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|That's Entertainment III|
Actors: Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller, Mickey Rooney, Lena Horne
Directors: Bud Friedgen, Michael J. Sheridan
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
REVISITS THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD THROUGH FILM EXCERPTS, CELEBRITY INTERVIEWS, BEHIND-THE-SCENES FOOTAGE AND NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN OUTTAKES.
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Enjoyable Mix of Classic Moments & Rare Footage
Gary F. Taylor | Biloxi, MS USA | 06/26/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Opening with a Gene Kelly-introduced segment concerning early efforts to develop musical stars and material, this third installment of the THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT quickly seques into celebrity-introduced film clips from MGM musicals--film clips that range from familiar favorites to out-takes, rareities, and numbers that were cut from films before their release. The narrators are well scripted, well filmed, and often interject insightful personal notes by introducing clips from their own movies.Such is the case with the legendary Lena Horne, who presents a casually-spoken but quite powerful narrative about the Hollywood racism that limited her career and ultimately prevented her from playing Julie in SHOWBOAT. But the real power of THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT III is in it's "never-before-seen" footage--footage that includes memorable performances by Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, and Lena Horne among others. The film also offers the chance to see some truly rare bits of film, including Vaudeville acts hoping for film stardom, scenes from the early Technicolor and never-completed film MARCH OF TIME, and pre-code bathing-beauties. THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT III doesn't have quite the same dash and splash or variety as the original THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT, but it moves at a smart pace, and fans of movie musicals will find a great deal to enjoy. Recommended."
Gary F. Taylor | 06/09/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As the young generation of today only swell over "Titanic" and "Jurrasic Park" at the cinema, movie musicals have long being forgotten and discarded. I live in Singapore where it is hard to find somebody who still remembers about the famous movie musicals made by MGM( or other studios). However, this collective clips of musicals made by MGM really offer me a deep insight into what was once popular and successful in HOllywood. I love all the scenes and all those dancing movements. It's a pity I have missed out on so many great musicals before my time. My advice: Forget about disaster stories or computer aided graphics for the time being and treat yourself to a world of fascinating songs and dance! YOu'll love it. Musicals are for everyone to enjoy certainly."
Nostalgia at it's best
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 04/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Gene Kelly, Esther Williams, Debbie Reynolds, June Allyson, Cyd Charisse, Mickey Rooney and Howard Keel all come together to remember and pay homage to the movies that made them famous, and the studio that had more stars than the heavens.It's great to see the numbers that didn't make the final cut, like the alternate version of "A Lady Loves" from I LOVE MELVIN, "Two-Faced Woman" from TORCH SONG, which had been planned and filmed for THE BAND WAGON with Cyd Charisse (in TORCH SONG it is danced by Joan Crawford, dubbed by India Adams). Debbie Reynolds said they dropped the wrong version and they DID! Charisse's version is slinky and sexy; while Crawford's is clunky and awkward.There is the "Lock Step" with the Dodge Twins, a rare short featuring The Five Locust Sisters, and glorious footage from GIGI.All of the material has been painstakingly restored, so the picture quality remains relatively neutral. Also, the music and singing has been mixed for the first time in stereo.A great sequel to THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT!, and a great film for classic movie buffs."
I love the That's Entertainment videos.
Byron Kolln | 03/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think that the That's Entertainment videos will teach people about movies,music,and stars of long ago. It seems to me that MGM really did have more stars than in the heavens and that they did their movies better than anyone else."