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Easter Parade [Blu-ray] [Import]

Judy Garland , Fred Astaire , Charles Walters    Unrated   Blu-ray
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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

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4.0 out of 5 stars A great Astaire/Garland vehicle June 2 2013
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Easter Parade(released June/48)stars,among others,Fred Astaire,Judy Garland,Ann Miller and Peter Lawford.It is just by accident that Mr.Astaire agreed to do the film in the first place.Gene Kelly had injured himself during a football match on his property and it was he who phoned Fred to suggest he do it.Fred has been on a self imposed "retirement" and was eventually persuaded ...happily for us.This was to be Judy Garland's second picture with Gene,which it didn't turn out to be.Her first was The Pirate.Judy had only been out of a psychiatric sanitarium for a short time when she was signed for this.Judy pulled through the filming like a trooper and Fred was pleased with his working relationship with her.Easter Parade proved to be one of the highest grossers of 1948.What would have been Fred and Judy's second pairing,right on the heels of Parade,was The Barklays of Broadway.Rehearsals began but Judy became totally erratic in behaviour,turning up late consistently and becoming short tempered and lost a great deal of weight.Fred was beside himself and so were the producers,who fired her off of the picture.That film saw,of course,the reuniting of Fred and Ginger(their last).Let's look at the plot of Parade.
The story finds Fred as half of a famous dancing team,with Ann Miller his other half.The film's first boffo number is with Fred of course and it is called Drum Crazy.He arrives back at Anns apartment with some haberdashery only to find out Ann wants to go solo.Even a plaintive dance with Fred doesn't change her mind.She is in love,it appears,with their good friend Peter Lawford,who will come and go throughout the film as needed.Peter hasn`t that much of interest in Ann,if any. Fred walks out to the local bar,claiming to the bar tender he can make a dancer out of anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a movie.. April 30 2013
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I have always enjoyed this movie...if you enjoy musicals, it is a must Garland/Astaire....what a combination. I love it and know you will to...
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5.0 out of 5 stars How can you beat Judy in an Easter Bonnet! April 15 2013
By Jacqui
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Very good quality DVD. The Blu-Ray is just coming out now but this one has all the bells and whistles you can ask for at a much lower price point. Good value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's wonderful !! Dec 20 2012
By David
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Ce film est tout simplement extraordinaire. Il m'a aussi été livré rapidement et conforme a la description du produit. Je recommeande ce film a tous els cinéphiles !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest musicals ever made April 10 2004
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Musical Nov. 22 2011
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How can you go wrong with Judy Garland and Fred Astaire? Excellent film and one I am glad I added to my collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Loses something over the years July 24 2007
By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Don Hews (Fred Astaire), a song and dance man gets a new contract, he finds out the he is being jilted by the girl he had an understanding with Nadine Hale (Ann Miller); she decides to go off on her own with a different contract and more than willing to also go with their mutual friend Johnny Harlow (Peter Lawford). In an effort to replace his dance partner and save face, Don finds a quick replacement Hannah Brown (Judy Garland) from his local bar. Can she fill the bill and does Don really know what he wants?

Lots (17) of great Irving Berlin songs. Lots of tap dancing.

Can't tell you of all the years I enjoyed this and similar movies. As with many things you can not go home again. Now I see the mechanics and the mismatch of characters to story. Now the film takes effort to get through. They seem to be straining to stay in formula as the story was originally designed for Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse not much too old Fred Astaire and too young Judy Garland.

One redeeming thing about the Special edition DVD is that the voiceover commentary by Astaire's daughter gave the film meaning and made it easer to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 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! Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Matthew G. Sherwin
5.0 out of 5 stars 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... Read more
Published on June 20 2004 by Young "Oldies" lover
5.0 out of 5 stars 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... Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Hermione
5.0 out of 5 stars 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... Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2003 by MarianaP
5.0 out of 5 stars 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... Read more
Published on April 23 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a time...
...this movie was supposed to co-star Judy Garland with Gene Kelly and, believe it or not, Cyd Charisse!! Read more
Published on March 19 2003 by Chris Aldridge
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