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Fred Astaire had announced his retirement before the cameras began to roll on Easter Parade, but he decided to accept the film's leading role when its original star Gene Kelly became incapacitated. The thinnish plot, which finds Astaire trying to turn chorus girl Judy Garland into a star in order to show up his former partner Ann Miller, is hardly what keeps the audience's eyes riveted to the screen. All that truly matters are the 17 musical numbers, all written by Irving Berlin (ten were standards, while seven were new to this film). Among the many highlights are Astaire's slow-motion version of "Steppin' Out," the Astaire/Garland duet "We're a Couple of Swells," the opening rendition of "Happy Easter," and the closing performance of the title number.

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Special Features * cc Disc One: * New Digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements * Commentary by Fred Astaire's daughter Ava Astaire McKenzie and Judy Garland biographer John Fricke * Garland trailer gallery * Subtitles: English, Franšais & Espa˝ol * Disc Two: * New Making-of documentary Easter Parade: On the Avenue * Three-Time Emmy« Award-winning American Masters documentary profile Judy Garland: By Myself * Outtake musical number Mr. Monotony * Audio-only bonuses: Radio production with the film's stars * Radio promo

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WA67072 Easter Parade DVD (1948/Judy Garland) $26.98 $23.99