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Release Date: October 12, 2004

From the Warner Home Video sell sheet:

That’s Entertainment! DVDs make their long-awaited DVD debut on OCTOBER 12th!

That’s Entertainment! October 12th marks the long-awaited DVD debut of all 3 of MGM’s acclaimed song and dance compilations – That’s Entertainment 1,2,& 3!  The greatest movie musical moments of all time are brilliantly assembled here to provide hours of cinematic pleasure.  Screen legends Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire lead the roster of stars who host the assemblage of classic Hollywood magic.  Each of the THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT films has been newly remastered and presented in 5.1 surround sound.  Those numbers never looked or sounded so good!  The That’s Entertainment: The Complete Collection is a FOUR disc Deluxe boxed-set including 1 entire EXCLUSIVE DVD bursting with bonus features: TREASURES FROM THE VAULT contains rare TV specials, all-star premiere footage, behind the scenes documentaries, and a “That’s Entertainment Jukebox” with 16 rarely-seen outtake musical numbers from MGM’s golden age.  The 4 Disc That’s Entertainment: The Complete Collection is available for $49.92 SRP.  Each That’s Entertainment films is also sold separately for $19.97 SRP

• 4 Disc Collection is $49.92 SRP – Great Consumer Value!

• Huge media awareness. A big publicity campaign is planned followed by a National TV, newspaper, print, and online campaign!

• Cross promoted by Turner Classic Movies – airing all three films as part of their mammoth tribute to movie musicals all month this October!

• For Maximum viewing experience, The That’s Entertainment Collection contains both the 16×9 widescreen and full-frame versions of each film.

That’s Entertainment!

The original 1974 film that started it all!  

Hosts:  Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, Debbie Reynolds, Bing Crosby, James Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Donald O’Connor, and Liza Minnelli

Special Features:

All-New 30th-Anniversary digital transfer

Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1

Introduction by Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne

Theatrical Trailer


Overture – The MGM Studio Orchestra

Singin’ in the Rain – Prologue Medley:

  • Cliff Edwards (The Hollywood Revue of 1929 – 1929)
  • Jimmy Durante (Speak Easily – 1932)
  • Judy Garland (Little Nellie Kelly – 1940)
  • Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor (Singin’ in the Rain – 1952)

That’s Entertainment! – The MGM Studio Orchestra

The Broadway Melody – Charles King (The Broadway Melody – 1929)

Rosalie – Chorus, dancing by Eleanor Powell (Rosalie – 1937)

Indian Love Call – Nelson Eddy & Jeanette MacDonald (Rose-Marie – 1936)

A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody – Allan Jones (for Dennis Morgan) (The Great Ziegfeld – 1936)

Begin the Beguine – dancing by Fred Astaire & Eleanor Powell (Broadway Melody of 1940 – 1940)

The Song’s Gotta Come from the Heart – Frank Sinatra & Jimmy Durante (It Happened in Brooklyn – 1947)

The Melody of Spring – Elizabeth Taylor (Cynthia – 1947)

Honeysuckle Rose – Lena Horne (Thousands Cheer – 1943)

Take Me Out to the Ball Game – Gene Kelly & Frank Sinatra (Take Me Out to the Ball Game – 1949)

Thou Swell – June Allyson with Pete Roberts & Eugene Cox (for Ramon Blackburn & Royce Blackburn) (Words and Music – 1948)

The Varsity Drag – MGM Studio Chorus (Dancing by June Allyson, Peter Lawford, and cast) (Good News – 1947)

Clips and excerpt from Ceremonial Dance from On An Island With You (1948)

Aba Daba Honeymoon – Debbie Reynolds & Carleton Carpenter (Two Weeks with Love – 1950)

It’s a Most Unusual Day – Jean McLaren (for by Elizabeth Taylor),  Jane Powell with Wallace Beery, Scotty Beckett, George Cleveland, Leon Ames, Carmen Miranda, Selena Royle, Robert Stack, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jerry Hunter, featuring the Xavier Cugat Orchestra (A Date with Judy – 1948)

On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe – Judy Garland & the MGM Studio Chorus (The Harvey Girls – 1946)

Clip of stars at MGM commissary from Show People (1928) including:  Renee Adoree, Douglas Fairbanks, John Gilbert, William S. Hart, Mae Murray, Louella Parsons, and Norma Talmadge

It Must Be You – Robert Montgomery (Free and Easy – 1930)

Got a Feelin’ for You – Joan Crawford & Chorus (introduced by Conrad Nagel) (The Hollywood Revue of 1929 – 1929)

Reckless – Virginia Verrill (for Jean Harlow) (Reckless – 1935)

Did I Remember – Virginia Verrill (for Jean Harlow) & Cary Grant (Suzy – 1936)

Easy to Love – Marjorie Lane (for Eleanor Powell) & James Stewart (Born to Dance – 1936)

Puttin’ on the Ritz – Clark Gable & Ensemble (Idiot’s Delight – 1939)

Dear Mr. Gable (You Made Me Love You) – Judy Garland (Broadway Melody of 1938 – 1937)

Clip of Mickey Rooney tap dance from Broadway to Hollywood (1933)

Dialogue clips from Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland films:  Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938); Babes on Broadway (1942 (with Virginia Wielder); Girl Crazy (1943) (with Guy Kibbee, Nancy Walker); Babes in Arms (1939) (with June Preisser, Rand Brooks); Babes on Broadway (1942); Strike Up The Band (1940); Babes on Broadway (1942); Girl Crazy (1943); Babes in Arms (1939)

Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland Medley:

  • Babes in Arms – Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Douglas McPhail, Betty Jaynes & Chorus (Babes in Arms – 1939)
  • Hoe Down – MGM Studio Orchestra (Babes on Broadway – 1941)
  • Do the La Conga – MGM Studio Orchestra (Strike Up the Band – 1940)
  • Waitin’ for the Robert E. Lee – Judy Garland / Babes on Broadway – Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Ray McDonald, Virginia Weidler, Richard Quine, Annie Rooney, and the MGM Studio Chorus (Babes on Broadway – 1941)
  • Strike Up the Band – Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, and Chorus (Strike Up the Band – 1940)

The Babbitt and the Bromide – dancing by Gene Kelly & Fred Astaire (Ziegfeld Follies – 1946)

They Can’t Take That Away from Me – dancing by Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers; sung by Fred Astaire (The Barkleys of Broadway – 1949)

Heigh-Ho the Gang’s All Here – Fred Astaire & Joan Crawford (Dancing Lady – 1933)

I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan – Fred Astaire & Jack Buchanan (The Band Wagon – 1953)

Sunday Jumps – dancing by Fred Astaire (Royal Wedding – 1951)

Shoes With Wings On – dancing by Fred Astaire (The Barkleys of Broadway – 1949)

You’re All the World to Me – dancing by Fred Astaire (Royal Wedding – 1951)

Dancing in the Dark – dancing by Fred Astaire & Cyd Charisse (The Band Wagon – 1953)

Esther Williams Montage:

  • Pagan Love Song – MGM Studio Chorus (Pagan Love Song – 1950)
  • You and You (aka Du und Du, Op. 367) (Bathing Beauty – 1944)
  • Viennese Blood (aka Wiener Blut, Op. 354) also includes water ballets from Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)

I Wanna Be Loved by You – Helen Kane (for Debbie Reynolds) & Carleton Carpenter (Three Little Words – 1950)

Clip from 1949 short featuring MGM’s 25th Anniversary luncheon.

I Gotta Hear That Beat – Ann Miller (Small Town Girl – 1953)

Be My Love – Kathryn Grayson & Mario Lanza (The Toast of New Orleans – 1950)

Make ‘Em Laugh – Donald O’Connor (Singin’ in the Rain – 1952)

Show Boat Medley (Show Boat – 1951):

  • Cotton Blossom – MGM Studio Chorus
  • Make Believe – Kathryn Grayson & Howard Keel
  • Ol’ Man River – William Warfield & MGM Studio Chorus 

By Myself – Fred Astaire (The Band Wagon – 1953)

Be a Clown – dancing by Gene Kelly & The Nicholas Brothers (The Pirate – 1948)

The Children’s Dance – Gene Kelly (Living in a Big Way – 1947)

The Pirate Ballet – Gene Kelly (The Pirate – 1948)

La Cumparsita – Gene Kelly (Anchors Aweigh – 1945)

New York, New York – Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, & Jules Munshin (On the Town – 1949)

The Worry Song – dancing by Gene Kelly & Jerry Mouse; sung by Gene Kelly & Sara Berner (Anchors Aweigh – 1945)

Broadway Melody Ballet excerpt – Gene Kelly & Ensemble (Singin’ in the Rain – 1952)

In the Good Old Summertime – MGM Studio Chorus (In the Good Old Summertime – 1949)

La Cucaracha – The Garland Sisters (La Fiesta de Santa Barbara – 1935)

Waltz with a Swing & Americana – Judy Garland & Deanna Durbin (Every Sunday – 1936)

Your Broadway and My Broadway – dancing Judy Garland, Buddy Ebsen (Broadway Melody of 1938 – 1937)

Wizard Of Oz Medley (The Wizard of Oz – 1939):

  • You’re Off to See the Wizard – The Munchkins (the MGM Studio Chorus)
  • If I Only Had the Nerve – Judy Garland, Bert Lahr, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley & Buddy Ebsen
  • We’re Off to See the Wizard – Judy Garland, Bert Lahr, Ray Bolger & Jack Haley and Buddy Ebsen
  • Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland 

But Not for Me – Judy Garland (Girl Crazy – 1943)

The Trolley Song, Under The Bamboo Tree, & The Boy Next Door –  Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien (Meet Me In St. Louis – 1944)

Get Happy – Judy Garland (Summer Stock – 1950)

Going Hollywood – Bing Crosby (Going Hollywood – 1933)

Well, Did You Evah? – Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra (High Society – 1956)

True Love – Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly (High Society – 1956)

Hallelujah! – Kay Armen, Ann Miller, Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Vic Damone, Russ Tamblyn, Tony Martin, & Chorus (Hit the Deck – 1955)

Barn Raising (Bless Your Beautiful Hide) – MGM Studio Orchestra (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – 1954)

Gigi – Louis Jourdan (Gigi – 1958)

Thank Heaven for Little Girls – Maurice Chevalier (Gigi – 1958)

An American in Paris Ballet excerpt – dancing by Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, and Ensemble (An American in Paris – 1951)

Here is the rare scene index document that lists every single clip used in the film, plus its source film.  Shared by Hisato M.  Thank you, Hisato!  

Click on the image or here to see the full PDF document.

That’s Entertainment, Part 2

Originally titled That’s Entertainment, Too!, this sequel to the 1974 hit took a different tone by adding themed sequences that focused on the comedy and dramatic films of MGM in addition to the musicals.  The big difference, and biggest plus, was the addition of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly as co-hosts for the entire film which gave them a chance to dance together on film for the second and last time.  Their first time has been in MGM’s Ziegfeld Follies of 1946 in which they performed “The Babbit and the Bromide” (featured in the original That’s Entertainment!).

Also of note is the “Main Title” sequence which was designed by legendary Hollywood graphic designer Saul Bass.

Special Features:

All-New digital transfer

Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1

Introduction by Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne

Theatrical Trailer


Overture – The MGM Studio Orchestra

Main Title – The MGM Studio Orchestra

That’s Entertainment! – Fred Astaire, Nanette Fabray, Oscar Levant, and Jack Buchanan (The Band Wagon 1953), segues into new intro by Astaire and Gene Kelly

For Me and My Gal – Judy Garland & Gene Kelly (For Me and My Gal – 1942)

Fascinatin’ Rhythm – dance by Eleanor Powell (Lady Be Good – 1941)

I Got a Feelin’ You’re Foolin’ – Robert Taylor & June Knight (Broadway Melody of 1936 – 1935)

La Chica Chaca – dance by Greta Garbo (Two-Faced Woman – 1941)

I Wanna Be a Dancin’ Man – Fred Astaire The Belle of New York – 1952)

Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo – Leslie Caron & Mel Ferrer (Lili – 1953)

Be a Clown – Gene Kelly & Judy Garland (The Pirate – 1948)

Be a Clown (special material) – Fred Astaire

The Marx Brothers, Allan Jones & Margaret Dumont in the Stateroom Scene from A Day at The Races (1937)

From This Moment On – Tommy Rall, Ann Miller, Bob Fosse, Bobby Van, Carol Haney & Jeanne Coyne (Kiss Me Kate – 1953)

All of You – Fred Astaire & Cyd Charisse (Silk Stockings – 1957)

The Lady Is a Tramp – Lena Horne (Words and Music – 1948)

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – Kathryn Grayson, dance by Marge Champion, & Gower Champion (Lovely to Look At – 1952)

Easter Parade – Judy Garland & Fred Astaire (Easter Parade – 1948)

Color Change (That’s Entertainment! special material) – Gene Kelly

Temptation – Bing Crosby (Going Hollywood – 1933)

Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart – Judy Garland (Listen, Darling – 1938)

Taking a Chance on Love – Ethel Waters (Cabin in the Sky – 1943)

Swingin’ the Jinx Away – dance by Eleanor Powell (Born to Dance – 1936)

Stout Hearted Men & Lover, Come Back to Me – Nelson Eddy & Jeanette MacDonald (New Moon – 1940)

Inka Dinka Doo – Jimmy Durante (Two Girls and a Sailor – 1944)

I Got Rhythm – Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (Girl Crazy – 1943)

Be A Clown (special material) – Gene Kelly

Slapstick Comedy Sequence featuring scenes from:

  • Battle of the Century (1937) (pies in faces sequence)
  • We Faw Down (1928) (Woman fires rifle & men jump out of windows)
  • The Second Hundred Years (1927) (Laurel & Hardy)
  • Habeas Corpus (1928) (Laurel & Hardy)
  • Leave ‘Em Laughing (1928) (Laurel & Hardy and Edgar Kennedy)
  • Abbott and Costello in Hollywood (1945) (Abbott & Costello)

The Wedding of the Painted Doll – Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown, and Ensemble (introduced by Jack Benny) (The Songwriters Revue – 1930) and (The Broadway Melody – 1929)

New scene of Sammy Cahn at the piano.

Lady be Good – Ann Sothern & Robert Young (Lady Be Good – 1941)

Dramatic scene from Broadway Serenade (1939) of Al Shean convincing Lew Ayres to write “For Every Lonely Heart” for Jeanette MacDonald.

For Every Lonely Heart – Jeanette MacDonald (Broadway Serenade – 1939)

Manhattan – Mickey Rooney (Words and Music – 1948)

Three Little Words – Fred Astaire & Red Skelton (Three Little Words – 1950)

Tales from the Vienna Woods – Fernand Gravet & Miliza Korjus (The Great Waltz – 1938)

That’s Entertainment! (special material) aka Shubert Alley – Fred Astaire & Gene Kelly

Good Morning – Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, & Debbie Reynolds (Singin’ in the Rain – 1952)

Triplets – Fred Astaire, Nanette Fabray, & Jack Buchanan (The Band Wagon – 1953)

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland (Meet Me in St. Louis – 1944)

Steppin’ Out with My Baby – Fred Astaire (Easter Parade – 1948)

Ten Cents a Dance – Doris Day (Love Me or Leave Me – 1955)

I Got Rhythm – Gene Kelly (An American in Paris – 1951)

(Love Is) The Tender Trap – Frank Sinatra (The Tender Trap – 1955)

I’ll Walk Alone – Frank Sinatra at the Paramount Theater ca. 1944

Ol’ Man River – Frank Sinatra (Till the Clouds Roll By – 1946)

I Fall in Love Too Easily – Frank Sinatra (Anchors Aweigh – 1945)

I Believe – Frank Sinatra (It Happened in Brooklyn – 1947)

You’re Sensational – Frank Sinatra (High Society – 1956)

I Begged Her – Frank Sinatra & Gene Kelly (Anchors Aweigh – 1945)

Ol’ Man River (reprise) – Frank Sinatra (Till the Clouds Roll By – 1946)

Be A Clown (special material) – Fred Astaire & Gene Kelly

Dramatic scenes from films:

  • Grand Hotel (1932) (Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, & Rafaela Ottiano)
  • Ninotchka (1939) (Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Sig Ruman, Felix Bressart, Alexander Granach)
  • Strange Cargo (1940) (Clark Gable & Joan Crawford)
  • Dancing Lady (1933) (Clark Gable & Joan Crawford)
  • Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) (Greer Garson & Robert Donat)
  • David Copperfield (1935) (W.C. Fields & Freddie Bartholomew)
  • Grand Hotel (1932) (Lewis Stone)
  • Dinner At Eight (1933) (Jean Harlow & Marie Dressler)
  • Bombshell (1933) (Jean Harlow & Franchot Tone)

Clips from James A. FitzPatrick’s Traveltalks shorts:

  • Hong Kong, Hub of the Orient (1937)
  • Stockholm, Pride of Sweden (1937)
  • Beautiful Banff and Lake Louise (1935)
  • Land of the Taj Mahal (1952)
  • Colorful Guatemala (1935)
  • Japan in Cherry Blossom Time (1936)
  • Ireland, The Emerald Isle (1934)
  • Switzerland, The Beautiful (1934)
  • Picturesque Udaipur (1939)
  • Old New Orleans (1940)
  • Night Descends On Treasure Island (1940)
  • Madeira, Isle of Romance (1938)
  • Copenhagen, City of Towers (1937)

Dramatic scenes from films:

  • White Cargo (1942) (Hedy Lamarr)
  • Tarzan, The Ape Man (1932) (Johnny Weissmuller & Maureen O’Sullivan)
  • Hollywood Party (1934) (Jimmy Durante)
  • Jumbo (1960) (Jimmy Durante)
  • Ziegfeld Girl (1941) (Lana Turner, Dan Dailey, & James Stewart)
  • Private LIves (1931) (Robert Montgomery)
  • China Seas (1935) (Robert Benchley)
  • The Thin Man (1932) (William Powell, Myrna Loy, & Asta)
  • Saratoga (1937) (Clark Gable with Lionel Barrymore, Hattie McDaniel, Cliff Edwards, Una Merkel, jean Harlow, & Frank Morgan)
  • Two-Faced Woman (1942) (Constance Bennett)
  • A Day At The Races (1937) (Groucho Marx & Margaret Dumont)
  • A Night At The Opera (1935) (Groucho & Chico Marx)
  • A Day At The Races (1937) (Groucho Marx & Esther Muir)
  • A Tale of Two Cities (1935) (Ronald Colman)
  • Lassie, Come Home (1943) (Roddy McDowall & Lassie)
  • Gone With The Wind (1939) (Clark Gable & Vivien Leigh)

Montage of Paris Landmarks (An American in Paris – 1951)

Maxim’s & Girls Girls Girls – Maurice Chevalier (The Merry Widow – 1934)

New scene of Gene Kelly in front of the Arc De Triomphe 

The Last Time I Saw Paris – Dinah Shore (Till the Clouds Roll By – 1946)

Our Love Is Here to Stay – danced by Gene Kelly & Leslie Caron (An American in Paris – 1951)

New scene of Gene Kelly in front of the Folies Bergere

I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise – Georges Guétary (An American in Paris – 1951)

New scene of Gene Kelly skating at the Place Du Trocadero

New scene of Gene Kelly walking among the paintings of Montmartre

Can-Can – dance by Gwen Verdon, Ellen Ray & Ensemble (The Merry Widow – 1952)

New scene of Gene Kelly at Versailles

The Merry Widow Waltz – Ensemble (The Merry Widow – 1934)

Cartoon Sequence (That’s Entertainment! special material) – Fred Astaire & Gene Kelly

Sinbad the Sailor excerpt – dance by Gene Kelly (Invitation to the Dance – 1956)

Now You Has Jazz – Bing Crosby & Louis Armstrong (High Society – 1956)

A Couple of Swells – Judy Garland & Fred Astaire (Easter Parade – 1948)

Take Me to Broadway – Bobby Van (Small Town Girl – 1953)

Broadway Rhythm – Gene Kelly, dance by Gene Kelly & Cyd Charisse, (Singin’ in the Rain – 1952)

There’s No Business Like Show Business – Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern, & Keenan Wynn (Annie Get Your Gun – 1950)

New scene (non-musical) of Gene Kelly with photos of Spencer Tracy & Katherine Hepburn 

Scenes from Spencer Tracy & Katherine Hepburn films:

  • Boys Town (1938) (Tracy with Mickey Rooney)
  • Boom Town (1940) (Tracy with Clark Gable)
  • The Philadelphia Story (1940) (Hepburn with Cary Grant)
  • Pat And Mike (1952) (Tracy & Hepburn with Sammy Carter, Charles Bronson, & George Matthews)
  • Without Love (1945) (Tracy & Hepburn)
  • Adam’s Rib (1949) (Tracy & Hepburn with Will Wright, Judy Holiday, & David Wayne)
  • Pat And Mike (1952) (Tracy & Hepburn)

I Like Myself – Gene Kelly (It’s Always Fair Weather – 1955)

I Remember It Well – Maurice Chevalier & Hermione Gingold (Gigi – 1958)

Bouncin’ the Blues – dance by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (The Barkleys of Broadway – 1949)

Cypress Gardens Water Spectacular – featuring Esther Williams (Easy to Love – 1953)

Finale (That’s Entertainment!)  – Fred Astaire & Gene Kelly (specialty material); Jack Buchanan, India Adams (for Cyd Charisse), Oscar Levant, & The MGM Studio Chorus (from The Band Wagon – 1953)

End Credits – The MGM Studio Orchestra

◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊

The following musical numbers were in the original cut of the film prior to release.  The first two listed below were included in early promotional listings of the song lineup that were publicized before the film premiered.  The first two were also included in the early prints shown at the New York and Los Angeles premieres but deleted prior to the general release of the film.

Lonesome Polecat – Matt Mattox & Ensemble (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – 1954)

Concerto in F – Oscar Levant (at piano) (An American in Paris – 1951)

Drum Crazy – Fred Astaire (Easter Parade – 1948)

You Stepped Out Of A Dream – Tony Martin (Ziegfeld Girl – 1941)

Moses Supposes – Gene Kelly & Donald O’Connor (Singin’ in the Rain – 1952)

The Stanley Steamer – Mickey Rooney, Gloria DeHaven, Agnes Moorehead, Walter Huston, Denny Wilson, and Jackie “Butch” Jenkins (Summer Holiday – 1948). This number has the distinction of being the only number planned for, then deleted from, both That’s Entertainment! and That’s Entertainment, Part Two.  In the former, a publicity photo of the number was sent out in press kits while in the latter it was seen as one of the song titles in the “Shubert Alley” interstitial newly created for the film.  The ultimately deleted “Concerto in F” and “Moses Supposes” are also featured.

That’s Entertainment! III

Released in 1994 for MGM’s 70th anniversary, That’s Entertainment! III is a worthy successor to 1974’s original film.  This time, in addition to highlighting more amazing MGM musical performances, the film presents previously unreleased outtake and behind-the-scenes footage plus some long-forgotten rare and novelty numbers.    

Hosts:  Gene Kelly was the main emcee, opening and closing the film.  The individual segments were introduced by June Allyson, Cyd Charisse, Lena Horne, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, and Esther Williams.  The opening narration was provided by Granville Van Dusen. 

Special Features:

All-New digital transfer

Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1

Introduction by Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne

Extended home video version with numbers not seen in the theatrical release.

Theatrical Trailer


* indicates the number was not in the theatrical release but added to the home video “Director’s Cut” when released on video/laser in 1994.

Here’s to the Girls – Fred Astaire (Ziegfeld Follies – 1946)

Overture – The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra

My Pet – The Five Locust Sisters (The Five Locust Sisters – 1928)

Singin’ in the Rain”(finale) – Cliff Edwards and Chorus (including stars George K. Arthur, Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, Buster Keaton, Marie Dressler, Jack Benny, & Polly Moran) (The Hollywood Revue of 1929 – 1929)

Clips of numbers from the unfinished The March of Time (1930) during Gene Kelly voice over narration.

The Lock Step – The Dodge Twins (The March of Time – Unfinished – 1930)

Clean as a Whistle – MGM Studio Orchestra and Chorus (Meet the Baron – 1933)

Clip from Hearst Metrotone News short featuring the head of the Production Code Board, Joseph I. Breen.

* Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life – Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy (Naughty Marietta – 1935)

Hollywood Party & Feelin’ High – Frances Williams & MGM Studio Chorus (Hollywood Party – 1934)
(included clips from films featuring Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Laurel & Hardy, and Robert Young)

Finale Medley (excerpt) (includes Follow in My Footsteps/Broadway Rhythm/Your Broadway and My Broadway/You Are My Lucky Star/Got A Pair of New Shoes) – Buddy Ebsen, George Murphy, danced by Eleanor Powell (Broadway Melody of 1938 – 1937)

Fascinating Rhythm – danced by Eleanor Powell (Lady Be Good – 1941)

Good Morning & Finale excerpt (Good Morning & God’s Country) – Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland with Douglas McPhail & June Preisser)  (Babes in Arms – 1939)

Ten Percent Off – Jimmy Durante & Esther Williams (This Time for Keeps – 1947)

Montage of clips from Esther Williams movies including: Bathing Beauty (1944), Jupiter’s Darling (1955), I Got Out Of Bed On The Right Side (Tom & Jerry cartoon sequence) from Dangerous When Wet (1953), and Texas Carnival (1951).

Cleopatterer – June Allyson (Till the Clouds Roll By – 1946)

The Three B’s – June Allyson, Nancy Walker & Gloria DeHaven (Best Foot Forward – 1943)

Waltz Serenade – Kathryn Grayson (Anchors Aweigh – 1945)

Shakin’ the Blues Away – Ann Miller (Easter Parade – 1948)

Pass That Peace Pipe – Joan McCracken & Ray McDonald (Good News – 1947)

Solid Potato Salad & Manhattan Serenade – The Ross Sisters (Broadway Rhythm – 1944)

On The Town”– Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller, Vera-Ellen, Betty Garrett & Jules Munshin (On the Town – 1949)

Baby, You Knock Me Out – Cyd Charisse (It’s Always Fair Weather – 1955)

Ballin’ the Jack – Judy Garland & Gene Kelly (For Me and My Gal – 1942)

Newspaper Dance (You Wonderful You) – danced by Gene Kelly (Summer Stock – 1950)

Slaughter on Tenth Avenue – danced by Gene Kelly & Vera-Ellen (Words and Music – 1948)

An American in Paris Ballet excerpt – dance by Gene Kelly & Leslie Caron (An American in Paris – 1951)

Fit as a Fiddle – Gene Kelly & Donald O’Connor (Singin’ in the Rain – 1952)

The Heather on the Hill – danced by Gene Kelly & Cyd Charisse (Brigadoon – 1954)

You Are My Lucky Star (outtake) – Debbie Reynolds (Singin’ in the Rain – 1952)

Montage of MGM’s female stars, accompanied by audio excerpt of You Stepped Out Of A Dream from Ziegfeld Girl (1941) segue to: film performance of You Stepped Out of a Dream – vocal by Tony Martin (Ziegfeld Girl – 1941)

A Lady Loves (film version & outtake) – Debbie Reynolds (I Love Melvin – 1953)

Thanks a Lot But No Thanks – Dolores Gray (It’s Always Fair Weather – 1955)

Two-Faced Woman – Joan Crawford (dubbed by India Adams) (Torch Song – 1953)

Two-Faced Woman (outtake) – Cyd Charisse (dubbed by India Adams) (The Band Wagon – 1953)

Dance of Fury – danced by Ricardo Montalbán, Cyd Charisse & Ann Miller (The Kissing Bandit – 1949)

* Jungle Rhumba & Jungle Fantasy – Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra (Neptune’s Daughter – 1949)

Baião (Ca-Room’ Pa Pa) – Carmen Miranda and chorus (Nancy Goes to Rio – 1950)

Mama Yo Quiero – Mickey Rooney (Babes on Broadway – 1941)

Where or When – Lena Horne (Words and Music – 1948)

Just One of Those Things”– Lena Horne (Panama Hattie – 1942)

Ain’t it the Truth (outtake) – Lena Horne (Cabin in the Sky – 1943)

Cotton Blossom”– MGM Studio Chorus (Till The Clouds Roll By – 1946)

Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man – Ava Gardner (Show Boat – 1951)

Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man – Lena Horne (Till the Clouds Roll By – 1946)

I’m an Indian Too (outtake) – Judy Garland (Annie Get Your Gun – 1950)

* Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly (outtake) – Judy Garland (Annie Get Your Gun – 1950)

I Wish I Were in Love Again – Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney (Words and Music – 1948)

Swing Mr. Mendelssohn – Judy Garland (Everybody Sing – 1938)

In Between – Judy Garland (Love Finds Andy Hardy – 1938)

Follow the Yellow Brick Road & You’re Off to See the Wizard – Judy Garland and The Munchkins (the MGM Studio Chorus) (The Wizard of Oz – 1939)

Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland (The Wizard of Oz – 1939)

How About You? – Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney (Babes on Broadway – 1941)

* Minnie from Trinidad – Judy Garland (Ziegfeld Girl – 1941)

Who? – Judy Garland (Till the Clouds Roll By – 1946)

March of the Doagies – Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Cyd Charisse, Marjorie Main & the MGM Studio Chorus (The Harvey Girls – 1946)

Get Happy excerpt – Judy Garland (Summer Stock – 1950)

Mr. Monotony (outtake) – Judy Garland (Easter Parade – 1948)

It Only Happens When I Dance with You – Fred Astaire & Ann Miller (Easter Parade – 1948)

Clip from Dancing Lady (1933) featuring Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, & Fred Astaire

Italian Cafe Routine – danced by Fred Astaire & Eleanor Powell (Broadway Melody of 1940 – 1940)

* Coffee Time – danced by Fred Astaire & Lucille Bremer (Yolanda and the Thief – 1947)

Drum Crazy – Fred Astaire (Easter Parade – 1948)

The Girl Hunt Ballet excerpt – danced by Fred Astaire & Cyd Charisse (The Band Wagon – 1953)

Swing Trot – danced by Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers (The Barkleys of Broadway – 1949)

I Wanna be a Dancin’ Man (film version & outtake) – Fred Astaire (The Belle of New York – 1952)

Anything You Can Do – Betty Hutton & Howard Keel (Annie Get Your Gun – 1950)

Stereophonic Sound – Fred Astaire & Janis Paige (Silk Stockings – 1957)

Shakin’ the Blues Away – Doris Day (Love Me or Leave Me – 1956)

Jailhouse Rock”– Elvis Presley (Jailhouse Rock – 1957)

Gigi – Louis Jourdan (Gigi – 1958)

That’s Entertainment! – Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Nanette Fabray, Oscar Levant, & Jack Buchanan (The Band Wagon – 1953)

End Titles – The Hollywood Bowl Orchestral

That’s Entertainment! Treasures from the Vault

This extra disc, only available in the DVD boxed set, featured all of the documentaries about the making of the films as well as complete outtakes from over a dozen films!  The disc is dual-layered (double-sided) with the documentaries (excepting one) on one side and the outtake numbers on the other.

Side One:  

MGM’s 25th Anniversary (the famous star-studded 1949 luncheon)

That’s Entertainment: 50 Years of MGM (1974)
Pseudo documentary hosted by George and Alana Hamilton featuring stars arriving at the premiere of That’s Entertainment! plus interviews with various stars and celebrities.

Just One More Time (1974)
Behind the scenes on the making of That’s Entertainment!t featuring the stars returning to the backlot and clips from the film.

The Lion Roars Again (1975)
A featurette that documents MGM presenting its upcoming films to a large contingent of journalists showing off the upcoming productions including tours of the sets of Logan’s Run (1976); The All-American Girl (retitled Dandy, The All-American Girl) (1976) featuring a panel discussion with Stockard Channing; The Sunshine Boys (1976) with George Burns and Walter Matthau in attendance; That’s Entertainment! Too! (as the sequel was originally titled) with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Eleanor Powell, Kathryn Grayson, Bobby Van, Tom Drake, and Russ Tamblyn in attendance.  The film ends with the world premiere of The Wind and the Lion (1975) starring Sean Connery and Candace Bergen.

Excerpts from The Mike Douglas Show broadcast on February 20, 1976.  Douglas visited a star-studded luncheon on MGM’s Soundstage 27 which was dressed up to promote That’s Entertainment, Part Two.  Stars in attendance include Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Debbie Reynolds, Ann Miller, Janis Paige, Jane Powell, Nanette Fabray, and choreographer Hermes Pan.

That’s Entertainment III: Behind the Screen
A documentary featuring the producers of the film giving a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the third installment.  Of special interest are the extra (and wonderful) interview clips with the star hosts and glimpses of some more outtake footage.  Intro narration by Granville Van Dusen. 

Side Two:

That’s Entertainment: The Masters Behind The Musicals 

A mini-documentary tribute to those behind the scenes of MGM’s musicals focusing on the people listed below, followed by a complete list of credits in these departments. 

The documentary is narrated by Granville Van Dusen and “hosted” by the following stars via new or archival interviews:  June Allyson, Rudy Behlmer, Marge Champion, Cyd Charisse, Saul Chaplin, Betty Comden, Alexander Courage, Gloria DeHaven, Stanley Donen, Betty Garrett, Kathryn Grayson, Adolph Green, Lena Horne, Michael Kidd, Angela Lansbury, Hugh Martin, Ann Miller, Donald O’Connor, John Pasternak, Jane Powell, Andre Previn, Ann Sothern, Tommy Rall, Russ Tamblin

MGM’s Musical Producers: 
Jack Cummings, Joe Pasternak, and Arthur Freed; Roger Edens (Associate Producer, Vocal Arranger/Composer)

MGM’s Music Department: 
Johnny Green (Musical Supervisor, Composer/Conductor); Saul Chaplin (Musical Supervisor, Composer/Conductor); Herbert Stothart (Composer/Conductor); Lennie Hayton (Music Supervisor/Arranger, Composer/Conductor); Andre Previn (Musical Arranger, Composer/Conductor); Conrad Salinger (Musical Arranger Orchestrator); Kay Thompson (Vocal Coach, Musical Arranger) 

MGM Dance Directors: 
Hermes Pan (Choreographer); Busby Berkeley (Director/Choreographer); Michael Kidd (Director/Choreographer); Robert Alton (Choreographer)

MGM Directors: 
Charles Walters (Director/Choreographer); George Sidney (Director); Vincente Minnelli (Director); Stanley Donen (Director)

The Musical Outtakes Jukebox

“Boys and Girls Like You and Me” – Frank Sinatra (Take Me Out To The Ballgame – 1949)

“An Easier Way” – June Allyson & Patricia Marshall (Good News – 1947)

“A Lady Loves” – Debbie Reynolds (danced by Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, & MGM Studio Dancers) (I Love Melvin – 1953)

“Last Night When We Were Young” – Judy Garland (In The Good Old Summertime – 1949)

“Little Big Shot” – Jimmy Durante & Sharon McManus (This Time for Keeps – 1947)

“The Lock Step” – The Doge Twins (The March of Time – 1930)

“Love and Kisses” – Bert Lahr & Marjorie Main (Rose Marie – 1954)

“Mr. Monotony” – Judy Garland (Easter Parade – 1946)

“My Intuition” – Judy Garland & John Hodiak (The Harvey Girls – 1946)

“One Love of Mine” – Kathryn Grayson & Mario Lanza (That Midnight Kiss – 1949)

“Warm Hands, Cold Heart” – Mel Torme (Duchess of Idaho – 1950)

“Why Is Love So Crazy?” / “Sea of the Moon” – Esther Williams (Pagan Love Song – 1950)

“Why So Gloomy?” – Jane Powell (Holiday in Mexico – 1946)

“You Belong to My Heart” – Yvonne De Carlo & Vittorio Gassman (Sombrero – 1953)

“You Got Looks” – Lena Horne (Meet Me in Las Vegas – 1956)

“You Won’t Forget Me” – Lena Horne (Duchess of Idaho – 1950)

In 2007 the set was released on the new Blu-ray and (now defunct) HD-DVD formats.  The set was 3 discs, with the extras from the “Treasures from the Vault” disc (disc four in the original set as noted above) interspersed throughout the three feature discs.  

In 2015 the set was re-released on DVD (minus the extras) with the addition of the 1985 “cousin” documentary That’s Dancing!

In 2020 the Blu-ray discs from the original Blu-ray set (with the extras) were re-released by the Warner Archive.

Other Editions

Many of the scans here provided by Histato M.  Thank you, Histato!

That's Entertainment! III
Deluxe Collector's Edition Gift Set

The 1994 laserdisc “deluxe collector’s edition gift set” of That’s Entertainment! III was truly a wonderful set.  It featured a numbered collector’s souvenir program, a collectible poster, and eight collector’s lobby cards created just for this set.

Program, flyer, and lobby card scans provided by Hisato M.  Thanks again, Hisato!

Judy Garland 1935
The Wizard of Oz green vinyl release for Record Store Day on April 19, 2014