That's Entertainment!

Synopsis: MGM musical numbers from the introduction of sound in the late '20s through to the 1950s, possibly with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Judy Garland getting the most coverage. Linked by some of the stars who worked at MGM handing the commentary on one to another.
Director(s): Jack Haley Jr.
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  2 wins.
 
IMDB:
7.7
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
G
Year:
1974
135 min
64 Views


I'm singin'in the rain

Just singin'in the rain

What a glorious feeling

I'm happy again

The year is 1929. The singer, Cliff Edwards,

also known as Ukulele lke.

The film, Hollywood Revue.

It is the first all-talking...

all-singing, all-dancing movie ever made.

Everyone from the place

Come on with your rain

I've got a smile on my face

I'll walk down the lane

In the years that followed,

Singin' in the Rain would become...

a theme song for MGM.

Singin'in the rain

In the 1930s, Jimmy Durante

gave us this rendition.

You wrote that this morning?

Yeah, it's something they'll remember.

Yeah, I remember it already.

I'm singin'in the rain

I'm singin'in the rain

What a grand, what a glorious feelin'

I'm happy again

In the 1940s, Judy Garland did it her way.

So dark up above

The sun's in my heart

And I'm gettin'ready for love

Let the stormy clouds chase

Everyone from the place

And come on with the rain

I've a smile on my face

I'll walk down the lane

With a happy refrain

And singin'

Singin'

I'm singin'in the rain

In the 1950s, Gene Kelly,

Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor...

put it all together in what many folks

would call, "the best musical ever made."

Singin'in the rain

Just singin'in the rain

What a glorious feelin'

We're happy again

If you are wondering

what happened in between...

sit back and relax.

You're about to find out.

It's been quite some time

since I first came to this place.

And MGM is certainly

not the same studio...

and Hollywood's not the same town.

But the films we made here

are still around.

Some studios can claim

they made the finest gangster films...

or the greatest horror movies...

but when it came to musicals...

MGM, they were the champions.

Musicals were fantasy trips

for the audiences of that day.

For instance, boy meets girl,

boy loses girl...

boy sings a song and gets girl.

The plots were that simple.

The musicals of the 1930s, '40s,

or even the '50s...

may not tell you

where our heads were at...

but they'd certainly tell you

where our hearts were at.

And all of this lovable nonsense

began back in 1929...

when the silent film had suddenly become

a thing of the past...

and sound was the king.

Don't bring a frown to old Broadway

You've got a clown on Broadway

Broadway Melody of 1929 won

an Oscar for Best Picture that year...

and MGM was off and running

with a new formula for success.

Charles King and a line of

slightly overweight chorus girls...

were the beginning

of a new motion picture art form...

that would captivate audiences

for years to come.

No skies are gray on that Great White Way

That's the Broadway Melody!

No skies are gray on that Great White Way

That's the Broadway Melody!

Within a few short years,

the musical had come of age.

The primitive stage show

had now become a cinematic spectacular.

Here Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger,

Nelson Eddy and a cast of thousands...

watched Eleanor Powell dance in Rosalie.

When I'm calling you

The most successful singing team

in the history of motion pictures...

Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald

in Rose-Marie.

Will you answer too?

Then I will know

our love

will come true

You'll belong to me

I'll belong

to you

In 1936, The Great Ziegfeld won

an Oscar for Best Picture that year...

and it's no wonder.

Virginia Bruce

and a gang of lovely ladies...

cluttered up

Hollywood's biggest staircase.

And somewhere in that lovely mob,

you'll find Dennis Morgan singing a song.

If anyone could afford to film

this extravagant number today...

perhaps it would look something like this.

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Jack Haley Jr.

John Joseph Haley Jr. (October 25, 1933 – April 21, 2001) better known as Jack Haley Jr, was an American film director, producer and writer, twice winner of the Emmy Award. more…

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