Easter Parade (1948)



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In this film, Fred Astaire tries to turn chorus girl Judy Garland into a star in order to show up his former partner. Among the musical highlights are Astaire's slow-motion version of Steppin' Out, the Astaire/Garland duet We're a Couple of Swells, and the closing performance of the title number.
Classics , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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MGM Home Entertainment

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Fred Astaire
as Don Hewes
Judy Garland
as Hannah Brown
Ann Miller
as Nadine Hale
Peter Lawford
as Jonathan Harrow III
Jules Munshin
as Francois
Clinton Sundberg
as Mike the Bartender
Jeni Le Gon
as Essie
Wilson Wood
as Marty
Jimmie Bates
as Boy With Astaire in `Drum Crazy' Musical Number
Dee Turnell
as Specialty Girl
Bobbie Priest
as Specialty Girl
Patricia Jackson
as Specialty Girl
Lola Albright
as Hat Model Showgirl
Joi Lansing
as Hat Model Showgirl
Lynn Romer
as `Delineator' Twin
Jeanne Romer
as `Delineator' Twin
Helene Heigh
as Modiste
Nolan Leary
as Drug Store Clerk
Doris Kemper
as Mary, Hannah's Backstage Maid
Frank Mayo
as Headwaiter
Benay Venuta
as Bar Patron
Carmi Tryon
as Dog Act
Jimmie Dodd
as Cabby
Robert Emmett O'Connor
as Cop Who Gives Johnny a Ticket
Bob Jellison
as Drugstore Customer
Ralph Sanford
as Hotel Detective
Margaret Bert
as Florist
Fern Eggen
as Salesgirl in `Drum Crazy' Musical Number
Albert Pollet
as Waiter
Angie Poulis
as Peddler With Umbrella
Sig Frohlich
as Callboy at Roof Garden
Harry Fox
as Hotel Front Desk Clerk
Howard Mitchell
as Drugstore Customer
Elaine Sterling
as Showgirl
Patricia Vaniver
as Showgirl
Shirley Ballard
as Showgirl
Ruth Hall
as Showgirl
Gail Langford
as Showgirl
Patricia Walker
as Showgirl
Marjorie Jackson
as Showgirl
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Critic Reviews for Easter Parade

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

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 7, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 25, 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 20, 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… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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."

Full Review… | March 6, 2013
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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.
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
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

too good to watch only at easter

jay nixon
jay nixon

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