Easter Parade (1948)
Movie InfoFred 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Easter Parade
Easter Parade is a musical with old and new Irving Berlin tunes and standout dance numbers.
Easter Parade may not strike the perfect balance between song-dance interludes and story, but it's an appealing show just the same.
A fantastic movie, featuring two of the finest motion picture performers ever, Astaire and Judy Garland, in their only cinematic pairing. Ann Miller also stars in there, too, to spice things up even more.
The Irving Berlin score is bright, and Walters is one director who knows when to leave Astaire to his own devices.
The most famous act finds Garland and Astaire dressed as bums for "A Couple of Swells," but there's also ... the pair tackling the title tune and -- my favorite -- Astaire showing off his incomparable tap-dancing prowess in "Steppin' Out with My Baby."
Pretty, deft, and tuneful but, given the top-rate talent involved, not particularly inspired.
Gorgeous MGM musical with all-time greats Garland and Astaire.
While not one of the best musicals made by MGM or Arthur Freed, it's light, whimsical, entertaining, and the only opportunity to see Fred Astaire and Judy Garland together.
It is Easter Paradewith Fred Astaire that's the prime example of what made Frances Gumm our Judy Garland.
A decent MGM musical that is winsome only in its many Irving Berlin numbers.
The movie is wholly out of style these days but fun stuff, nonetheless.
The routines are less inventive than one might expect and the songs fail to stay in the heart.
Classic MGM musical. A little arch, but good.
Audience Reviews for Easter Parade
Another great Irving Berlin musical, with some superior talent in Astaire and Garland. The only thing that I am worrisome over is the entire concept that this movie ties in with the Easter Parade, when in fact it's barely mentioned.More
Okay, seriously, Fred Astaire - who are you kidding picking Judy Garland over Ann Miller? No man in his right mind would ever reject the always charming Ann Miller after that dazzling tap number for that lame-o tramp (and by tramp I mean bum, not slut) routine. Nevertheless, this was solid. The songs are great, Judy Garland's vibrato voice always works for her, and Fred Astaire taps dat off the walls! It's a delightful confection. Like eating an Easter candy.More
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