Easter Parade
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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 standards, while seven were new to this film). Among the many highlights are Astaire's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Easter Parade is a musical with old and new Irving Berlin tunes and standout dance numbers."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"Charming love story plus great song and dance."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A trifle of a musical revue."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Easter Parade may not strike the perfect balance between song-dance interludes and story, but it's an appealing show just the same."
‑ Thomas M. Pryor, New York Times
"The Irving Berlin score is bright, and Walters is one director who knows when to leave Astaire to his own devices."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Pretty, deft, and tuneful but, given the top-rate talent involved, not particularly inspired."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It is Easter Paradewith Fred Astaire that's the prime example of what made Frances Gumm our Judy Garland."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"The movie is wholly out of style these days but fun stuff, nonetheless."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Easter Parade is the sort of musical to put your feet up for."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"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.""
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Gorgeous MGM musical with all-time greats Garland and Astaire."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"A decent MGM musical that is winsome only in its many Irving Berlin numbers."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The routines are less inventive than one might expect and the songs fail to stay in the heart."
‑ , Film4
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