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Vintage Videos: Classic musical filled with laughs and love triangle
Judy Garland and Fred Astaire star in the film "The Easter Parade."

‘Easter Parade’

Grade: A-

Starring: Fred Astaire, Judy Garland and Ann Miller

Runtime: 1 hour, 48 minutes

Bottom line: Bright, happy movie sure to put you in a good mood

I’m a sucker for a good musical. I’ll take any excuse to sing along loudly and off-key during a movie, honestly.

So I was super excited to water and review the movie “Easter Parade” in honor of the upcoming religious holiday.

Starring Fred Astaire, Judy Garland and Ann Miller, this 1948 Charles Walters’ film was right up my alley.

Fred Astaire plays Don Hewes, a famous Broadway star whose partner Nadine (Miller) tells him she’s leaving to pursue a solo project. In retaliation, Don decides he doesn’t need Nadine. He believes he can make a star out of any girl he chooses.

While drinking at a bar one night, Don picks a young girl dancing on stage, Hannah Brown (Judy Garland,) as his new partner.

Without question, Hannah is the most lovable character in the film. Quirky, awkward and extremely relatable, Garland does an excellent job portraying Hannah. So when Hannah and Don began preparing for their dance routine, it’s full of laughs.

Nadine, Don’s old partner, begins to feel jealous that she has been replaced. And as with so many movies, a bit of a love triangle is woven into the plot. (I’ll let you watch to find out what happens.)

So let’s get to the good stuff: The music and dancing.

The soundtrack is composed of 14 songs written by Irving Berlin, including hits such as “Steppin’ Out With My Baby.” And with a vocally talented cast like this one, your ears will be thanking you for watching this film.

As for the dancing, well, I can only sit and watch with jealousy as they twirl around with their long accomplished legs effortlessly. Sigh.

“Easter Parade” is a definite must-watch for this Easter holiday.

If you’re a fan of movies such as “Some Like It Hot” or “Funny Face,” I really believe you’ll like this film. So if you find yourself at home after a nice Easter lunch with your family, rent this movie and you’ll be sure to have a great time. And if you end up singing along loudly and off-key, so be it.

Chelsea Tench is a copy editor for The Times. She will review movies found on Netflix or Amazon Instant video. To make a suggestion, email her at

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