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That's Entertainment! III Reviews

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½ May 4, 2017
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)
December 3, 2016
A fine finale to the documentary trilogy... On Blu-ray.
March 11, 2016
Proof that the MGM vaults contain so many treasures that even a third instalment can't exhaust them. Particularly fascinating here are the outtakes and less well known excerpts. A frail Gene Kelly is among the hosts: it's a more fitting swansong than Xanadu.
December 17, 2015
not as good as first 2 volumes of this but watchable
½ August 3, 2015
Superb entry in the franchise that focuses on the cut footage & re-shot scenes that examine the MGM musical era in new ways. Some footage is a great 'what might have been', particularly the two numbers Judy Garland shot for "Annie Get Your Gun" before being recast after her mental breakdown. It also uses it to examine the darker side of Hollywood, particularly the great Lena Horne's segment, in which she discussed the racism she faced, whether having one number cut because it was considered 'indecent' to show a black girl singing in a tub or not being cast in "Show Boat" because the studio was afraid of depicting inter-racial romance (ironic, considering that is one of the main stories of the film). Also, it demonstrates the brilliance of many involved. One segment, in which Fred Astaire had "I Want to be a Dancing Man" re-shot with a different costume & setting, puts both versions side by side to show how perfectly in-sync his dancing is. Overall, the true sequel to "That's Entertainment", that gives a deeper examination of the MGM musical era while still celebrating it's greatness. Simply put, the stuff they left on the cutting room floor is better than what most other studios put out.
½ November 10, 2014
Presented in a similar way to the original 'That's Entertainment' rather than its sequel. It's a little bland for it but as a clip show it works once again, although the clips themselves are pretty much what were left out of the first two!
½ February 2, 2013
I just wish they?d label some of the movies so that i knew what to try & see
April 15, 2012
I love old musicals!
December 29, 2011
Am watching part III presently. This is a really good series, entertaining and a good over view of the history of movie entertainment, primarily musicals. The behind the scene information is intriguing, the chosen dance numbers are by the best in the business, really, there's not much to dislike here.
March 2, 2011
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!!!
November 15, 2010
Here's some film ratings.
½ November 15, 2010
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.
½ January 29, 2010
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.
½ October 28, 2009
Another good documentary on some classic musicals which I enjoy. Not as good as the first but a little better then Part II because of stories from more stars. Plus some better musical choices.
½ February 23, 2009
Unique in the series for bringing out lost clips. A wonderful, interesting, and educational addition!
January 30, 2009
Shows more good numbers with Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Esther Williams, Debbie Reynolds and Mickey Rooney.
January 7, 2009
Was a treat to see Lena Horne. There were scenes that wound up on the cutting room floor, like Lena Horne in a bubble bath from Cabin in the Sky (1943), a scene that was deemed too risque to keep in the completed film because it showed a black woman in the bathtub.

She appeared in a number of MGM musicals, most notably Cabin in the Sky (also 1943), but was never featured in a leading role due to her race and the fact that films featuring her had to be reedited for showing in states where theaters could not show films with African American performers. As a result, most of Horne's film appearances were stand-alone sequences that had no bearing on the rest of the film, so editing caused no disruption to the storyline; a notable exception was the all-black musical Cabin in the Sky, though even then one of her numbers had to be cut because it was considered too suggestive by the censors. "Ain't it the Truth" was the song (and scene) cut before the release of the film Cabin in the Sky. It featured Lena Horne singing "Ain't it the Truth," while taking a bubble bath (considered too "risque" by the film's executives). This scene and song are featured in the film "That's Entertainment III", which also features commentary from Lena Horne on why the scene was deleted prior to the film's release.

Horne wanted to be considered for the role of Julie LaVerne in MGM's 1951 version of Show Boat (having already played the role when a segment of Show Boat was performed in Till the Clouds Roll By) but Ava Gardner was hired to play the part (the production code office had banned interracial relationships in films). In the documentary That's Entertainment! III Horne stated that MGM executives required Gardner to practice her singing using recordings of Horne performing the songs, which offended both actresses (ultimately, Gardner ended up having her singing voice overdubbed by another actress (Annette Warren (Smith)) for the theatrical release, though her own voice was heard on the soundtrack album).
August 7, 2008
Presents lots of rare clips, trivia, and of course Gene, Judy, Mickey, Cyd Charisse, Ann Miller, and so on.
July 22, 2008
Shows more good numbers with Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Esther Williams, Debbie Reynolds and Mickey Rooney.
July 22, 2008
Shows more good numbers with Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Esther Williams, Debbie Reynolds and Mickey Rooney.
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