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That's Entertainment, Part II (1976)

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.

Director:

Gene Kelly

Writer:

Leonard Gershe (narration written by)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 ... Clip from 'Love Me or Leave Me' (archive footage)
Ann Miller ... Clip from 'Kiss Me Kate' (archive footage)
Ann Sothern ... Dixie Donegan (archive footage)
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Storyline

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:

AL | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood, Hollywood! See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,540,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo | 70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Black and White | Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was Fred Astaire's final dance performance on film. See more »

Goofs

During the "Invitation To The Dance" animated sequence, the costumes of the cartoon guards change from green to blue in less than a second. See more »

Quotes

Gene Kelly: Fred, I hear tap dancing is popular again.
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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

The original release print ran 133 minutes and contained a handful of sequences that were ultimately shorn from the general release print. In the first section, you can see Astaire and Kelly rotating enormous photos of each song that appears in that section. One of them is "You Stepped Out of a Dream" from Ziegfeld Girl (1941), which originally appeared between "Fascinating Rhythm" and "I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'." In the Great Songwriters section, "Lonesome Polecat" from Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954) originally appeared between "The Lady is a Tramp" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." In the 'Shubert Alley' sequence, Astaire and Kelly dance among sheet music covers boasting song titles that eventually appear in the section. Among them are "Concerto in F" from An American In Paris" which originally appeared between "Triplets" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (in fact, due to hasty editing, Oscar Levant's final "Bravo!" can still be heard over the first image of Judy Garland and Margaret O'Brien). Fred Astaire's "Drum Crazy" from Easter Parade (1948) was also slated for this sequence (replaced by "Steppin' Out With My Baby"), as was "The Stanley Steamer" from Summer Holiday (1948), which was to have capped the entire section (it was ultimately replaced by Kelly's "I Got Rhythm"). See more »

Connections

Features High Society (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Ten Cents a Dance
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Sung by Doris Day
from the movie Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
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A Second Helping of the Best of the Best
3 August 1999 | by BobLibSee all my reviews

In his exhaustive book "The Hollywood Musical," critic Clive Hirschorn describes "That's Entertainment, Part II" as being hampered by "the distinct screech of a barrel being scraped." I beg to differ. While it's not as good as the first "That's Entertainment" (But, then, what could be?), and while there are some distinct lowlights (Bobby Van jumping around like some demented jackrabbit in "Small Town Girl," for one), by and large, this is a more than worthy follow-up to the first film.

Among the best parts for me are: Judy Garland's unbeatable rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" from "Meet Me in St. Louis," the Frank Sinatra montage, the Cypress Gardens finale from "Easy to Love" featuring (So, who else?) Esther Williams, the Marx Brothers' stateroom scene from "A Night at the Opera," and the sequence from "The Great Waltz," featuring Fernand Gravet and Meliza Korjus (Anybody remember them?) showing how Strauss' "Tales from Vienna Woods" was ostensibly written. PLUS you have host/narrators Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in their only film appearance together other than their one dance sequence in "Ziegfeld Follies of 1946."

In short, highly recommended!


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