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That's Entertainment, Part II (1976)

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Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.

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Gene Kelly

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Leonard Gershe (narration written by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Astaire ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator
Gene Kelly ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator
Judy Garland ... Clips from 'For Me and My Gal', 'Easter Parade', & 'Girl Crazy' etc (archive footage)
Mickey Rooney ... Clips from 'Girl Crazy' & 'Words and Music' etc. (archive footage)
Bing Crosby ... Clip from 'Going Hollywood' (archive footage)
Robert Taylor ... Clip from 'Broadway Melody of 1936' (archive footage)
Greer Garson ... Katherine (archive footage)
Clark Gable ... Clips from 'Gone with the Wind' & 'Strange Cargo' etc. (archive footage)
Kathryn Grayson ... Clip from 'Lovely to Look At' (archive footage)
Leslie Caron ... Lili / Lise Bouvier (archive footage)
Jeanette MacDonald ... Clips from 'New Moon' & 'Broadway Serenade' (archive footage)
Nelson Eddy ... Clip from 'New Moon' (archive footage)
Doris Day ... Ruth Etting (archive footage)
Ann Miller ... Clip from 'Kiss Me Kate' (archive footage)
Ann Sothern ... Dixie Donegan (archive footage)
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Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Taglines:

The greatest entertainment since "That's Entertainment!"


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

That's Entertainment, Part 2 See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,979,380

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,979,380
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Sound Mix:

Stereo | 70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Black and White | Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the film's art direction, it is relatively easy to detect which songs were dropped from the final release print. "You Stepped Out of a Dream" from Ziegfeld Girl (1941) was clearly intended to be part of the opening sequence, as it is the only one of the rotating photo stills in Astaire and Kelly's dance routine that never materializes on the screen. Two other numbers went so far as to be listed in the films's souvenir program before being cut from the general release print. "Lonesome Polecat" from Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954) was situated between "All of You" and "The Lady is a Tramp" in the Great Songwriters sequence. Oscar Levant's rendition of "Concerto in F" from An American in Paris (1951) was slated to appear between "Triplets" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"; in fact, the deletion of Levant's solo was executed so hurriedly that one can still hear his final cry of "Bravo!" sound-mixed with the first notes of Judy Garland's song. See more »

Goofs

During the clip from Kiss Me Kate, Gene Kelly identifies the choreographer as Hermes Pan. But the clip shown, "From This Moment On", was actually choreographed by Bob Fosse, one of the dancers. See more »

Quotes

Fred Astaire: Cyd Charisse. Lovely, Cyd Charisse. How she dances. This is from "Silk Stockings".
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits introduce not only hosts Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, but mention all the other performers from the clips before the 'That's Entertainment, pt 2' title card; all are done in different styles: names drawn in the sand, scrolls, inside a book, tiles spelled out on satin, inside a file cabinet, typed on stationery, branding iron, the 'Rank Organisation' gong, etc. See more »

Alternate Versions

Swedish cinema version ran only 122 min (i.e., 11 min shorter) than the original cut. Following musical numbers were removed:
  • The Intro music was deleted
  • LADY BE GOOD ( "Lady be good" with Ann Sothern and Robert Young)
  • SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS ("Lonesome Polecats")
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  • WORDS AND MUSIC ("Manhattan": Mickey Rooney, Tom Drake, Marshall Thompson)
  • THREE LITTLE WORDS ("Three little words": Fred Astaire, Red Skelton)
  • THE GREAT WALTZ ("Tales from the Vienna Woods": Fernand Gravet, Miliza Korjus)
  • AN AMERICAN IN PARIS ("Concerto in F": Oscar Levant)
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Connections

Spoofed in The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #10.4 (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

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(1907) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Lehár
Lyrics by Gus Kahn (1934)
Sung by Maurice Chevalier
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"The world is a stage, the stage is a world of entertainment"
22 August 2008 | by ackstasisSee all my reviews

Objectively speaking, it's hard to argue with those who believe that 'That's Entertainment! (1974)' towers over its sequel. Indeed, the first film naturally had all the classics to choose from, and so director Jack Haley Jr. was able to throw all the very best bits into his film. When Gene Kelly arrived on the scene to direct 'That's Entertainment, Part II (1976),' he found no shortage of interesting clips in the MGM archives, but occasionally had to settle for the secondary musical numbers from the most famous musicals, for example, having to settle with "Good Morning" instead of "Singin' in the Rain." Nevertheless, I think I enjoyed the sequel even more than the original, not because of the nostalgic clipshow, but because of the interludes in between. Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, performing together for the first (and only) time since 'Ziegfeld Follies (1946),' light up the screen with their lighthearted theatrics, proving – at ages 64 and 77, respectively – that time has done little to dim their talent for entertainment.

For all its nostalgic spectacle, 'That's Entertainment!' had still been a rather impersonal affair. Plenty of faded stars appeared on screen to briefly recount their experiences, but their monologues were obviously tightly scripted and lacked the intimacy and insight that they might have had. By 1976, Gene Kelly was already an experienced director (most notably in his collaborations with Stanley Donen) and so he decided to dress up his newly-shot interludes, sacrificing wistful recollection for just one more opportunity to see two of cinema's greatest sharing the stage, all to the tune of Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz's "That's Entertainment!" {from the film 'The Band Wagon (1953)'}. Both stars, incredibly, dart across the stage with all of their usual exuberance, and, in his final filmed performance, Fred Astaire apparently still retains the liveliness of a man two decades his junior. Kelly also breaks up the film with a brief vignette on location in Paris, where MGM Oscar-winning blockbusters 'An American in Paris (1951)' and 'Gigi (1958)' were set.

The most exciting element of the 'That's Entertainment!' series, I think, is that not only can we relive all those precious classic moments, but we can also learn of the more obscure musicals about which we would otherwise have known nothing. For my part, the film added 'The Band Wagon' and 'Easter Parade (1948)' to my must-see list {yes, I am still a novice!}, and piqued my interest in many others. One hilarious sequence from 'Small Town Girl (1953),' frequently disparaged by reviewers, sees Bobby Van bounding across town like a kangaroo/pogo stick hybrid – where did that man get so much energy? All in all, I found 'That's Entertainment, Part II' to be a supreme piece of musical entertainment, mostly due to the newly-shot footage featuring Kelly and Astaire… I know I'll be humming the title song all weekend. I'm now interested in watching Part III, if only to find out how Bud Friedgen and Michael J. Sheridan, with a dwindling selection of numbers, managed to keep the series fresh.


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