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That's Entertainment! (1974)



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This anthology of classic numbers from the great MGM musicals contains the most famous, breathtaking, spectacular, beautiful song and dance routines ever put to film. With a few noteworthy exceptions, MGM produced the vast majority of the great musicals in cinematic history, from their beginning in the late twenties right to the end of their popularity. Each of the showstopping routines featured in this compendium is enough to make a movie singlehandedly, yet here we are treated to over two hours of them, nonstop.

Included in That's Entertainment! is the most carefree movie musical number ever, "Singin' In the Rain," and the funniest movie musical number ever, "Make 'Em Laugh," both from the 1952 hit, Singin' In the Rain. For knock-out dance routines, it's hard to beat the barn raising scene in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. For innovation, try Fred Astaire dancing on the walls and ceiling in Royal Wedding, or Gene Kelly dancing with Jerry the mouse who matches his every move in Anchors Aweigh. There are countless more, nearly all gems, featuring the talents of the aforementioned Kelly and Astaire, as well as Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra, Donald O'Connor, Eleanor Powell, and literally dozens more. By far the best of the That's Entertainment! compilations, this is a real classic.

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