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Easter Parade


In 1912, Broadway star Don Hewes (Fred Astaire) is rejected by his dancing partner (Ann Miller) and takes on a younger performer (Judy Garland), thinking he can turn any inexperienced dancer into a star. One of Astaire and Garland‚Äôs biggest hits is much more than just a seasonal treat. It begins and ends with Easter parades in New York City and offers some of the star duo‚Äôs most famous interpretations of Irving Berlin songs (especially the title tune and the newly written ‚ÄĚSteppin‚Äô Out With My Baby‚ÄĚ). Their numbers are energetic, even if the two stars are at their best when separated. Jules Munshin has a nice little scene as a ma√ģtre d‚Äô explaining a signature salad.

1948-U.S. 103 min. Color. Produced by¬†Arthur Freed. Directed by¬†Charles Walters. Screenplay: Sidney Sheldon, Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett. Music: Johnny Green, Roger Edens. Songs: ‚ÄĚSteppin‚Äô Out With My Baby‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄĚA Couple of Swells‚ÄĚ (Irving Berlin). Cast: Judy Garland (Hannah Brown), Fred Astaire (Don Hewes), Peter Lawford (Jonathan Harrow), Ann Miller, Jules Munshin.

Trivia: Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse were first considered for leading roles.

Oscar: Best Scoring. 

Last word: “Arthur told me he was going to give me the film. I almost cried. It was a big film with a fat budget, and instead of June Allyson, I had Judy Garland and Gene Kelly [the original casting choice]. It’s a little like passing one day to the next from Bronx to the Palace Theatre.” (Walters, “Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance”)



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