The idea for a third edition was pitched by MGM/UA Home Video head George Feltenstein to then MGM/UA president Alan Ladd Jr. Feltenstein had typed up a list of musical numbers for a potential third movie back in 1976 after returning home from That's Entertainment, Part II (1976). Ladd approved the pitch, but because Feltenstein was a studio exec, he didn't get a screen credit for his contribution. See more »
When MGM teamed Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in "Babes In Arms", it launched the most successful musical team at the studio.
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A notice in the end credits says that "The MGM musical classics excerpted in this film are available in their entirety on videocassette and laser disc from MGM/UA home video." See more »
Home video and DVD release contains several additional musical excerpts. See more »
That's Entertainment! III was a great final coda for M-G-M's compilation series
Have just now rewatched That's Entertainment! III on HD DVD and I declare that while the first two compilations had the best musical numbers from the various M-G-M classics, I consider this one the best simply because of the many outtakes/alternate scenes that-for the most part-were revealed here for the first time. Also, the tributes for the studio and the various performers that resided there were much better written then the occasionally stilted one from the original That's Entertainment! Many of those outtakes were quite fascinating to watch like Debbie Reynolds' number called "A Lady Loves" from I Love Melvin where she's a farmgirl as opposed to a more sophisticated figure in the final version. Or Judy Garland's two scenes-"Doin' What Comes Natur'lly" and "I'm an Indian, Too"-from the aborted version of Annie Get Your Gun though Betty Hutton's final versions are more preferable. Speaking of whom, her duet with Howard Keel on "Anything You Can Do" was one of the most hilarious numbers here. And, unlike the previous series entries, TE3 acknowledged the other studios players like Fred Astaire and Ann Miller worked for before coming to the one with Leo the Lion as the trademark. And that one of the movie's hosts-Lena Horne-admitted the limitations of opportunity she had compared to the others because of the Production Code of the time. Great editing on the "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" numbers from Ava Gardner with dubbed voice of Annette Warren to her own good voice to Lena Horne's rendition from 'Till the Clouds Roll By. Oh, and nice unearthed outtake of "Ain't It the Truth" from Cabin in the Sky though I've seen this before on a short called Studio Visit which appeared as an extra on the movie's DVD disc. The other excised Garland numbers-like "Mr. Monotony" from Easter Parade or "March of the Doagies" from The Harvey Girls are also excellent, so much so that one wonders why they were cut. I also liked some of the more obscure performers showcased like Joan McCraken dancing to "Pass that Peace Pipe" from Good News or Delores Gray in the "Thanks a Lot, But No Thanks" number from It's Always Fair Weather. And how about Carmen Miranda-who was once a Fox player-doing the "Baiao (Ca-Room' Pa Pa)" number in Nancy Goes to Rio. All the hosts-Gene Kelly, Esther Williams, June Allyson, Cyd Charisse, Ms. Horne, Ms. Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, and Ms. Miller provided some interesting tidbits during their segments. But the last host, Mr. Keel, delivered the great coda to the M-G-M musical when he talked about the competition with television by mentioning the wide screen furor which segues to the "Stereophonic Sound" number with Mr. Astaire and Janis Page and then mentions the Rock 'n Roll trend as the famous clip from Elvis Presley's Jailhouse Rock is shown before we go to the last classic M-G-M musical-Gigi. All in all, this was a great enterprise for producers/directors/writers and editors Bud Friedgen (also head cutter on the first two TE films) and Michael J. Sheridan (his associate on both). Oh, and how nice to see Mr. Kelly-in his final feature film appearance-sum the experience like so: "M-G-M's dream factory created a rich, romantic, compelling world of illusion. And although we may not see anything like it again, we're blessed with memories and miles and miles of film. In the words of Irving Berlin, 'The song has ended, but the melody lingers on.'" Truer words have not been spoken. So if you're reading this under my username that you clicked, I may review for the next few days something associated with Mr. Berlin or maybe with any of the contract players like maybe director Vincente Minnelli...
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