So please don't bother me for the next couple hours.
Watching this picture "The Robe" that began after Easter Parade... there's so much queer subtext that is threatening to be actual text; the first 15 minutes could easily be the beginning of a gay porn.
The young Peter Lawford is at his most beautiful in Easter Parade. If only they could have worked in a shirtless scene...
Ann Miller is extraordinary and not just in "Shaking the Blues Away."
The only sad part is that the African-American woman who played the maid is actually a fine dancer.
Judy desperately needs a sandwich or two. She looks emaciated.
But she's in great voice.
Update on The Robe:
It got even gayer.
Is that the musical where Judy dates her grandfather?
Judy should have done 'Good News' with Peter Lawford instead of June Allyson. June could not stay on pitch to save her life. That movie, despite it's hokey college setting, has some very sophisticated musical numbers crafted by none other than Kaye Thompson. It has Judy written all over it. Can't fathom why MGM didn't put her in it.
Jay Robinson gives one of the campiest performances in cinema history as Caligula in "The Robe."
I watched Ester Parade tonight, too. The color was ghastly - Astaire and Garland looked embalmed. I love Judy but from this point on she looks hideous. I agree Lawford looks wonderful - he was gay you know. Miller was great - how old was she when she made this?
[quote]It has Judy written all over it. Can't fathom why MGM didn't put her in it.
Judy just GOT musical comedy. But if you look at "Easter Parade," where you can practically see her bones jutting through her arms, you'll get your answer.
Of course, she's vastly more talented than June Allyson. (I like June Allyson.) She was vastly more talented than everyone.
I've always loved that they put the "Easter Bonnet," with all the frills upon it, on Fred Astaire's head.
Did Judy know how ugly she became? The choices she made, those eyebrows, the short hair, those weird lips and a horrible wardrobe... Did she think she was pretty?
The thing is R11, Judy NEVER thought she was pretty.
She was constantly being compared to her contemporaries at the studio like Lana or Eva.
Mayer used to call her "My little Hunchback" for god sake.
She wore the costumes that were designed for her and she used Dottie Ponedel the makeup person assigned to her and she did what she was told to do by the experts.
I think she thought she looked pretty in Meet Me in St Louis. She was so thrilled for that attention that she married the director.
Judy is absolutely gorgeous in Presenting Lilly Mars and is very pretty indeed in Meet Me In St Louis. I think she's also really beautiful in the opening shot of The Harvey Girls, when she sings the song on the back of the train (!). By the late 40's, she had gotten too thin, but the studio wanted her at around 95 lbs I believe.
Maybe Judy thought those eyebrows and the make-up made her more attractive. She looked great - truly beautiful - as The Star in Ziegfeld Follies - just three years before Easter Parade - what happened? Was that the 'new style' of the time?
Amphetamines do a number on one's looks. Judy looks really great in most of "In the Good Old Summertime", I think. It's a rather underrated movie, I love it.
Though she wasn't the least bit unattractive, it must've killed Judy's self-esteem to be put in a movie with Lana and Hedy ("Ziegfeld Girls") and have to do take after take of publicity shots.
Has anyone alive seen a real "Easter Parade"?
What was an Easter Parade anyway, it looks like a bunch of people wandering around and hoping someone will notice their outfit.
A real Easter Parade is just as you see it in the film.
When people get out of church on Easter Sunday they parade down the Avenue and show off their outfits and new hats.
Its not an actual "Parade" just people walking.
The Easter Parade shown in the film is the one on Fifth Avenue in NYC outside of St. Patricks Cathedral.
It still happens every Easter.
R8, I thought Ann Miller really outshone Judy Garland in this.
The movie was made in 1948 & Miller was born in 1923, so she was 25 -- Garland was born in 1922, so she was 26.
Neither had a beautiful face, but Miller looked healthy & natural & energetic, whereas Garland just looked strained & much older than she was. Miller was fun to watch, Garland was kind of a struggle for me.
Garland had the glittering career, but Miller seems to have been a more successful person.
Ann Miller has always had only the nicest things to say about Judy Garland as well. I've always liked her for that.
Who's Ann Miller?
[quote]Maybe Judy thought those eyebrows and the make-up made her more attractive. She looked great - truly beautiful - as The Star in Ziegfeld Follies - just three years before Easter Parade - what happened? Was that the 'new style' of the time?
Yes, that was the new style at that time.
What I like most about this movie is that all four leads - Garland, Astaire, Laword and Miller were all at the very peak of their powers, and were perfectly suited to their roles.
Garland and Astaire especially, and most especially in their vaudeville medley leading up to and including the Ziegfeld audition..
R31 gets it.
Wonder what it would have been like if the original leads (Gene Kelly, Judy Garland and Cyd Charisse) had done the movie.
[quote]Who's Ann Miller?
Tina, bring me the karn cob holders!!!
[quote] I thought Ann Miller really outshone Judy Garland in this.
It's probably unpopular to say so on DL, but I do. Ann seemed so full of life and Judy the opposite in this movie. Ann also stole every scene in "Kiss Me, Kate".
I agree, r34. You can see how happy Annie is to dance with Astaire after a decade of B-musicals. Judy looks nervous and sickly.
Two other probably unpopular opinions:
I LOATHE "A Couple of Swells". It's unwatchably 'cute'. A low point for both Garland & Astaire. Thedy should have cut this instead of "Mr. Monotony".
Kelly would have been a better match with Garland.
[R33] This is from the Ann Miller Frog Collection! Precious things!
One of my favorite MGM musicals!
Did Irene and the wardrobe dept. just finally give up on Judy for her final costume? That unadorned stark white dress with all the matronly draping to hide her jutting bones and then those hot pink gloves that seemr to be a desperate afterthought? THe hat's pretty though.
Peter Lawford was gorgeous....as sexy as a young TYrone POwer IMHO. It always struck me as strange that MGM didn't promote him much beyond casting him in musicals, when he could barely sing or dance. He was rarely in any of their serious dramas. He seemed to mainly serve as the arm candy for Garland, Allyson, Miller and Jane Powell. I suspect he was rather lazy and unambitious and a party boy.
Ann Miller is luscious in this, like a ripe peach. Was this her first MGM musical? What happened to the beautiful nose that's evidenced here? It practically had disappeared by her old age. Was she unhappy with her looks?
[quote]Ann Miller is luscious in this, like a ripe peach. Was this her first MGM musical? What happened to the beautiful nose that's evidenced here? It practically had disappeared by her old age.
She was dancing, fell, damaged her nose and didn't like the way it healed so she got it corrected.
[quote]Kelly would have been a better match with Garland.
Agreed. Astaire was too old, he was about 47 in this movie and Judy 25.
[quote]I LOATHE "A Couple of Swells". It's unwatchably 'cute'. A low point for both Garland & Astaire. Thedy should have cut this instead of "Mr. Monotony".
Yes, I'm a fan of those vaudeville-esque numbers. I don't how anyone could've cut "Mr. Monotony". But if it was left it, who knows what "Get Happy" would've been like.
This discusses the production of "Easter Parade":