That's Entertainment! III (1994)




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In 1974, MGM Studios released its first compilation of musical highlights from 45 years of Hollywood extravaganzas. Entitled That's Entertainment!, it was a big box-office hit and inspired a second compilation two years later. Eighteen years went by before MGM tried again. The third installment of the series contains a total of 62 musical numbers and includes scenes from more than 100 films. The cavalcade of memories is hosted by nine stars from the old musicals: Gene Kelly, Esther Williams, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Lena Horne, June Allyson, Cyd Charisse, Ann Miller, and Howard Keel. The film is loaded with outtakes and unfinished numbers that didn't make the cut of the original musicals. At many points, there is a split screen, showing the finished product as filmed as well as behind-the-scenes confusion. It's as much a comic "bloopers" TV show as a tribute to the heyday of the musical.
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Critic Reviews for That's Entertainment! III

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

This third installment takes a less reverent and a more behind-the-scenes approach.

Full Review… | October 20, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

who doesn't like singing and dancing when it's done by the best people in the business?

Full Review… | December 28, 2007
Movie Metropolis

Looking back with haunted nostalgia and sticky sentimentality, this is the third and weakest of the MGM musical anthologies; even so, there are some good numbers with Gene Kelly and the other troupers.

Full Review… | January 8, 2007

In some ways, it is not a third installment in the That's Entertainment! series as much as it is a parallel history of the MGM musical.

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for That's Entertainment! III


This film focuses on sequences that had been cut from MGM musicals, but outtakes aren't entertainment. That's presumably the reason they were taken out in the first place. A few of the actors come off as vain as they talk about their own accomplishments. I preferred it when they talked about the accomplishments of their peers as in the first two movies. For these reasons I found the film boring and annoying. Not that it didn't have some fun clips, but the first film in this series is the only one worth watching. (First and only viewing - 12/17/2014)

Adam R
Adam R

Marvelous!!! I think of the 3 "that's entertainment" films this is my favorite one. To het to see Lena Horne and June Allyson again is a great joy also, Mickey Rooney and Gene Kelly... But of course I love that they dedicate and entire segment to the best entertainer of the world. Miss Show Business, the one and only JUDY GARLAND... great musical numbers of her never seen before. Very Joyful!!!

Stefanie Rizzi
Stefanie Rizzi

It’s hard not to like a film with great clips from classic movies, and some great clips indeed. The behind the scenes footage is fascinating. Also the outtakes and deleted scenes. Not all the musical numbers shown are stellar numbers, but it's a very interesting documentary.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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