Go Steppin’ Out with Us: Classic M-G-M Musical Easter Parade in 35mm – Easter Sunday at 7pm at the Music Box

Music Box Theatre – 3733 N Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
Tickets: $10

Sunday, April 21 @ 7:00 PM
Directed by Charles Walters • 1948
When Broadway star Fred Astaire gets dumped by his current dancing partner, he sets out to make a dancing star out of the next person he sees, which happens to be Judy Garland. Despite the relatively breezy plot, Easter Parade has a palpable intensity culminating from years of studio pressure put on Judy Garland since her days as a child performer. Easter Parade is wired, and the film features some of Garland’s best work (and Astaire’s too), all the more impressive because it transcends the environment that created it – ironically, M-G-M billed it as “the happiest musical ever made.” The last film Garland would make for musical maverick Arthur Freed (Singin’ in the Rain, The Band Wagon), Easter Parade was M-G-M’s highest grossing film of 1948 and Garland’s most critically successful film until A Star is Born in 1954. With seventeen songs including “Steppin’ Out with My Baby,” “We’re a Couple of Swells,” and “It Only Happens When I Dance With You,which Irving Berlin wrote specifically for Judy Garland. (JA)
103 min • M-G-M • 35mm from Warner Brothers
Short: “Adventures of Bunny Rabbit” (Erpi Classroom Films, Inc., 1937) – 9 min – 16mm

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