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Easter Parade (1948)

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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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

Mar 15, 2005

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Easter Parade is a musical with old and new Irving Berlin tunes and standout dance numbers.

August 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Easter Parade may not strike the perfect balance between song-dance interludes and story, but it's an appealing show just the same.

August 8, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Easter Parade is the sort of musical to put your feet up for.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

April 21, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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The Irving Berlin score is bright, and Walters is one director who knows when to leave Astaire to his own devices.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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."

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Charming love story plus great song and dance.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Pretty, deft, and tuneful but, given the top-rate talent involved, not particularly inspired.

August 15, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Gorgeous MGM musical with all-time greats Garland and Astaire.

May 4, 2006
Video-Reviewmaster.com

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.

June 27, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

It is Easter Paradewith Fred Astaire that's the prime example of what made Frances Gumm our Judy Garland.

April 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A decent MGM musical that is winsome only in its many Irving Berlin numbers.

March 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A trifle of a musical revue.

March 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
Slant Magazine

The movie is wholly out of style these days but fun stuff, nonetheless.

March 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The routines are less inventive than one might expect and the songs fail to stay in the heart.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Classic MGM musical. A little arch, but good.

November 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The slight plot is laced with generous dollops of vintage Irving Berlin songs, several of them staged with dazzling ingenuity.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

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.
August 18, 2010
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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.
June 9, 2008
jennifxu

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too good to watch only at easter
April 4, 2007
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