Easter Parade (1948)



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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Sidney Sheldon, Guy Bolton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 15, 2005
MGM Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Easter Parade

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6)

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

Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Top Critic

Easter Parade may not strike the perfect balance between song-dance interludes and story, but it's an appealing show just the same.

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Easter Parade is the sort of musical to put your feet up for.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | April 23, 2011
Seattle Times
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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.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

too good to watch only at easter

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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