Easter Parade (MGM 1948, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland)

Easter Parade

When, after rehearsing for a month, Gene Kelly broke his ankle playing touch football in his back yard, MGM producer Arthur Freed called Fred Astaire out of retirement to star in musical Easter Parade about which Monthly Film Bulletin wrote, “Irving Berlin melodies, versatile dancing and gay (sic) humour, linked by a slender plot, are put over with a zest and skill which lovers of musical comedy will love.”

The slim but eminently suitable screenplay provided by Sidney Sheldon, Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett perfectly cast Astaire as a song-and-dance star who loses his partner Ann Miller to a new show, and in a fit of pique, announces that he will choose a chorus girl at random and make her his partner. He selects Judy Garland to play Galatea to his Pygmalion and, naturally, hard work and a few setbacks result in his protege making good – and falling in love with him. Astaire, after some not unexpected misunderstandings with Miller, finally finds true love lies with Garland…

Easter Parade

Cast: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin, Clinton Sundberg, Richard Beavers, Lola Albright, Shirley Ballard, Edward Biby, June Gale, Gail Langford, Joi Lansing

Director: Charles Walters
Writers: Sidney Sheldon, Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, from a story by Goodrich and Hackett
Producer: Arthur Freed
Director of Photography: Harry Stradling Sr.

Production Companies: MGM
Release Date: 8 July 1948
Running Time: 107 minutes
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: United States of America
Tagline: The Happiest Musical Ever Made is Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade

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