Easter Parade

Easter Parade

Director: Charles Walters Cast: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford


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Fred Astaire had announced his retirement before the cameras began to roll on Easter Parade, but he decided to accept the film's leading role when its original star Gene Kelly became incapacitated. The thinnish plot, which finds Astaire trying to turn chorus girl Judy Garland into a star in order to show up his former partner Ann Miller, is hardly what keeps the audience's eyes riveted to the screen. All that truly matters are the 17 musical numbers, all written by Irving Berlin (ten were standards, while seven were new to this film). Among the many highlights are Astaire's slow-motion version of "Steppin' Out," the Astaire/Garland duet "We're a Couple of Swells," the opening rendition of "Happy Easter," and the closing performance of the title number. So successful was Easter Parade that plans were immediately drawn to reteam Fred Astaire and Judy Garland in The Barkeleys of Broadway; this time, however, it was Garland who withdrew, to be replaced by Astaire's most famous vis-à-vis, Ginger Rogers.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/15/2005
UPC: 0012569514225
Original Release: 1948
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judy Garland Hannah Brown
Fred Astaire Don Hewes
Peter Lawford Jonathan Harrow III
Ann Miller Nadine Hale
Jules Munshin Francois, Headwaiter
Clinton Sundberg Mike the Bartender
Jeni Le Gon Essie
Richard Beavers Singer
Helene Heigh Hat Shop Owner
Doris Kemper Mary
Nolan Leary Drug Store Clerk
Frank Mayo Headwaiter
Jeanne Romer "Delineator" Twin
Lynn Romer "Delineator" Twin
Patricia Jackson Specialty Girl
Bob Jellison Drugstore Customer
Lola Albright Hat Model Showgirl
Joi Lansing Hat Model Showgirl
Benay Venuta Bar Patron
Shirley Ballard Showgirl
Jimmy Bates Boy in "Drum Crazy" Number
Margaret Bert Florist
Peter Chong Sam, valet
Fern Eggen Salesgirl
Harry Fox Desk Clerk
Sig Frohlich Callboy
Ruth Hall Showgirl
Robert E. O'Connor Policeman
Albert Pollet Waiter
Ralph Sanford Hotel Detective
Dee Turnell Dancer
Patricia Walker Showgirl
Wilson Wood Marty, Rehearsal Pianist
Jimmy Dodd Cabby
Howard Mitchell Drugstore Patron
Dick Simmons Ziegfeld Aide

Technical Credits
Charles Walters Director,Choreography
Albert Akst Editor
Robert Alton Choreography
Fred Astaire Choreography
Irving Berlin Songwriter
Guy Bolton Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
Roger Edens Associate Producer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Arthur Freed Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Frances Goodrich Original Story,Screenwriter
Roger Green Musical Direction/Supervision
Johnny Green Musical Direction/Supervision
Albert Hackett Original Story,Screenwriter
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Sidney Sheldon Screenwriter
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Irene Valles Costumes/Costume Designer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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Easter Parade 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is perhaps the best display of a love triange/square. Fred Astire one of the best hoofers of his generation came out of retiremen to add to the masterpiece of this film. Ann Miller is completely under appreicated for her performance. Her tap danceing skills in the Follies is some of the best I've ever seen. Judy Garland not only shines as a singer and dancing but her acting skills are way above par. This may be her best acted movie of her career. It is a fun film for the whole family. A good movie for any time of the year (don't just during Easter).
Guest More than 1 year ago
why arent the movies of possibly the greatest performers in cinematic history not on dvd and dont forget anne miller at her usual perfection its a great movie
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it has wonderful music, great costumes, and great dance numbers.
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