7.8/10
4,358
50 user 25 critic

That's Entertainment! (1974)

Trailer
4:12 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favourite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.

Director:

Jack Haley Jr.

Writer:

Jack Haley Jr.
Reviews
2 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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
Stars: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland
Documentary | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Some of MGM's musical stars review the studio's history of musicals. From The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) to Brigadoon (1954), from the first musical talkies to Gene Kelly in Singin' in ... See full summary »

Directors: Bud Friedgen, Michael J. Sheridan
Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller
Show Boat (1951)
Drama | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The daughter of a riverboat captain falls in love with a charming gambler, but their fairytale romance is threatened when his luck turns sour.

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel
Comedy | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

During World War I, a teenage girl begins a romance with a college student, but his unconventional attitudes cause friction with her father.

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Jack Smith
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A little squirrel with lots of charm accidentally helps two poor, down-but-NOT-out families overcome their obstacles.

Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: Jimmy Durante, Terry Moore, Tom Drake
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Eddie thinks it is time for his father to remarry. However, in his opinion his father's taste in women leaves much to be desired. He believes the girl next door would be a far better choice...

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Glenn Ford, Ron Howard, Shirley Jones
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A poor boy named Tom Canty and the Prince of Wales exchange identities but events force the pair to experience each other's lives as well.

Directors: William Keighley, William Dieterle
Stars: Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Henry Stephenson
Drama | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey
The Yearling (1946)
Drama | Family | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A boy persuades his parents to allow him to adopt a young deer, but what will happen if the deer misbehaves?

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr.
Kim (1950)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During the British Raj, the orphan of a British soldier poses as a Hindu and is torn between his loyalty to a Buddhist mystic and aiding the English secret service.

Director: Victor Saville
Stars: Errol Flynn, Dean Stockwell, Paul Lukas
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The schoolgirls of St. Trinian's are more interested in racing forms than books as they try to get-rich-quick. They are abetted by the headmistress' brother.

Director: Frank Launder
Stars: Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell, George Cole
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'The Band Wagon'
Bing Crosby ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Going Hollywood'
Gene Kelly ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clips from 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' - 'Singin' in the Rain' and 'An American in Paris'
Peter Lawford ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator - Clip from 1947 version of 'Good News'
Liza Minnelli ... Herself - Co-Host & Narrator
Donald O'Connor ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Singin' in the Rain'
Debbie Reynolds ... Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
Mickey Rooney ... Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clips from 'Babes in Arms' - 'Girl Crazy' - 'Babes on Broadway'
Frank Sinatra ... Himself - Co-Host
James Stewart ... Himself - Co-Host
Elizabeth Taylor ... Herself - Co-Hostess / Narrator / Clip from 'Cynthia'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
June Allyson ... Clip from 'Words and Music' (archive footage)
Kay Armen Kay Armen ... Clip from 'Hit the Deck' (archive footage)
Ray Bolger ... Clips from 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'The Harvey Girls' (archive footage)
Virginia Bruce ... Clip from 'The Great Ziegfeld' (archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

MGM musical numbers from the introduction of sound in the late '20s through to the 1950s, possibly with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Judy Garland getting the most coverage. Linked by some of the stars who worked at MGM handing the commentary on one to another. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

More than a movie. It's a celebration. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

That's Entertainment: 50 Years of MGM See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$26,890,200

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,890,200
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In 2010, in an effort to gauge whether the public preferred Blu-ray or HD DVD, both in their infancy, That's Entertainment! was the first of the MGM musicals to be released in high definition. As the Blu-ray format won the race, HD DVD copies of the film are now exceedingly difficult to find. See more »

Goofs

In the "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody" sequence from The Great Ziegfeld, narrator Frank Sinatra says that Dennis Morgan is singing the song. In fact, Morgan's singing is dubbed by Allan Jones, not because Morgan's well-known tenor voice was unacceptable but because Jones had already pre-recorded the mammoth sequence. At the time, the still unknown Morgan was billed by his real name, Stanley Morner. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank Sinatra: [narrating] The year is 1929; the singer, Cliff Edwards, also known as Ukelele Ike. The film: "Hollywood Revue"; it is the first all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing movie ever made. In the years that followed, "Singin' in the Rain" would become a theme song for MGM.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Before Leo the Lion roars at the beginning, the words "Beginning our next 50 years" appear in the lion's traditional place in the MGM logo, which itself has been modified to indicate the company's golden anniversary. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some TV prints extend Bing Crosby's segment by adding the musical number "True Love" from "High Society" (1956). See more »

Connections

Spoofed in That's Erotic (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

That's Entertainment
(1953) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Played during the opening overture
Played by the studio orchestra during the opening and closing credits
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
More Stars Than There Are In The Heavens
26 April 2005 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

Musicals--that most surrealistic of motion picture genres--have fallen out of fashion over the past few decades... but at one time they dominated motion picture screens. MGM, a studio which boasted it had "More Stars Than There Are In The Heavens," was renowned for the musical talents it had under contract. And this clever compilation, with its various segments introduced by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, Bing Crosby, and Mickey Rooney, offers an extraordinary collection of musical moments from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s--the golden age of the genre.

The compilation is very, very broad and includes performances by both the still-famous and once-famous, and gives us the opportunity to see some magical moments without having to wade through the entire genre or assess whether or not you actually want to sit through an obscure film in order to see one five minute musical moment. While it includes performances by the delicious Lena Horne (performing "Honeysuckle Rose" before a sophisticated set of drapery and mirrors), the brilliant Elenor Powell (with several offerings, the most memorable being "Begin the Begine" with Fred Astaire), and a host of others, most of the collection revolves around four MGM superstars: Gene Kelly, Esther Williams, Fred Astaire, and Judy Garland. The tribute to Esther Williams is particularly welcome, a marvelous array of some of the most beautiful and beautifully surreal scenes ever put to film; the tribute to Judy Garland, touchingly introduced and narrated by daughter Liza Minnelli, is also particularly well done.

But the real feast here is of musical oddities and rarities. In its search for musical talent, MGM put almost every star under contract through their musical paces--and the result is often truly bizarre. Among the most memorable of these is Joan Crawford, who believe it or not was considered a jazz dancer of some note during the 1920s, and here she (introduced by an emcee as "the personification of youth, beauty, joy, and happiness) sings and then athletically stops through "Got A Feeling For You." Robert Montgomery looks awkward trying his hand at light opera; Jimmy Stewart sings pleasantly but unspectacularly; Jean Harlow belts out "Reckless;" and Clark Gable gives a remarkably charming throw-away performance of "Puttin' On The Ritz." It is all tremendous fun.

Of further interest is the fact that most of the narrators have filmed their scenes on the MGM backlot--which was on the verge of demolition when this compilation was made in 1974. It's fading glory is touching, nostalgic, and offers a final glimpse of what was the world's greatest film studio before it entered its final decline. A drawback to the compilation is that at the time it was made few if any of these films had been restored; some of the oldest film clips are in rather poor condition and the brilliance of Technicolor is somewhat reduced in certain scenes. But even with this problem, THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT is a feast of brilliant colors, costumes, spectacular dance numbers, and beautiful sounds, enough to delight any long-time musical fan and convert newcomers to the genre.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer


19 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 50 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed