Easter Parade is a musical with old and new Irving Berlin tunes and standout dance numbers. The Berlin score includes 17 songs, seven new and 10 from his extensive catalog.
The light story by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, scripted in conjunction with Sidney Sheldon, makes a perfect backing for the Berlin score and playing. Plot opens on Easter 1911 and carries through to Easter 1912. It deals with splitup of Astaire and Miller as partners and recruiting of Garland by the dancer, who is determined to make her outdraw his former hoofer.
Astaire’s standout solo is the elaborate production piece ‘Stepping Out with My Baby’, during which he does a slow-motion dance in front of a large chorus terping in regular time.
Highpoint of comedy is reached when Astaire and Garland team for vocals and foot work on ‘A Couple of Swells’.
1948: Best Score for a Musical Picture
M-G-M. Director Charles Walters; Producer
Arthur Freed; Screenplay Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Sidney Sheldon; Camera
Harry Stradling; Editor
Albert Akst; Music Johnny Green, Roger Edens (dirs.); Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith
(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1948. Running time: 102 MIN.