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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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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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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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Trivia

It was Fred Astaire's idea that he and Gene Kelly perform together in a new dance number in the film. Astaire was afraid that if he and Kelly just stood around and talked to each other, the audience would think they were too old to dance any more. At the time, Astaire was in his late 70s and Kelly was in his mid 60s. 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: Cyd Charisse. Lovely, Cyd Charisse. How she dances. This is from "Singin' in the Rain."
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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

Swedish cinema version ran only 122 min (i.e., 11 min shorter) than the original cut. Following musical numbers were removed:
  • The Intro music was deleted
  • LADY BE GOOD ( "Lady be good" with Ann Sothern and Robert Young)
  • SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS ("Lonesome Polecats")
  • BROADWAY SERENADE ("Broadway Serenade" with Lew Ayres, Al Shean; "For Every Lonely Hearts": Jeanette MacDonald)
  • WORDS AND MUSIC ("Manhattan": Mickey Rooney, Tom Drake, Marshall Thompson)
  • THREE LITTLE WORDS ("Three little words": Fred Astaire, Red Skelton)
  • THE GREAT WALTZ ("Tales from the Vienna Woods": Fernand Gravet, Miliza Korjus)
  • AN AMERICAN IN PARIS ("Concerto in F": Oscar Levant)
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Connections

Features The Merry Widow (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Girls, Girls, Girls
(1907) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Lehár
Lyrics by Gus Kahn (1934)
Sung by Maurice Chevalier
from the movie The Merry Widow (1934)
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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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