The only time the two greatest Hollywood musical stars teamed up was an accident - Gene Kelly had broken his ankle and suggested the initially reluctant Fred as his replacement. In the event, it's not an ideal coupling, a stylistic unease between them - save in the legendary novelty song 'A Couple of Swells' - being often apparent. Nevertheless, Easter Parade is the sort of musical to put your feet up for, lifted by three bursts of dynamism: Fred's show number 'Steppin' Out with My Baby', his brilliantly inventive 'Drum Crazy', and Ann Miller's knock-down broadside 'Shakin' the Blues Away'. The story is Pygmalion-esque, the songs vintage Irving Berlin. And if you think they can't sing in 'At Long Last Love', bend an ear to Peter Lawford wrestling with 'A Fella with an Umbrella'.
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Sidney Sheldon|