Fred Astaire. En lo personal prefiero para el tercer lugar Easter Parade ya que la combinaci¨®n con otra estrella Judy Garland le hacen mas atractiva. Garland aparece de primero en los creditos, lo que da testimonio de su calidad de superestrella para MGM en ese entonces. Astaire asume al papel, segun dicen, por la lesi¨®n en el tobillo de Gene Kelly el cual lo iba a interpretar en primera instancia. Pero creanme que yo dificulto que Kelly lo hubiese hecho mejor. La distinci¨®n de Astaire lo hacen mucho mas apropiado para el papel. La sesi¨®n con los tambores, mientras baila en los actos de vaudeville, y la m¨²sica de Irving Berlin, todo es muy bueno. Ann Miller se queda muy corta como compa?era de Astaire. Debe verla. ...more info
  • A delightful musical for the whole family.
    Other than Bing Crosby's Holiday Inn, this wonderful little offering is by far the most enjoyable of the Holiday musicals. My favorite routine in the movie is easily Astaire's and Garland's "a couple of Swells". I always look forward to that number no matter how many times I watch this musical. However, I often wonder how the dancing and singing sequences would have changed had Cyd Charisse and Gene Kelly not met with accidents prior to filming. Of course we will never know, but the movie as presented with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland is something not to be missed....more info
  • ASTAIRE & GARLAND - NUFF SAID!!
    I'm typing away on this Easter evening while simultaneously watching Easter Parade on the TCM network. I haven't actually got the dvd so I can't comment on its transfer quality, special features, etc. I can, however, comment on the movie itself. I just want to let whoever's reading this know that Easter Parade ranks right up there with the very best of musicals. The backstory on this film is that Gene Kelly was originally slated to co-star with Judy Garland, but because of an injury, had to bow out. Enter Fred Astaire, who was in semi-retirement but who agreed to do the movie after having received Kelly's blessing. Easter Parade was so well received that a second pairing of Astaire and Garland was scheduled but due to Garland's (ahem) personal issues, that regretfully never came to pass.

    The plot is standard golden oldie: Don Hewes (Astaire), sulking in a bar after his dance partner Nadine (Ann Miller) breaks up the partnership, boasts that he could turn any woman into a capable dancing partner. He then sets eyes on plain jane chorus girl Hannah Brown (Garland) and picks her to be his Eliza Dolittle. After a few pitfalls, they become a successful act. Oh yeah, somewhere along the way, amidst jealousies and misunderstandings, they manage to find time to fall in love. There is also a subplot with Peter Lawford's character, who fancies Hannah and who, in turn, is fancied by Nadine. There's even a funny bit done by Frank Mayo, the restaurant headwaiter (please, please try his salad). The only downside is that I find Ann Miller to be quite annoying, as I don't believe for one minute she's as good a dancer as she seems to think she is. But that is a minor quibble in an otherwise delightful musical.

    Has there ever been a dancer as graceful, as sophisticated as Fred Astaire? Who else can make dancing look so effortless? And who has better pipes than Judy Garland? These two stars are superb in their acting roles and they are pure perfection in their musical performances. Irving Berlin's songs are showcased here and are done right proper. My personal favorites are "Drum Crazy", "Steppin' Out With My Baby", "A Fella With An Umbrella" and "We're A Couple of Swells" (Judy's comedic touch is invaluable in this song). Easter Parade is a feel-good classic, starring two superb professionals who were, at the time, still at the height of their talents. Watching it has never failed to garner in me a sense of comfort and nostalgia. I make it a point to park my rear on the sofa and catch it whenever it's on television, Easter holiday or not.
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  • Put on your Bonnet Easter Parade is HERE!
    I'm so thrilled this film has come out on DVD. This film is so lush and well filmed and directed by Charles Walters. (He performed A couple of swells with Judy on Stage when she toured in the 1950's) Judy is great as always. It's a shame she didn't get to work with Fred Astaire again they were great together. We are also treated to some great special treats on the 2nd DVD. I found the Documentary about Judy well done. I also liked the out takes of the filming of Mr. Monotony (which was cut from the film).
    I hope the powers that be continue to put all of Judy's films out on DVD. If you love good musicals or you're a BIG Judy fan like I am don't miss this DVD set.
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  • Judy and Fred at their best
    I watched this film weekly, sometimes daily, when I was a kid. This is the Judy Garland I remember. I love her comic timing, I think she's genuinely funny and doesn't take herself too seriously.

    My favorite, most dashing Fred Astaire is in Top Hat, but I kinda like this friendly, more asexual rapport he establishes with Judy. They look very comfortable together, like they really like each other and are having fun with their scenes. Everything runs so smoothly they make it look easy.

    I always liked Ann Miller's in your face attitude, but I learned to admire her even more when I heard that while doing the "Shaking the Blues Away" number she was recovering from an accident that had resulted in a miscarriage and an injury to her back. Such courage and resilience!

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  • YOU'LL BE ALL IN CLOVER WHEN YOU LOOK THIS ONE OVER!
    Easter Parade is simply one of the most joyous and brilliant musicals ever concocted for the screen. If to only preserve the legendary teaming of two of the finest Artists of the 20th century ~ Garland & Astaire ~ then that alone makes this a film to cherish above most others in its field. It always stuns me to think that Astaire came out of semi-retirement simply because he WANTED to do a film with Garland. Well, besides his dancing, the man was known for his style and taste (Gene Kelly's injury did make it all possible. Knowing the amazing partnership of Garland & Kelly, I'm sure he would have been superb in this film also). Their screen chemistry is perfection, especially considering that Garland was a new & different type of leading lady for Astaire. She really was not a "partner" in the sense of a Rogers, Charisse, Bremmer, or Miller, but a kind of equal force to Astaire....someone he could not even begin to "lead"!!! I suspect this may have been the reason that when the film was first released, some critics thought that Miller made a better "partner" for Astaire than Garland did. Don't get me wrong....Miller is stunning as Nadine and her dancing, with & without Astaire is wonderful.....her "Shakin' the Blues Away" sometimes makes me forget that anyone else is in this flick! Then I quickly remember Astaire's "Drum Crazy", and "Stepping' Out with My Baby", Garland's "Better Luck Next Time", "It Only Happens When I Dance with You", and my favorite, "I Wanna Go Back to Michigan", and the two of them knocking us all dead with the "Vaudeville Montage", the brilliant "A Couple of Swells", and, of course, the title number. The audio & visual quality of this remastered DVD is stunning. Stunning indeed is the bonus second disc, where we get to see not only the entire "Mr. Monotony", Garland's super & sexy solo (those LEGS!!!) that was eventually cut prior to the film being released, but the Emmy winning American Masters "Judy Garland: By Myself". That to me is worth the purchase of this entire package. However, we do get more.....much, much more.
    Luigi ~ NYC

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  • WHEN did you last PARADE the JOYS of EASTER ??
    Eastertime stresses can be danced away with true professionals . . . Can you believe that Judy Garland and Fred Astaire and Ann Miller did these dazzling dances almost > 60 < years ago? Fred and Ann played "Don Hewes" and "Nadine Hale" - a dance team making great success on Broadway . . . until Ann decided to forge ahead on her own.

    Fred Astaire picked "HANNAH BROWN" almost out of the blue as a replacement dancer and Hannah immediately fell in love with Don.
    The clothes, the hats and the all-important 'rituals' - - is it only in "the Heartland" that values seem to be more "rooted"?

    This is a delicious film to watch during the Lenten season: not quite as antique as I expcted. Some tunes folks may be humming when another 60 years has cycled around. When your children find a picture clipped from an >ancient< rotogravure section, will it remind you of a history-making event or will you be satisfied to place it between the pages of your journal - - knowing that what you have is what you want? Reviewer mcHAIKU suggests that what we have probably comprises the circumference of our needs. There are plenty of ways to sing "Hallelujah" - - and what finery could ever be more precious than children?





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  • This Is One Of The Greatest Movies In The History of Movies
    Easter Parade, wow, I would need at least a week to tell you of how great this movie is. I am 17 years old and I absolutely love this movie. It's got comedy, romance, music, and of course, Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. The two greatest entertainers of the 20th century. Easter Parade has a My Fair Lady type plot. Fred Astaire is excellent in "Stepping Out With My Baby" and "It Only Happens When I Dance With You." Judy Garland is amazing in "I Love A Piano" and "Easter Parade" Ann Miller and Peter Lawford are also great. This movie contains extremely funny lines like this:

    Astaire: Miss Brown, what idiot ever told you you were a dancer?
    Garland: You did.

    A must have for any Judy Garland or Fred Astaire fan.


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  • An amazing film, a remarkable transfer, first class extras!
    The restoration of Easter Parade is amazing. The print looks crisp, the sound rich and full and the transfer is flawless. The film? Oh my, it's a classic MGM musical that was a blockbuster in it's day... and it is still magic. Judy is particularly marvelous.

    The extra disc is probably the best "second disc" I have found to date. On it is a 2 hour documentary on the life of Judy. It is very sensitive, accurate and beautifully edited. This extra disc is worth the price of the film alone! To get both this film, the outtake number "Mr. Monotony" and the restored "Easter Parade" all in one package is a bargain you will share with your family over and over. The other great Judy film that is also beautifully produced is "Meet Me In St. Louis", which makes a great "double feature" with this one! It's a must for any "Christmas Collection", as well!...more info
  • Once upon a time...
    ...this movie was supposed to co-star Judy Garland with Gene Kelly and, believe it or not, Cyd Charisse!! The latter two names both had leg injuries which forced the studio to replace them both. It was one of those magical jells which historians still talk about today: Astaire, coaxed out of retirement because he swore he was too old (49 at the time) to be dancing on film, was the perfect mix of Pygmalion mentor/gentle soulmate to Ms. Garland's familiar variation on winsome earth-girl-who's-every-inch-as-pretty (but doesn't believe it) as her more glamorous counterparts. I also feel that the "Swells" hobo number has been revered to death; I'd rather talk about Astaire's stage extravaganza "Stepping Out," which has the distinction of him dancing with *three* gorgeous partners then wraps up with him tapping slow-motion in front of a regular-motion chourus. Or Judy Garland's torch solo "Better Luck Next Time;" or even Ann Miller's tapping exhibition (visually dazzling in black, grey, and yellow) to "Shakin' the Blues Away." The period costumes are A+ (suits and hats on men; hats and gowns on women!!), the Irving Berlin score is an embarassment of riches, and the Charles Walters direction is solid. Favorite line is Astaire saying to Garland: "Why didn't you tell me I was in love with you?"...more info
  • "My Fair Lady" Irving Berlin and Fred Astaire Style!
    This is one of my favorite movies and I was pleased to see that someone finally took note of it and released it on DVD. Not just on DVD, but on a two-disc DVD; one of the greatest honors for a movie released for purchase.

    "Easter Parade" tells the story of Don Hewes (Fred Astaire)a famous dancer, who is in love with his dancing partner, Nadine (Ann Miller)until she signs a contract to star in a show without him. Don is indignant, and goes out for a drink when he gets the idea that he trained Nadine and so he can train any girl just as well. He picks a girl at random named Hannah Brown (Judy Garland). Through a lot of work, he turns the combo Hannah and Hewes into a smash hit and the two end up falling in love.

    The plot sounds overused, but is actually quite believable and the music is excellent-how can it not be when done by the great Irving Berlin? Ann Miller is an excellent tap dancer, and, of course, there ARE reasons for why Judy Garland's voice is legendary. Fred Astaire does a great job with his dancing, and I love the lovely costumes, especially the hats and gowns.

    My only complaint is that the beginning is really off with two songs before we even get to know any of the characters' names. These songs have very little to do with the plot, and I would suggest that they be taken out, except that Fred Astaire's dance number about drums is well-done....more info
  • Happy Easter
    I have always enjoyed watching this movie, and am thrilled beyond words that MGM came out of a self induced coma to re-master & release this movie to DVD format. Judy is truly at the top of her game in this picture, and Fred couldn't be more debonair. It has been said that whenever Judy is paired with a dance partner no matter who it is, all eyes are always on Judy. I also want to give a most memorable mention to the late & immortal Ann Miller for her searing dance routine in the number "Shaking the Blues Away". Once you see this movie, you'll understand why Ann Miller was known, and coined as the "Bullet Tap" Queen.
    For fans of hidden `Easter Egg's' on DVD's, one will not have search far for a special treat on disc 2 that isn't hidden, but in plain sight. I didn't even know it existed and couldn't stop grinning from ear to ear! The number is called "Mr. Monotony" and Judy don's a short, sexy, and sleek tux ensemble complete with matching fedora. Let me tell you when I watched this number for the very first time, I nearly fell out of my chair and thought it was having a deja-vu experience. In the movie she did with Gene Kelly called 'Summer Stock', she donned a similar outfit and performed a different musical number altogether. That performance was simply spectacular. I am unclear if 'Mr. Monotony' was supposed to be used in Easter Parade and am puzzled why MGM decided to cut it out of the film. Whatever the reason, I am truly grateful that this short clip still exists. This little gem of a performance makes owning this movie all the more valuable....more info
  • Astaire And Garland Doing Their Stuff To Irving Berlin's Music
    Easter Parade is great entertainment almost in spite of itself. Fred Astaire was twice Judy Garland's age when they made the movie. Peter Lawford was something of a stick, although a good natured one. Ann Miller was a technician of rapid tap but not very spontaneous. And yet Easter Parade jells into a highly professional and watchable movie. Why? I think there are three reasons. First, and in addition to Astaire and Garland being highly gifted artists and both possessing that undefinable quality that makes star power, in this movie they look like they're having a great time working together. They know they can do what they do better than any others and they seem relaxed and having fun, especially in the musical numbers they share. Second, the film has a very good Irving Berlin score. It draws on many of his older standards as well as some he wrote specifically for the movie. Third, this musical really is a musical. Someone has noted that there are 17 numbers. Half the running time of the movie is taken up with one musical number after another. The story is simple and serves as a convenient coat rack to hang all those numbers on.

    Don Hewes (Fred Astaire) is told by his partner, Nadine Hale (Ann Miller), that she's leaving the vaudeville act to headline a Ziegfeld show. Don, who thinks he loves her, is outraged and swears he'll pick a nobody to make a star of and build a bigger act than ever before. He and a wealthy young pal, Jonathan Harrow III (Peter Lawford), spot Hannah Brown (Judy Garland) waiting on tables...and Don says she'll do. From then on it's romantic mixups and confusion, working up the act, a little jealousy, and a promise by Don to Hannah that in a year they'll be walking down Fifth Avenue on Easter Sunday the happiest couple around.

    Astaire has two remarkable dance numbers, "Drum Crazy" danced in a toy store and "Steppin' Out With My Baby," a big production number. After you've finished being amazed by his dancing, play them again and watch how he handles the drum sticks in the first number and his cane in the second. Once with the cane he tosses it twirling in the air, moves over a few feet and holds his arm out. The cane, still twirling, lands perfectly catching his arm. This is one, unbroken shot. He didn't move his arm a fraction to catch the cane. I can't imagine how many times he had to practice that one move to have it appear so perfect and so effortless.

    Garland was a remarkable talent who could do comedy and lip trembling, dancing and singing. When she and Astaire sing and dance "A Couple of Swells," it's a pleasure just to watch how she does a little exaggeration here, a barely noticed hitch of the shoulders there. This is a broad number she brings off with a lot of subtle, funny skill.

    The only part of the movie that sets my teeth on edge is when Garland sings one of the new songs Berlin wrote for her. It's a sad song of lost opportunities called Better Luck Next Time. The first line of the chorus goes, "'Better luck next time,' that could never be, because there ain't gonna be no next time for me..." The song has a first-rate melody and Garland gives it poignance. But why did Berlin have to write "ain't gonna be no?" This is awkward vernacular and sounds completely out of character for Hannah Brown to say. The song went nowhere, and I think it's because that phrase is so jarring in a song of regret.

    Easter Parade is a highly entertaining musical thanks to the talents of Fred Astaire, Judy Garland and Irving Berlin. It has great production values, glossy professionalism and all those bright, vibrant colors that only Technicolor seems able to provide. The DVD looks great. There is a commentary and a number of extras which I didn't watch. One, on the second disc, is a documentary on Judy Garland's life....more info
  • Heads Up on Mr. Monotony Outtake!! GREAT
    I got this DVD early !! Great movie- GREAT transfer...good extra's..The documentary was very good - very insightful and definately one of the better documentaries on Judy Garland. But I wanted to give everyone some GREAT news about the Mr. Monotony outtake on disc 2. I popped in the DVD - played the 3 minute or so clip- thinking what a great number ashame it was cut from the movie but being happy it still exsisted...I was about to hit stop after Judy took her bow at the end of the number and to my SURPRISE this outtake kept going and going and going...... I was expecting it to be the same as the VHS tape edition from years ago...and to all you Judy Garland fanatics...get set for this one...this is the COMPLETE outtakes of the number that..are you ready.................runs about 20 MINUTES LONG!!! The first segment is the complete number...what follows is truly interesting to watch...its Judy doing the number over and over and over again...you see her goofing around and then BAM right into the number...it stops and then goes again and again...I was so pleased by this- it was almost like being in the directors chair watching her perform and then wanting her to do it again for diffent angles...then the close up shots..there is also retakes on the very end of the number of Judy doing differnt bow outs... truly amazing and this is top of the line quality on the outtakes apparently restored as well.... ENJOY!! I know I did.....more info
  • Best "holiday" movie ever
    Much better than White Christmas or Holiday Inn. Most excellent songs, singers and who could dance better? I could watch this over and over (and so will you!)...more info
  • One of the Best!
    I thought that "Easter Parade" was very funny. It includes several must-see dance numbers including "Shakin' the Blues Away" (by Ann Miller), "Steppin' Out With My Baby"(by Fred Astaire), "Drum Crazy" (by Fred Astaire), and 'A Couple of Swells" (by Judy Garland and Fred Astaire). A must-see!...more info
  • Astaire, Garland, Irving Berlin, and Movie 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 brillant 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....more info

  • The best movie of all time
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  • A beautiful film!
    A great film! I highly recommend. The singing and dancing is wonderful! I'd give it ten stars if I could....more info
  • A girl dancer has to be exotic; she has to be - a peach.
    I realize that many may love this film for the impressive sounds that both Fred Astaire and Judy Garland create together. I must admit, there was quite a bit of singing and dancing to demonstrate this karmic connection that these two had together. Honestly, I would like to admit that there was just a bit too much singing and dancing in this film. Easter Parade was nothing except a showcase that allowed Astaire to prove himself to audiences again and again, while Garland attempt to counter her Wizard of Oz persona that followed her until her bittersweet end. Musicals are a tough genre to create. You, as a director, need to have a concrete balance between the song/dance routines and the physical plot, which keeps the audience watching until the very end. I have seen musicals fail and succeed because the director had that bond secured. Sadly, Easter Parade's director, Charles Walters, did not have a strong enough grip on the two. Instead of a good story, with emotional characters, and a sincere plot, we are forced to watch Garland and Astaire seemingly attempt to continually outdo themselves on screen. There was no chemistry between the two, there was no logical plot to this story, and finally, there was no emotion. I cared nothing for anyone in these performances because I was bombasted time and time again with dance, song, and meaningless clich¨¦s, which seemed to be the overall theme of this film.

    Judy Garland and Fred Astaire fans out there are not going to enjoy what I am about to say. This being my first Fred Astaire picture watched, I must admit I was not impressed. Astaire did nothing to develop his character throughout the film. While I do agree that it is the job of the director to create these lines, Astaire should have done something instead of prance around hoping to carry this film on just the weight of his tappy feet. As I watched Easter Parade, I couldn't help but think of Astaire as this manipulator towards his own common good. I saw him as this evil man who wanted nothing more than to be successfully, but was not willing to do it on his own. From the opening scenes in this film, where it is obvious that he loves the camera on him, to the moments where he is on stage proving that he is the top dog in dance and song. Perhaps I misread this film, but I saw Astaire as this guy who had relationship issues. He wasn't interested in actually falling in love, but didn't want to loose his partner again. His character Don was determined to be the best in the business, and he didn't care whom he was partnered with which allowed him to reach that goal. You could see that when he showed minimal emotion towards Nadine when they parted, and how unemotional he because during all of his scenes with Garland. There was absolutely no chemistry between these two actors. I believe the age difference to be the biggest hurdle, but the fact that when they gazed into each other's eyes nothing pulled me, demonstrated how poorly the director chose on this film. You could tell that Walters wanted two big names to anchor this film because he didn't have the glue to keep it together himself. Coupled with the fact that Johnny was the most random character witnessed in cinematic history also hurt the overall emotional effect of the film. What was Johnny's relationship with Nadine? It felt like whatever was available, these two men ran towards, without any emotion or sympathy for anything. It was disastrous.

    Not only was the acting enough to be scoffed at, but the plot ... well ... was completely missing. There were minor threads of plot dangling throughout the film like the dysfunctional wardrobe that Garland wore during one of the dance sequences. That dress completely represented the direction of this film. The dress itself was the actual plot, while the falling pieces of fabric represented the audience being tossed about and thrown on the floor in hopes to reconnect with the dress again sometime during the performance. Alas, we never did. Due to the plot, we jumped, literally, from emotion to emotion, never quite sealing a secure moment throughout. One scene we are trying to connect with Johnny and Hannah, the next with Hannah and Don, then there is Nadine and Hannah, or was it Johnny, and what about Don and Nadine? Jump. Jump. Jump. It became obviously clear that Walters knew that this was a flimsy plot and instead of fixing it, pushed more song and dance into the film to attempt to cover the soiled sections. It did not work. Our flimsy characters, no matter how well their singing, could not conceal this broken direction that Walters obviously lost control of.

    Finally, there were the songs. Decent numbers, but just too many. What was the infamous "Easter Parade"? You would think that a film that chose to have this as their title would explain the ritual a bit further. Sure, there was a song, but I kept watching Astaire jump around so often that the dizziness caused me to miss the lyrics of the songs. There is no need to break into song so often about absolutely nothing. Walter's needed to take a page from a true musical like Singing in the Rain to show him how to correctly combine a great plot with some great songs!

    Overall, I didn't like this film. I needed better characters, stronger stories, and the director to just tighten down on this runaway balloon. I think if you saw Astaire at a bar today, looking like he did in Easter Parade, the first words out of your mouth would be "Glen Quagmire". He looked like an utter sleaze that preyed on young women, but maybe it was Astaire just trying to stay with his character!

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  • A great gift for someone with dementia at Easter or any other time
    Easter Parade, the movie, is a classic that those with dementia will enjoy especially during the Easter season. Folks with dementia feel a special connection to the classic musicals. The songs are familiar to them. They often will sing along. The music uplifts them. The dancing and the drama are exciting. This movie will put a dementia person in the Easter spirit. Buy them a new Easter bonnet to complete the experience. Watch this movie with someone you love whether they have dementia or not for a terrific Easter day.

    By Susan Berg author ofAdorable Photographs of Our Baby: Meaningful, Mind Stimulating Activities and More for the Memory Challenged, Their Loved Ones, and Involved Professionals a book for those with dementia and an excellent resource for caregivers and healthcare professionals...more info
  • stroll the avenue with Fred and Judy!
    EASTER PARADE represents the pinnacle of the M-G-M musical. Too wonderful to watch only at eastertime, the film is filled with sensational Irving Berlin standards, superbly-choreographed musical numbers; not to mention the once-in-a-lifetime pairing of Judy Garland and Fred Astaire.

    Astaire plays famous vaudeville star Don Hewes, whose career as a pair-dancer is cut short when his partner Nadine (Ann Miller) quits the act to become a solo star. One night, whilst drowning his sorrows in a dingy bar, he happens across struggling singer Hannah Brown (Garland). Despite having no training, he decides to turn her into his most formidable dance partner. But their relationship - both on and off the stage - is tempered by Hannah's flirtation with a young collegiate bachelor (Peter Lawford), and the reappearance of beautiful Nadine.

    The entire film (based around the pre-existing catalogue of Irving Berlin songs) is a complete joy. While the role of Don was originally meant for Gene Kelly, he suffered a broken leg only days before the filming was to begin. Astaire was brought out of retirement to assume the role, and turned in one of his greatest performances, ushering in a wave of new screen vehicles ("The Band Wagon", "Royal Wedding", etc). Judy Garland is pure perfection as Hannah, and obviously adored working with Astaire (their "Couple of Swells" routine is simply tour-de-force).

    Ann Miller, in her first big role at the M-G-M studios, is an eyeful as the tap-happy Nadine. Her bravura rendition of "Shakin' the Blues Away", choreographed by Robert Alton, still counts as one of THE greatest musical numbers ever filmed. It's hard to believe, but Ann Miller was still nursing a broken back when she filmed that number. What a trouper! The role of Nadine was originally earmarked for Cyd Charisse, but once again, an injury kept her from the project and former RKO queen Miller started her series of screen successes for M-G-M, that would continue through "On the Town", "Small Town Girl" and "Hit the Deck". Peter Lawford (coming straight from the successful "Good News"), plays Hannah's would-be suitor very well; his mannered singing voice is quite acceptable.

    This fabulous 2-disc Special Edition of EASTER PARADE comes with a wealth of bonus materials; including audio commentary with Judy Garland expert John Fricke, and Ava Astaire McKenzie (Fred's daughter). A new Making-Of documentary called "Easter Parade: On the Avenue", which recounts the various problems and difficulties that were encountered in bringing the film to life. Judy Garland's long-deleted performance of "Mr Monotony" which was cut from the final edit of the film (the costume was later recycled for the "Get Happy" number in Garland's last M-G-M film "Summer Stock"). Among the audio components is the Lux Radio Theatre broadcast, featuring the bulk of the film cast, in a fun little freeze-dried version of the story.

    The real highlight is the award-winning American Masters documentary feature "Judy Garland: By Myself", which traces the life of Garland through remnants of audio interviews, film footage and pieces from Garland's attempted autobiography (with the voice of Isabel Keating as Garland). The doco features rare screen-test footage, pieces from "The Judy Garland Show" and lots of insight from those closest to Garland....more info
  • didn't recieve it
    I never recieved this item. If you could look into it for me I would like to have it though...more info
  • ONE CLASSY MUSICAL!
    In this film we have talents galore at their very best. The Fred Astaire we meet is perhaps more mellow, but warmer, than the films he made when he was younger. The Judy Garland we meet has a natural vivaciousness which life hasn't yet at times lessened. I have always thought of her as more of a singer/entertainer than an actress, but in this movie she excels at both. She is a wonder, even though she smiles through sad and haunted eyes. And Peter Lawford really acts and sings in superior fashion; he is not just a handsome, English poseur. And three cheers for beautiful Ann Miller, smooth as silk when dancing with Astaire or solo.

    The plot: Dancer loses his partner (who he is also in love with) as she goes it alone. When tipsy, he pulls Garland out of a line and claims he will make her a great star. Come to find out that for psychological reasons she doesn't even know her left foot from her right. In the end, she's great, and also in love with you know who. She has to throw a few tantrums before Astaire wakes up to his unacknowledged feelings for her as well.

    The best here are the wonderful and bountiful musical numbers: "We're a Couple of Swells" perhaps being the heighth of musical artistry for Astaire and Garland.

    One aside: When Jimmy Bates (the boy who follows Astaire around a toy store while Fred performs "Drum Crazy," finished the filming of his segment and was about to leave the studio, Fred was a sweetheart enough to present him with the gift of a bicycle. Jimmy grew up to be one of this country's greatest dancers (modern, ballet and tap) and became the head of a dance department at a Northern California university.

    Another element of this perfect film is the stunning fashions. Too bad women don't wear those gorgeous hats anymore which so adorned their faces and garnished the style of an era. An era captured beautifully in this what-more-can-you-say-about-it movie....more info

  • ABSOLUTLY WONDERFUL
    ANOTHR GEM FROM THE GOLDEN AGE. I THINK THAT FRED ASTAIRE DOES SOME OF HIS GREATEST DANCING IN THIS MOVIE: STEPPIN OUT. YOU'VE READ THE STORY PLOT IN THE OTHER REVIEWS. THE IMMORTAL JUDY GARLAND SHINES IN THIS. NOT ONLY HER WONDERFUL SINGING, BUT HER DANCING AS WELL. WHAT A TALENT. AND OF COURSE THE IRVING BERLIN SONGBOOK. THIS MOVIE IS JUST GREAT....more info
  • One of the Best Musicals Ever!
    This is a "goody" - Fred Astaire is wonderful and sophisticated with a generous dose of humor, Judy Garland is charming (innocent and naive), Ann Miller plays the perfect snob, and Peter Lawford adds wit and pragmatism to his role as the plot-pusher, so to speak. Terrific musical numbers - "Easter Parade", of course, and many others that you will sing along and tap your feet to. It's a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, just like when you were a kid and the old movies came on TV. Get your popcorn, this one is terrific!...more info
  • Easter Parade
    In this joyous musical romp, MGM producer Arthur Freed paired Garland with the recently "retired" Astaire after original lead Gene Kelly injured his ankle. Combining Astaire's moves and Garland's pipes with a phenomenal Irving Berlin score adapted by Johnny Green and Roger Edens, highlights include the vaudevillian duet "We're a Couple of Swells" and Astaire's excellent solo to "Steppin' Out With My Baby". The movie was a big success in 1948, and no wonder! By all means, step out with this title....more info
  • Judy and Fred!
    This movie is one of the best movies MGM ever made! I really don't know this was the only movie Judy and Fred made!I am a huge old movie fan and have seen hundreds of old movies and this is one of my favorites! The acting is good, the dancing is great and I HIGHLY recommend it. Especially if you love Judy Garland movies too. I think it's a shame we don't ake movies like this anymore! I love Easter Parade! I watch it every day and my favorite song is "Shakin Your Blues Away.' See it as soon as you can!!!!!!!...more info
  • One Of The Better Musicals Of The Classic Era
    When even the VHS looked very good, I knew this DVD of "Easter Parade" might really look spectacular.

    It did.

    I'm mainly talking about the Technicolor. Man, those Technicolor films in the 1940s were beautiful, as this certainly is.

    For entertainment, you get Fred Astaire dancing, Judy Garland singing, Ann Miller dancing, and Peter Lawford singing. I didn't think Lawford could sing, but he's not bad here. The other great talents must have elevated his.

    Astaire consistently amazed audiences with his innovative dance routines and smooth style. He does a number here in a toy store that is really something! Miller also gives us a good tap number and Garland's songs are all winners.

    This movie is more vehicle for those above-mentioned stars than it is in telling some profound the story. The story is not much, but who cares? It's the dancing, singing, the incredible costumes, overall color, nice people and just plain feel-good musical atmosphere that makes this a popular film, even to this day.
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  • A 5 star movie... but what a letdown from Warner
    I agree whole-heartedly with the earlier review by Tom Anderson. I too watched this new DVD of Easter Parade with high hopes after seeing what Warner was capable of doing with their much hyped "Ultra Resolution process". But if you have seen any of the other Warner DVDs Tom Anderson mentions, which I personally have, not just their "Special Editions" but their standard releases as well, you'll immediately notice how shabby the Easter Parade transfer is in comparison.

    Make no mistake, compared to any other previous incarnation, this version is undisputably the best. There is virtually no dirt or debris or film damage. In that sense it is immaculate. To a casual viewer it would even appear spectacular. But after seeing the high standards Warner is capable of, it is a letdown. It does not look like the original 3-strip technicolor. It looks artificial. Skin tones have an orangey look, like everyone went for a sun-tan. There is frequent transient color-shifting, barely noticeable, but irritating. It also has a grainier look than the other Warner transfers. Certain moments have an overly contrasted, washed-out look. Working with the original technicolor separations wouldn't result in these kinds of problems, only if they used a next-generation print instead. Three-strip Technicolor is justifiably famous for not fading or bleaching with time. I recently watched Warner's release of Emile Zola which came with 2 vintage 1938 technicolor shorts. Even those throwaway supplements from way back in 1938 and which I assume were not restored, look better than their transfer of Easter Parade. It looks like whatever restoration was done, was done purely electronically. I have a sneaky feeling they didn't go back to restore the original 3-strip technicolor elements but something a generation down.

    The only reason I don't give it a lower rating is that Easter Parade remains one of my most treasured movies. Maybe that's why I feel so betrayed. But if this is the standard Warner intends to adhere to in their future releases, I'll think twice before buying any more of their discs....more info
  • "Stepping out with my Baby" is Astaire's finest moment.
    This has everything, great stars, good story and unforgettable numbers. The Astaire/Garland magic is evident from the very beginning and it makes it all the more tragic that they didn't work togther more. The "Steppin' out with my Baby" number is the best that Astaire ever did. This is a must-see for any true fan of musicals....more info
  • This is Great!!!
    I love this film.My sisters don't like Fred Astaire that much.But when they saw Drum Crazy their mouths were hanging wide open.Judy sing great. Fred dances SO WONDERFULLY.Ann Miller is okay.But she dresses really bad.Shaking the blues away was the worst one.Get this film.Great to watch on Easter. ...more info
  • Easter Parade
    In this joyous musical romp, MGM producer Arthur Freed paired Garland with the recently "retired" Astaire after original lead Gene Kelly injured his ankle. Combining Astaire's moves and Garland's pipes with a phenomenal Irving Berlin score adapted by Johnny Green and Roger Edens, highlights include the vaudevillian duet "We're a Couple of Swells" and Astaire's excellent solo to "Steppin' Out With My Baby". The movie was a big success in 1948, and no wonder! By all means, step out with this title....more info
  • I could never get enough of that song.
    I played this at my theatre every Easter Holiday along with a stage Show. During the last number, Easter Parade, which was never long enough was when my stage show would start with a dozen girls and guys all dressed in their turn of the century outfits would stroll down the isles while the Grand Organ played along with the movie. By the time they reached the stage, the screen started to roll-up and the Stage Show would start. Very campy yes, but it looked beautiful.Speaking of beauty, i've always felt that this was one of Judy's best next to "Meet me in St. Louis". She was a stunning beauty in both. This is a must for everyones collection who loves the old MGM musicals. Why 'ol why can't we have actors and films like this anymore. I'm just hoping that the transfer to DVD is a good one and that they channel in the stereo sound like it was originally filmed....more info
  • UTTERLY FANTASTIC!!!!!!
    There is NOTHING bad about this movie, the songs are unforgettable, and 'a couple of swells' is a showstopper, even without the 17 songs it is still a great movie, Fred Astaire is perfect for the role [more so than Gene Kelly] and Judy Garland is just magical, this really is her movie.

    The acting is amzing and although I would have personally not married Fred Astaire he is a better singer than that english bloke...more info

  • Great Value DVD
    If there is a better value DVD on sale I would like to know. The trailer Gallery is brilliant as is the whole of Disc 2.The picture transfer is good- but not as good as Singing in the Rain which is the best I have ever seen.Two questions- Why no 5.1 sound option also why did Fred Astaire always wear such bright socks in all his pictures? All in all a fabulous DVD....more info
  • Light-Weight Fun
    Although this not one of MGM's greater film musicals, the combination of Garland, Astaire, Anne Miller, and Irving Berlin make for delightful entertainment. The emphasis is on charm, and the film certainly delivers it in abundance, along with Garland at a vocal peak and some stunning dance routines by Astaire and Miller....more info
  • Unbelievable Transfer
    The highlight of this fabulous 2-disc edition of the Berlin-Astair-Garland "Easter Parade" is the movie itself. The picture quality exceeds in richness, clarity, and color any version, including, I'm sure, the original theater release. As soon as Fred Astair appears and you see the vivid purple boutineer on his lapel, you know you are in for a visual treat.

    But it doesn't stop there. The sound quality has also been upgraded. It's a pure delight to view and hear.

    There is not a bad song or dance number in the lot, and a good number are true classics. Examples: the two-bum piece, "A Couple of Swells," is one of the most beloved pieces of film in existence; Ann Miller, who, we learn in an accompanying interview, was recoivering from a broken back and in serious pain, does what she considers her finest number. The list goes on and on, not excluding the unutterably touching title song sung by Judy to Fred, who seems more moved than the audience.

    If you have any love at all for the golden age of MGM musicals, this one's a must....more info
  • Garland! Astaire! MIller! Lawford! Berlin! -- and more!
    It goes without saying that Easter Parade is one of the greatest MGM musicals ever made. Fred Astaire and Judy Garland make a wonderful dancing, singing and acting team! As you may know from all the reviewers before me, Astaire plays the part of Don Hewes, a very famous dancer, who is very upset after his love interest and dance partner Nadine (played by Ann Miller) leaves him to pursue an even more lucrative career on the stage. In anger and disgust he impulsively vows that he could turn any woman into a better dancer than his partner had been-and he makes a great pick! Hannah Brown, played by Judy Garland, is (of course) not too good at dancing at first, but with much coaching and hard work Hewes (Astaire) builds her into a dancing star as his new partner! (As the Amazon review points out, while watching this film I was reminded more than once of the musical My Fair Lady. There is that theme of the older, more experienced and educated man coaching, teaching and molding a younger woman.)

    This film offers a love triangle with Peter Lawford also being attracted to Garland but he doesn't get far as she is very much in love with Hewes (Astaire). The musical numbers are outstanding thanks to the incomparable Irving Berlin, Garland, and Astaire. Ann Miller (playing Nadine, Astaire's former partner) also does a fantastic job with her dance number while singing "Shakin' The Blues Away." Indeed, it's hard to decide which numbers are the best; they're all so well done and beautifully filmed! "Steppin' Out With My Baby" and the title song are particularly strong numbers; so is "We're A Couple Of Swells," a vaudeville-type number that Garland liked very much.

    The choreography is excellent. The dancing is superlative and they must have really put a lot of effort into a dance routine with Garland and Astaire early on in the film where she dances almost every step wrong!

    I recommend this movie for lovers of classic musicals, Garland fans, Astaire fans, Miller fans as well as aficionados of great quality films. Get this movie for your collection today and you'll never regret it! A BUY! GRIN...more info

  • There's a reason why 55 yrs. later, everyone loves this film
    Let's see: Cast FRED ASTAIRE and JUDY GARLAND in a show-biz saga with able support from the tops in taps ANN MILLER. Have a slew of new songs and vintage hits from the incomparable composer Irving Berlin, hire Robert Alton to choreograph, Charles Walter to direct, Roger Edens to oversee the proceedings as "associate producer", and your name is Arthur Freed, movie producer. The most successful film producer in the history of the greatest studio of Hollywood's golden era, the long-defunct MGM.

    The film is a smash. Goes on to be a television perrenial, and then a home video bestseller.

    Now at last, it's a DVD, from the greatest of all home video companies Warner Bros. (who owns virtually the entire MGM library -up through 1985 or so-) stuffed with a new documentary, the Emmy Award winning Judy Garland documentary JUDY GARLAND-AMERICAN MASTERS, a trailer gallery, the famous MISTER MONOTONY outtake, both in edited and 'selected takes' form...then package it equisiteely and offer it for a terrific price...

    The result is the PERFECT gift for the whole family at EASTER, and I'm so grateful to Warner Brothers for finally putting this out, and with such care!!!!!! Best of all, they're using their ULTRA-REZOLUTION process to assure exceptional reproduction of the TECHNICOLOR imagery.

    I guess L.B. Mayer is rolling in his grave knowing that his beloved MGM was raped and pillaged by Kirk Kirkorian, but I'm sure he'd be thrilled to see that the current owners of his legacy, Warner Brothers, have lavished such care on the mastrerworks from the defunct Culver City plant.

    Ah, the memories!...more info
  • Almost perfect
    I am so happy to see Warner is FINALLY moving away from their inferior digipacks and using the industry standard Amaray cases, as they did with this one and The Band Wagon. This is an excellent set with a crisp, clean picture and good extras. However, I am a bit annoyed that the studios release anything with "Special Edition" on it and then not put 5.1 surround sound on it -- this one is in Mono! Universal is guilty of doing the same thing on some of their SE's. Oh well, it is far better than VHS. Of course, there is no much to say about this movie that hasn't already been said. What an excellent show to watch when spring is upon us!...more info
  • 'It Only Happens When I Dance With You"
    When Don Hewes dance partner Nadine Hale (Ann Miller) abandons their act, he sets out to find a new partner. He discovers Hannah Brown (Judy Garland, in one of her favorite roles). This movie was originally intended to star Gene Kelly as Don Hewes and Cyd Charisse as Nadine Hale. But Gene Kelly broke his ankle and Cyd tore a muscle so Fred and Ann stepped in. (I really like this movie, but I think it would have been better with Cyd and Gene.)
    There is a little confusion as Don loves Nadine, Nadine loves Johnny (Peter Lawford as Don's best friend), Johnny loves Hannah, and Hannah loves Don. But in the end all works out well!
    Judy sings some wonderful Irving Berling songs: Easter Parade, It Only Happens When I Dance With You, I Wish I Was In Michigan, Better Luck Next Time and I Love a Piano. This DVD also includes the deleted song "Mr. Monotony" in which she wears the tuxedo top she later wore for her famous "Get Happy" number in Summer Stock....more info
  • FOUR-STAR-MUSICAL HIT
    Because of the broken legs of Cyd Charisse and Gene Kelly, Ann Miller and Fred Astaire(out of a two-year retirement)starred with the great JUDY GARLAND in this musical. It`s a great show and it is on a standard formula. Many of the ingredients were used in similar films; "Singin`in the Rain" were they d o include a fashion show, only one composer(Ok 2 - Nacio Herb Brown/Arthur Freed), singing in the rain, a bitchy lead replaced by a plain-Jane ingenue... The most funny thing however is that when I watched DIRTY DANCING in 1987, the female character was called "Baby Frances" by her family(as was Judy was by her own family) and the plot was stolen from Easter Parade. But this is EASTER PARADE. The only team-work of Garland-Astaire - great Irving Berlin songs(indeed he only agreed 2 let the picture be shot if Judy was involved). Vincente Minnelli was first choice as director until Judy`s psychiatrist insisted the studio replace him, fearful she might see husband-director Minnelli as a shadow respresenting her problems with the studio MGM. The song Mr Monotoni was cut from the film(Garland wearing the Get Happy costume later in the 1950 SUMMER STOCK)but is seen in THAT`S ENTERTAINMENT III 1994. EASTER PARADE is a joyful package of entertainment, forever cherished... What is most a revelation is that JUDY GARLAND delivers a Hanna Brown of flesh and blood - not a musical-comedy-cartoon. But that`s the great Judy for u... See my MORE ABOUT ME page about my thoughts of JUDY GARLAND...more info
  • Silly fun
    The plot of this classic film is quite illogical, and at times almost incoherent. Fortunately, the plot doesn't matter very much. This is a film about music and dance numbers, with the incomporable Astaire and the always entertaining Garland, in glorious technicolor. Particularly memorable is the version of the song "A Couple of Swells." There's not much to do with Easter here, except at the end when the famous Berlin title song makes for a lovely finale....more info
  • It's Raining Mono on my Easter Parade
    I just purchased Broadway to Hollywood and was disappointed that all five titles except East Parade were Dolby Digital 5.1. My favorite Easter Parade got the now familiar Warner Mono 1.0 center speaker treatment. And this is a special edition too! What a REEL disappointment! I question if the picture even got the ultra transfer? Perhaps the only thing Warner addressed for this feature was the second disc which is great. If Finians Rainbow could get the 5.1 treatment, and not a special edition, what happened to my favorite Easter Parade? Warner Sound Department should consider using the three front speakers to create their mono sound. If you use one speaker or ten speakers with a mono signal, its still mono! Unfortunately, millions of hometheatres use a tiny limited center speaker for voice and much of the full range mix is lost. Robin Hood is a perfect example of a wonderful picture transfer yet aweful sound. Come on Warner, you are doing such a great service in picture restoration now reconsider your mono sound approach. Now doesn't this sound like SOUND ADVISE? ...more info
  • One of MGM's crown jewels
    This movie wasn't the number 2 box office grossing champ of 1948 for nothing. Although I wasn't even born at that time, "Easter Parade" has been an annual house-hold holiday event ever since I was a kid growing up. This is also the only movie to have starred both Judy Garland and Fred Astaire.(a match made in heaven, if ever there was one.) If this movie has gotten the same treatment as the new Meet Me in St Louis DVD, then were in for a real treat. As if Fred and Judy were not enough, this movie also co-stars a georgeous Ann Miller in top toe-tapping form, and a charming Peter Lawford.

    This movie is basically a lovely re-telling of pygmalion set in early New York. The music is Irving Berlin, and each star really nails their performances. Originally, Gene Kelly was slated to play the Fred Astaire part. As much as I like Gene, lets thank the fates he broke his ankle, allowing MGM to bring Fred out of retirement. This is basically a musical comedy, with a little melodrama thrown in the mix. Some of the highlights are Fred's "Drum Crazy", and "Stepping Out"(both featuring stunning choreography), Ann's "Shaking the Blues Away",Peter's utterly charming "Fella With the Umbrella ", and Judy's "Michigan ", her heartwrenching "Better Luck Next Time",and of course the title song "Easter Parade". The chemistry of Garland and Astaire are what makes this movie special and as popular today, as it was in 1948. They really shine together in "I Love a Piano","Snooky-Ukems",and their crowd pleasing topper "A Couple of Swells". In typical Judy Garland fashion, after a few trials and tribulations; yes, she does get her man.

    These stars , are really stars in their abilities and their qualities in this movie. The pacing is quick,witty, the costumes are fabulous, and even the sets are amazing; lovingly recreating an early New York. There's not enough stars in the universe to rate this MGM gem, definately one of their best.

    I opted to get more bang for my buck. Rather than going for the single movie with a second disc of extras I decided to get the "The Classic Musical Collection-Broadway to Hollywood." For a mere $23.05 more, in addition to this 2 disc special you also get "The Band Wagon" 2 disc special, "The Bells Are Ringing", "Finians Rainbow", and "Brigadoon". I hope they all look as georgeous as the new "Meet Me in St Louis" DVD....more info
  • Efficient--not brilliant--only one blooper of note.

    Though quite enjoyable in an undemanding way, "Easter Parade" is an efficient rather than an artistic musical, and, as has been noted elsewhere, is hampered by an extremely trite plot line, and B movie dialogue makes the self congratulatory tone of the DVD documentary on Sidney Sheldon's script improvements rather ludicrous. One shakes one's head in disbelief--for all the talk--you would think they were discussing Noel Coward. And Noel Coward this ain't.

    Nonetheless, the union of Mr. Astaire and Misses Garland and Miller on the screen together is auspicious in and of itself, and for this reason, if no other, the film merits particular consideration.

    Curiously, (especially given that Garland had just completed the artistically accomplished, "The Pirate") "Easter Parade" is shot much like a Hardy movie, with a series of flat, uninspired, head on stationary camera set ups, in a series of hotel room and restaurant settings. All very pro-forma.

    Worse, apart from Miss Miller's glorious "Shakin the Blues Away," and her number with the plume, "The Girl on the Magazine Cover"--both of which feature lovely liquid boom camera work, (not to mention the scrumptious Miller)--the musical numbers are shot in much the same unimaginative way.

    This is especially odd when compared with Garland's prior work in "For Me and My Gal," which is also set during the same time frame and also with a vaudeville background. Note how, in that earlier film, Busby Berkeley, (with William Daniels on camera) "opens up" the proscenium with a floating boom camera, as in "By the Sea," and "Ballin the Jack." Would that someone had done the same here in "Easter Parade" ! What was Harry Stradling thinking! Or was he just fatigued?

    Film scholar Douglas McVay in his treatise on the musical film, has also remarked on the sorely missed absence of Minnelli's decorative flair in this film--particularly as it relates to his then wife, and the film's star--Miss Garland.

    For example, her visual presentation of the song, "Better Luck Next Time," is compromised by indifferent lighting, (a mistake Mr. Minnelli would never make!) Nonetheless, she does wear nearly a score of elaborate coiffures, most of them very becoming, in addition to some fetching gowns. For the most part, she photographs quite well and is as lovely as in "The Clock," and "The Pirate." In fact, in the excised "Mr. Monotony" sequence, she looks absolutely smashing!--far better in fact, than she would several years later (while wearing the same costume)in "Get Happy."

    As to the dancing, Miss Garland had already executed far more ambitious routines than she is given here, with no less than the film's director Charles Walters! Given what she had already accomplished, (with great brio and elegance too) in the finale of "Presenting Lily Mars," why did it occur to no one, (particularly since she would be dancing with no less than Fred Astaire!) to give her a similarly elegant routine here? Apart from "When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam" very few dancing demands are made on her. Given the charming grace of her footwork--what a missed opportunity! "Snooky Ookums," and "Ragtime Violin," look like something out of a June Haver picture--all shtick and forced grins.

    Ann Miller, by contrast, after her long confinement at Columbia, really comes into her own here. No wonder many contemporary 1948 critics felt she walked off with the picture.

    One blooper to report. When late in the movie, Miss Garland argues with Fred Astaire outside the door of her hotel room, the wall behind her is blank. The next morning, when Mr. Lawford arrives to awaken her, a framed engraving hangs where the wall had been blank the night before. Note too, that the audience reaction/applause shot after "A Couple of Swells" is lifted from "Till the Clouds Roll By" (guess even MGM had their thrifty moments).

    These quibbles aside, an Arthur Freed picture from MGM in 1947 is a pretty high recommendation in and of itself. And it must be said John Green's orchestrations are superb, and the Technicolor, (some nifty mauves here)is very pretty. All in all, enjoyable but seldom brilliant. One can only wonder what Mr. Minnelli could have done for it. Sadly, we will never know.


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  • What Happened, Warner Brothers?!
    I really like "Easter Parade" and was eagerly anticipating how beautiful it would look as a result of Warner's Ultra Resolution process. This is a method that electronically aligns the elements of the famous 3-strip Technicolor process to deliver greater sharpness and even details that weren't visible when the film was brand new. Unfortunately, this film doesn't look nearly as good as the other films that previously underwent this process: "Singin' in the Rain," "The Adventures of Robin Hood," "Meet Me in St. Louis," and "Gone With the Wind." Even "The Harvey Girls" and "Annie Get Your Gun," which were restored without the Ultra Resolution process, look much better than "Easter Parade."

    All of these films, although not perfect, look almost like they were filmed yesterday with wonderful sharpness and contrast range, an almost three-dimensional clarity, and beautiful, sparkling colors--rather like a Kodachrome slide. "Easter Parade," on the other hand, looks like a very old movie that's had it colors artificially pumped up--like an old tart that thinks a lot of warpaint will make her look young, but fools no one. This transfer HAS to be several generations removed from the negative. It has a thick, flat, dull look: very little contrast or modeling, flesh tones the color of red clay mud, and colors that look as if they were applied to the film with a spatula--no light or life can get through! When there is some contrast and a bit of brightness, the effect is very garish and detail is washed out. Warner Brothers either shortchanged this film financially in its restoration or it was working with elements that were far removed from the original negative or color separations. Yes, this is the best this film has looked on home video. Yes, it often has decent detail, but it looks everybit like a film from 1948--or even older--rather than the almost brand new look we have come to expect from Warner's other major restoration efforts.

    "The Band Wagon," another classic musical that was released in conjunction with "Easter Parade," is better, but still has that rather dull, flat, copy-of-a-copy-of-a-copy look, and reddish brown fleshtones. Compare it with "Singin' In the Rain," released just a year before: the difference is like night and day! We have come to expect better than this from a company that has given classic film fans the best DVD transfers of any company. I am more than disappointed; I am shocked! What happened, Warner Brothers?...more info
  • A Real Easter Treat!
    Personally this is one of my favorite Judy Garland and Fred Astaire movies! The movie is about a dancer named Don Hewes (Fred Astaire) who loves his dancing partner named Nadine Hale (Ann Miller). She decides to leave Don and their dancing act. Don is soo upset he decides he will choose the next dancer he sees and put her in his act. He also wants to prove that he dosen't need her! Well his new dancer is named Hannah Brown (Judy Garland) and he promises her that on the next Easter they will be famous. Well he is right and even Ziegfeld is interested in their act. Hannah loves Don but he keeps their realtionship only business. So Hannah figures that Don is still in love with Nadine. So Don's friend Johnny (Peter Lawford)falls for Hannah. This movie has a lot of great music.

    Here are the numbers:

    Happy Easter- This is the first number and Don sings while he is on the street with some chorus girls.

    Drum Crazy- Don dances to this number in a toy shop.

    It Only Happens When I Dance With You- Don sings this to Nadine before she tells him she going to leave him! Hannah sings this later in the movie to Don.

    I Want to Go Back to Michigan (Down on the Farm)- This is one of my favorite numbers. I love this song (since I live in Michigan) Judy does great in this number!

    Beautiful Faces Need Beautiful Clothes- Don and Hannah dance to this.

    A Fella with an Umbrella- Johnny and Hannah sing this number while in the rain. Its one of my favorites!

    I Love a Piano- Another favorite Don and Hannah sing and dance to this as their act.

    Snookey Ookums- Don and Hannah sing to this as their act too.

    Ragtime Violin- They sing to this in their act also.

    When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam'- Don and Hannah sing and dance to this song for their audition for Ziegfeld.

    Shaking the Blues Away- Nadine shows what she got in this number and its great! One of my favorites!

    Steppin' Out with My Baby- Don sings and dances to this song in their show and its one of my favorites.

    A Couple of Swells- This is my favorite number Don and Hannah are dressed up like hobos and sing and dance to it. Its pure delight!

    The Girl on the Magazine Cover- Some guy sings to this song and Nadine dances to it.

    Better Luck Next Time- Hannah sings this song in a restuarant. Her voice is soo beautiful in it!

    Easter Parade- Hannah and Don sing this on Easter while they are on the streets!

    I am very pleased that Warner Bros. released this on DVD with great extras here they are:

    Disc One:
    New Digital Transfer from Restored Picture and Audio Elements
    Commentary by Fred Astaire's daughter Ava Astaire McKenzie and Judy Garland biographer John Fricke
    Garland Trailer Gallery
    Subtitles - English, French and Spanish

    Disc Two:
    The critically acclaimed, Three-time Emmy Award-winning American Masters Documentary Profile Judy Garland: By Myself (exclusively on DVD only on this release)
    Outtake Musical Number Mr. Monotony with Judy Garland
    Audio-only Bonus: Radio Promos -- a 1948 promotional interview with Fred Astaire and MGM's Dick Simmons, plus the ultra-rare Screen Guild Playhouse version of Easter Parade with Fred and Judy from March 1951
    All-new making-of documentary Easter Parade: On The Avenue featuring cast and crew interviews

    Do your self a favor and see Easter Parade!...more info
  • Fred and Judy Strut Their Stuff in this "Parade" of Talent
    Fred Astaire has a go at the Pygmalion myth here in "Easter Parade" when he vows he can take just only ole common chorus girl and make her a fit consort for his superior talents, in order to spite his deserting partner--and ladylove--Ann Miller. So taking up with common chorus girl Judy Garland is just an exercise in proving he can do something, you understand. Well, after some frustrations trying to fit Judy into the Ann mold, Judy persuades him to develop routines that maximize the best traits of each, and before you know it, Success! And perhaps not so surprisingly, Romance too. But there will be complications. Like, is that Ann woman REALLY out of Fred's system? And just when you might be sure of Judy, she meets up with a suitor right under her umbrella, and he sings her a song all about it! Don't faint now, he's ANN's boyfriend too!

    Fred's competition for BOTH women? Peter Lawford. I dunno, I could never understand how Lawford became such a big star in so many movies. My dad always claimed it was because of his Kennedy connections, but "EP" is years before that, I think. Of course, the Lawford I really remember is one of the late 60s and 70s, when he had his two-tone sideburns and wore beads with an open neck shirt. This was a post- Rat Pack Lawford who recommended that the TV viewers be sure to send Western Union CandyGrams. Well, at any rate, this was the young Lawford that turns the heads of both Judy and Ann Miller. Me? I'd be with Fred hands down.

    Now, here I go out on another limb, departing from the usual. This movie is famous for the hobo number, "We're a Couple of Swells". While others wax lyrical about it, that's a "get up to go to the fridge" moment as far as I'm concerned. If there are two kinds of musical numbers I hate, it's singing tramps and singing clowns. Real scruffy looking homeless, such as we have in NYC, do not inspire songs. Also, in high school I knew two sisters who used to tap dance this routine themselves, so it's a bad flashback for me.

    But these quibbles notwithstanding, "Easter Parade" is still good entertainment, with a great concluding number and some other great numbers before we get there, like Fred's swanky "Steppin' Out With My Baby"--is anyone cooler than he?...more info