.

That's Entertainment! III

Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller

Directed by Bud Friedgen, Michael J. Sheridan
Rolling Stone: star rating
5 0
Community: star rating
5 0 0
May 6, 1994

That's Lucille Ball whipping a chorus of hellcats in a kinky moment from Ziegfeld Follies. Madonna only thought she invented S&M chic Start the campaign now: I want my Teiii. This third in a series of compilations from MGM musicals (1928--1958) is more fun than a month of Madonna videos. You won't believe Mickey Rooney in Carmen Miranda drag (Babes on Broadway) or Joan Crawford in blackface (Torch Song).

If the new That's Entertainment boasts fewer famous numbers than the first two editions in 1974 and 1976, it handily compensates with indispensable outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage. MGM exec George Feltenstein has been dishing out these delicious extras for years on laser disc, but he surpasses himself here.

Eleanor Powell taps across multiple stages in Lady Be Good, while a split screen displays off-camera technicians frantically moving away each stage so Powell can dance without a cut. There's an unforgettable look at a sadly unfocused Judy Garland performing "I'm an Indian Too," from Annie Get Your Gun (Garland's breakdown led to her replacement by Betty Hutton). Ava Gardner pierces the heart singing "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," from Show Boat, in her own voice; she was dubbed in the finished film. Lena Horne, one of the film's nine hosts, indicts Hollywood racism and introduces a deleted number from Cabin in the Sky that shows her in a bubble bath. The list goes on with moments historic and hilarious from the likes of Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Arlene Dahl, Ann Miller, Jimmy Durante and even Elvis. That's more than entertainment, that's pure gold.

prev
Movie Review Main Next

ADD A COMMENT

Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...

COMMENTS

Sort by:
    Read More

    Movie Reviews

    More Reviews »
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.

    X

    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Road to Nowhere”

    Talking Heads | 1985

    A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

    More Song Stories entries »
    www.expandtheroom.com