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I'm currently watching a documentary"That's Entertainment", which is about MGM musicals. Would anyone agree with me when I say that MGM made great musicals?

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I saw this when it came out in the early 70s and it helped build my love of classic films and these musicals..Thats Entertainment II is very good also...I love to watch the MGM musicals particularly during the Thanksgiving-Christmas holiday season..
Definitely agree...especially the Freed Unit. If you haven't already, you should check out the doc "MGM Musicals, Great Musicals." It can be found on the special edition DVD of Singin' in the Rain, and it's marvelous. MGM had Judy Garland...what else is there to say? ;)
I love Judy Garland! Especially in The Wizard Of Oz!
Me too. :)
The Wizard of Oz is one movie that I always think I've seen too much, but then it'll be on TV and I just have to watch it again.

Have you seen Easter Parade? That's probably my favorite musical of hers. Haha, that and Meet Me in St. Louis. Though they're all marvelous.
By the way I just posted a video on Youtube as a tribute to Arthur Freed musicals:
They made some of the best!!!
MGM have long been acknowledged as the greatest producers of hollywood musicals, many of the songs featured in their musicals were recorded in multi-track what we would call stereo today, the whole score for the Wizard of O z was recorded in multi-track, some the numbers in Born To dance were also recorded in multitrack. Quite a few of these recording made during the 30's and 40's have been made availble on CD, they are genuine 100% stereo recordings and sound fabulous on a good fi-fi setup, they ad a dimension that if you have never heard a multi-track recordings will blow your mind as to what could have been, had the release prints not been mixed to mono beacause of the cost to convert to a stereo system in cinemas at the time was so prohibitive to cinema chains the world over who had not long converted to sound from silent pictures. Have a look on the internet for cds that have genuine stereo soundtracks recorded during the 30's and 40's you wont be dissapointed when you hear them. 20th Century Fox also made genuine stereo recordings for some of their films during the 40's one that comes to mind is Glenn Millers two films Orchestra Wives and Sun Valley Serenade 1942 / 41 respectively the stereo on the soundtracks of these two films is fabulous worthwhile getting copies they are available from Fox now. Best wishes Phil.
I totally are with you. MGM made the best musicals. The present day musicals don't even come close to the MGM greats!
Here's a list of MGM musicals I seen so far:

Broadway Melody Of 1936 (1935)
Born To Dance (1936)
The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
Babes In Arms (1939)
Broadway Melody Of 1940 (1940)
Strike Up The Band (1940)
Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
Babes On Broadway (1941)
Cabin In The Sky (1943)
Girl Crazy (1943)
Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
Till The Clouds Roll By (1946)
Good News (1947)
Words & Music (1948)
In The Good Old Summertime (1949)
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
Royal Wedding (1951)
An American In Paris (1951)
Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Small Town Girl (1953)
The Band Wagon (1953)
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954)
High Society (1956)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Gigi (1958)
I Agree, MGM Musicals Are The Greatest, Who Can Forget Such Classics As: Singin In The Rain, The Band Wagon,
Meet Me In Saint Louis, Easter Parade, Summer Stock, Top Hat, Silk Stockings, An American In Paris, Gigi,
Babes On Broadway, Strike Up The Band, Brigadoon, And So Many More!
Top Hat was released by RKO, but it's still a good musical.

Hands down, MGM Musicals are the greatest. There are actually 4 in the That's Entertainment series and another film called That's Dancing. They are all great and are a great introduction to MGM Musicals. I have always somehow felt that other musicals are "off-brand" or "store-brand" musicals when MGM was the "real deal". Anyone else feel that way?


Here is my list of the Top Ten MGM Musicals! Enjoy!

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