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.
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In the "Shubert Alley" section of the film, Astaire and Kelly dance together past marquees with famous song titles on them as a means of introducing the next selection of film clips. However, some of these song titles do not appear: "Moses Supposes" was supplanted by "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas;" "Drum Crazy" was cut in favor of "Steppin' Out With My Baby;" "The Stanley Steamer" was ultimately deleted in favor of "I Got Rhythm." None of the replacement songs are featured in marquees in the introductory sequence. See more
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
Fred, I hear tap dancing is popular again.
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
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)
Features Adam's Rib
I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Georges Guétary
from the movie An American in Paris (1951) See more