Flashback Musical Classic: Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in Easter Parade

Easter is coming and soon the eggs will be boiled and the hunts will begin. But you need look no further for something fun to watch this holiday weekend. We Flashback (to a Judy Garland and Fred Astaire) Classic, Easter Parade (1948).

An Irving Berlin spectacular in which Astaire plays the part of a dance man whose partner abandons the act. Fortunately, his new partner turns out to be Garland. This is the only picture in which the two superstars worked together, which is a shame.

A nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner to make his former partner jealous and to prove he can make any partner a star.

Easter Parade won an Academy Award for: Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.

Did You Know?

Gene Kelly had the lead role in Easter Parade, but broke his ankle and was unable to do the part. He called Fred and talked him into doing it, Fred took the lead, and the movie was a hit.

Fred Astaire's film the next year, On the Town (1949), was about Three sailors looking for fun and romance on a day of shore leave in New York City, and the film would see him cutting loose with Gene Kelly.

Judy Garland would team up with Gene kelly the same year as Easter Parade, in The Pirate (1948) for some musical romance, as a girl is engaged to the local richman, but dreaming about the legendary pirate Macoco (Kelly).

Gene Kelly would achieve the pinnacle of his career in 1952 with the musical Singin’ in the Rain.

Actors: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin
Directors: Charles Walters
Writers: Sidney Sheldon, Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett
Producers: Arthur Freed
Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
Language: English (Mono)
Region: Region 1
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
Run Time: 107 minutes

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Editorial Review: If you can't join 'em, beat 'em! When his long-time dance partner abandons him for the Ziegfeld Follies, Don Hewes decides to show who's who what's what by choosing any girl out of a chorus line and transforming her into a star. So he makes his choice and takes his chances. Of course, since Fred Astaire portrays Don and Judy Garland plays the chorine, we know we're in for an entertainment sure thing.


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