Easter Parade (1948)

 


 

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Don Hewes and Nadine Hale are a dancing team, but she decides to start a career on her own. So he takes the next dancer he meets, Hannah Brown, as a new partner. After a while this new team is so successful, that Florence Ziegfeld is interested in them, but due to the fact, that Nadine Hale dances also in the Ziegfeld Follies Don says no. Inspite of the fact, that he is in love with Hannah, he keeps the relation to her strictly business. So Hannah is of the opinion, that he is still in love with Nadine, and her suspicion grows, when he dances with Nadine in a Night ClubFloor Show.

Written by
Stephan Eichenberg <[email protected]>

On the day before Easter in 1911, Don Hewes is crushed when his dancing partner (and object of affection) Nadine Hale refuses to start a new contract with him. To prove Nadine\’s not important to him, Don acquires innocent new protegee Hannah Brown, vowing to make her a star in time for next year\’s Easter parade.

Written by
Diana Hamilton <[email protected]>

Genre: Musical,Romance

Easter Parade (1948)
   
Release Date: 8 July 1948 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Charles Walters
Cast:
  • Judy Garland
  • Fred Astaire
  • Peter Lawford
  • Ann Miller
  • Jules Munshin
  • Clinton Sundberg
  • Richard Beavers


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33 Responses to Easter Parade (1948)

  1. bdod5489
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    Am I the only one who thinks Fred Astaire’s character doesn’t deserve (or really love) Judy’s character in this film?

    He acts like an absolute beast toward her and is far too old to end up with such a beautiful young woman.

    I always feel like something darker is going on beneath the surface of the film as the end song swells so cheerily. Very complex, I love it!

  2. nichole-23
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    Besides the beginning and the end, this movie isn’t really about Easter very much – WHICH IS FINE, of course :). Just wondering if people watch it around Easter time. I’m thinking of watching it tonight.

  3. stewartr-1
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    Was Easter parade originally filmed in Black & White or Color. Although IMDb says color, my son thought it was Black and White, then colorized.

  4. a_rarden
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    I love Fred Astaire, but I have to admit that I’m a bit disappointed in Easter Parade.

    I loved Fred in The Gay Divorcee and one of my very favorite movies is Holiday Inn. So when I heard that there was a small string of movies made that all started from the original Holiday Inn scores, I was really looking forward to seeing them…especially Easter Parade. I finally caught it on TCM tonight.

    Fred did great in his acting, singing and dancing (of course), and I was pretty impressed with Ann Miller (this was the first movie I’ve seen her in), but the movie itself just didn’t do it for me.

    **okay people…get ready to shun, beause I know there will be plenty of you out there who will dislike what you’re about to read**

    I think part of what I didnt like about it was Judy Garland. I just don’t think she did very good in it. I’ve seen two movies with her in it that I can enjoy: (1) Wizard of Oz (because she was young enough in her acting career to be excused for some of her childish acting), and (2) Meet Me In St. Louis (because the story, the music, and the actors surrounding her were so great that you could overlook her faults).

    But, because of Fred Astaire and Ann Miller, I will consider giving the movie another few tries, and you never know…it may grow on me eventually

  5. marknyc
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    Someone asked me to pick what I felt was the best overall musical film ever made – script, songs, dancing, etc. – and I ended up with this one. I know "Singin’ In The Rain" is generally considered to be the best, but I would put EP right up there with it.

    What do others think?

  6. csu16387
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    When I was watching The Band Wagon on TCM last weekend, Peter Bogdanovich mentioned that Fred Astaire was retired just five years before that film was released. Gene Kelly broke his ankle and asked if Fred Astaire could replace him and he accepted, obviously. I absolutely enjoy Gene Kelly and his dancing. However, if not for Gene’s unfortunate accident, we may not have ever seen more of Fred Astaire’s great dancing in this delightful musical as well as The Band Wagon and others from the late 1940’s and 1950’s.

    Other comments?

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  7. RichN36
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    Where this whole movie was Amazing I found this song the best of all. I just wonder how they filmed the Dance Sequence where Frend was dancing in slow Motion and the rest of the chorus was dancing in real time.

    Any Ideas out there?

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  8. roystrutt
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    Where can I find the Lyrics to Easter Parade.

    I need a couple of lines mentioning photographer and Photogravure.

  9. Rehoboth
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    So what exactly is the recipe for the salad?

    Has anyone tried to make it? !!!

    I have an eternal hope.

    KEIRAHOLIC Nº6.

  10. truthlord
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    In this wonderful richly charactered (for a musical)film there is a magical dance moment with a magically genuinely-I mean genuinely – attractive girl dancer.She is in the Steppin Out number and is the FIRST dancer Astaire picks on to dance with(she is sitting among the other dancers after Astaire comes down the steps) Their minute of dancing together is one of the best dancing sequences in any musical.Im ashamed to say I am fascinated by this dancer-who must now be about eighty.Who was she and what happened to her.Any information?

  11. Glen_and_Glenda
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    Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Lovely Costumes, Glorious Technicolor, Songs by Irving Berlin, what more could you want?

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  12. Chuck40
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    Has anyone else ever noticed how, in "Shaking the Blues Away", Ann Miller’s hair is significantly darker in the back than on top? It is really distracting to the number. It’s as if a cheap black fall was attached to her short auburn hair. I don’t think even strong lighting can be the explanation for that one. And it doesn’t seem to be a hairnet or "feathery" ornament. How could MGM’s costumers or cinematogrpaher overlook that one?

  13. cadillacman52
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    I love this film and my favorite number is the "Walk up the Avenue" where Fred and Judy are in hobo costumes. I just wondered if this is anyone else’s favorite. Or what are some of the other favorite numbers? Every time I watch a Garland film I am just blown away by what an incredible talent she was. It’s such a shame that her personal life was so messed up.

  14. kbuckers
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    Dont you just love it near the end when she is getting him ready for the parade, how she winks at him, i think it is so cute, and if its not too weird a bit sexy! is this just me or others noticed it too?

  15. gumbos
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    I can’t believe there are only 4 topics on this magnificent film! This film is excellent! Judy Garland is fabulous! Her movies never bore me. Fred Astaire is such a wonderful dancer and I love Ann Miller’s Shakin’ The Blues Away! Classic!

    "It’s lonely and cold on the top… lonely and cold" – Judy Garland

  16. annie707
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    Who would be who? I think Christina Aguilera is the only voice nowadays who could come close to Judy. Anne Hathaway seems smart enough for Nadine. Maybe Freddie Prinze Jr for Peter Crawford’s role. But I’m at a loss for Fred Astaire’s part. What do you all think?

  17. bsw3222
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    YAY! has anyone seen the DVD of Easter Parade cause it has the delted number Mr Monotony which was cut from the film! I have heard she wears the "Get Happy" costume…i have the song and it is really good but the DVD hasnt been out here yet so i dont know whats its like….does anyone else?

  18. kindredspirit03
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    I just watched this movie for the first time last night…loved it of course (JG is awesome!) However, I couldn’t help being a little surprised at the white dress she wears at the end. Did anyone else think it was a little "revealing" (as in "see-through")?

  19. CarrieFisherFan
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    I heard that gene kelly was set to star in this one, but he broke his ankle (or something like that) so Fred was given the part instead.

    Who Do you think would have been better?

    I think Fred, Gene’s great, but I think Fred is a better ballroom dancer, it suits him better(in my opinion).

    “Instant gratification takes too long.”—Carrie Fisher

  20. johandav
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    As everyone here quite likely knows, Gene Kelly was scheduled to co-star in Easter Parade with Judy Garland, and shortly before filming started he was hurt and they got Fred Astaire to fill in for him (pulling him out of retirement).

    Does anyone else out there think that they should have rewritten the love story when this recasting took place? Fred Astaire was 23 years older than Judy Garland, and looked it. When he kisses her I get a smaller version of the cringe that I felt when I saw Woody Allen kissing Mariel Hemingway in Manhattan. Plus, Garland and Astaire have very little chemistry in the movie, in my opinion. Gene Kelly and Judy Garland would have been fine together, I think; he was ten years older than she was but had a very youthful look (he was twenty years older than Debbie Reynolds in Singing in the Rain and they were fine together).

    I think that the ending should have been rewritten so that Judy’s Hannah Brown ended up with Peter Lawford’s Johnny. They seemed much better together. And he seemed to love her – even at the end of the film I never believed that about Fred Astaire’s Don Hewes.

    Anybody out there agree or disagree with this opinion?

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  21. MrsAsh
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    the classic film is now a play!!!! it premered at the Chanhassen Diner Theatre in chanhassen MN on 20th of May 2007


    I am Jack’s *complete* lack of surprise

  22. Jackaldog
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    In the scene where Johnny aka Peter Lawford sets up the lunch between Nadine and Don, the Francois says something about "Oh, Misour had that last nite" and Nadine is all shocked and Johnny coughes and changes the subject really quick.

    So who was he out w/?

    Also, when he meets Hannah for the second time and finds out who she is, he promises to square their date w/ Don. But when he gets there that nite, Don doesn’t know anything about their date.

    You get the impression Nadine had tried to tie him down but it was all her delusion not him. But, was sweet little as sweet as he seemed and just absent minded or just a player?

    Jack

    When men come to like a sea-life, they are not fit to live on land…

    –Dr. Samuel Johnson, 1776

  23. kingbjbob
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    i was just wondering if Easter Parade was on the Broadway stage. does anyone know.

  24. anglfce515
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    a movie called easter parade is listed for 2008. I really hope it’s not a remake of this. I’ll be so pissed. :(

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  25. KatharineHepburnFan
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    I thought every year, well basically April they put it on television!

    I hope so, it’s almost Easter


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  26. andcancelado
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    I did! It is a MUST-HAVE in your DVD collection! In the special features it includes the wonderful American Masters documentry that aired on PBS in 2004. BUY IT NOW!

  27. georgestrum
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    Just as I watch watch White Christmas every Christmas I watch Easter Parade every Easter. This is one of my favorite films. I also was born in 1948 so we are the same age. I love the start when Fred whistles and greets everyone with a Happy Easter. The toy shop was well filmed. Notice the background of the shop clerks going about their business, it was very realistic. Another realistic touch was Fred trying to cajole Ann Miller to dance on the porch and she tells him it was too cold and she warms herself by the fireplace, fabulous.This film was one the best acting Judy has done next to Star Is Born.Judy complains that the rubber band on her leg began to bother her, great! In other films that would have been forgotten. I learned to do the Walk Up The Avenue routine just by watching it and done it in a community talent show with a partner and we were a hit. Just as I dye eggs every Easter I will always watch and enjoy Easter Parade.

  28. KindvomWolf
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    Does anyone know where I can find a clip of that dance scene? I’d like one for a fanvid I’m making.

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  29. polo_tottie
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    I don’t like him. what’s the deal with this guy? who’s side is he on? maybe i’m just being really stupid, but he seems to be playing nadine and hannah (& playing them off eachother).

    my memory of the film is a bit fuzzy, but i remember a bit where he takes hannah to dinner and she tells him how it is: she is in love with don, and doesn’t stop talking about him the whole evening and gets upset over him… yet John is pretty much coming on to her asking if he has a chance (?!) and then a minute later he’s calling up Nadine to ask HER out.. he just seems to be constantly switching his loyalties.. there was another bit where i thought ‘what’s he playing at?!’ and got quite annoyed with him, but i can’t remember it now and my dvd is in my other house which is 4 hours away which sucks, but i’ll let you know what it is next time i go there.

    yeah he gets don and hannah together in the end, but who is the first person he calls up? Nadine. He doesn’t love her, he loves Hannah, so why is he stringing Nadine along now? (not that nadine actually loves anyone except herself).

    Did anyone else think he wasn’t as squeaky clean as he makes out?

    ‘Be a first rate version of yourself. Not a second rate version of someone else’ – Judy Garland

  30. zzilly14
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    I recorded this film on Tivo when it aired back on Easter, and I finally got around to watching it today. However, I didn’t get to see the ending! For some reason it stopped recording before the movie ended. I was wondering if I missed anything substantial?

    Here’s what I saw… Judy Garland’s character burst into Fred Astaire’s apartment after he received a bunch of gifts for Easter (a bunny rabbit, a hat), and then they started singing and dancing for a few minutes, and that’s when it stopped. If you could let me know I would appreciate it. Thanks!

  31. KatharineHepburnFan
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    One of Judy Garland’s most memorable, movie of all times. I watched it last night, for the first time. It was truly touching, seeing Fred Astaire dancing away. Ann Miller, and her breathtaking tap dancing performance. I must say, Judy Garland’s singing was magnificent as ever. I most likely, did admire the song " Easter Parade. " The ending, was terrific. I loved this musical, I’ll treasure it in my heart forever.


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  32. Anonymous
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    This message has been deleted by the poster

  33. davismargaret
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    On the internet, the Couple of Swells line about the girls is given as:

    We’re the favorite lads

    Of the girls in the picture lads

    We’d like to tell you who we kissed last night but we can’t be cads

    I remember it as something more like:

    We’re a couple of lads

    The beaux of the girls in the ads

    Etc.

    How is it actually sung in the movie?

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