MGM Musicals from the Golden Age

MGM Musicals from the Golden Age

21 Episodes

In the heyday of the classic Hollywood musical, one studio reigned supreme: MGM, the dream factory from which emanated gloriously tune-filled enchantments bigger than life, exploding in blazing Technicolor, marvels of craftsmanship and razzle-dazzle entertainment that have never been surpassed in their ingenuity and sheer exuberance. The roster of legendary names say it all, with innovative filmmakers like Vincente Minnelli, Stanley Donen, and Busby Berkeley directing stars like Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Debbie Reynolds, Lena Horne, and Leslie Caron in many of their most iconic performances. From Garland breaking hearts while warbling “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS to Kelly and Sinatra zigzagging across “New York, New York” in ON THE TOWN to Astaire tapping up a storm in THE BAND WAGON, these beloved classics are filled to the brim with some of the most indelible moments of movie magic ever committed to celluloid.

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MGM Musicals from the Golden Age
  • MGM Musicals from the Golden Age Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Broadway Melody of 1940

    Episode 2

    Directed by Norman Taurog • 1940 • United States
    Starring Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy

    The job—a career breakthrough—is supposed to go to hoofer Johnny Brett, but a mix-up in names gives it to his partner. Another example of Broadway hopes dashed? Not when Johnny is played by Fred...

  • For Me and My Gal

    Episode 3

    Directed by Busby Berkeley • 1942 • United States
    Starring Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, George Murphy

    Busby Berkeley directs Judy Garland, billed above the title for the first time in an early “adult” role, and Gene Kelly, making his film debut, in this glowingly nostalgic ode to the vaudeville day...

  • Meet Me in St. Louis

    Episode 4

    Directed by Vincente Minnelli • 1944 • United States
    Starring Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Mary Astor

    This glowingly nostalgic slice of turn-of-the-century Americana follows the daughters of the Smith family of St. Louis—including Esther (Judy Garland), Rose (Lucille Bremer), and Tootie (Marg...

  • Cabin in the Sky

    Episode 5

    Directed by Vincente Minnelli • 1943 • Untied States
    Starring Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong

    Lena Horne, Ethel Waters, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, and Louis Armstrong lead an all-black cast in this musical fantasy about a man pulled toward temptation as his God-fearing wife fights for...

  • The Harvey Girls

    Episode 6

    Directed by George Sidney • 1946 • United States
    Starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Angela Lansbury

    Vittles, songs, and dance are amply ladled out when Judy Garland headlines THE HARVEY GIRLS, a joyous musical slice of Americana celebrating the restaurants that brought extra helpings of civiliza...

  • Easter Parade

    Episode 7

    Directed by Charles Walters • 1948 • United States
    Starring Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford

    The only on-screen pairing of Fred Astaire and Judy Garland, this delightful musical confection bursts with classic tunes and turn-of-the-century charm. Astaire is a renowned dancer who, when hi...

  • The Pirate

    Episode 8

    Directed by Vincente Minnelli • 1948 • United States
    Starring Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Walter Slezak

    The larger-than-life talents of Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, the intoxicating songs of Cole Porter, and the imaginative direction of Vincente Minnelli come together in this colorful musical roma...

  • In the Good Old Summertime

    Episode 9

    Directed by Robert Z. Leonard • 1949 • United States
    Starring Judy Garland, Van Johnson, S. Z. Sakall

    IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME—a tale of squabbling music-shop clerks who don’t know they're romantic pen pals—shares a celebrated movie lineage that includes James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan in ...

  • The Barkleys of Broadway

    Episode 10

    Directed by Charles Walters • 1949 • United States
    Starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Oscar Levant

    Ten years after the last of their iconic films together at RKO, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers reunited one last time, this time at MGM and in full Technicolor. They play, appropriately enough, ...

  • On the Town

    Episode 11

    Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen • 1949 • United States
    Starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett

    “New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town!” For this exuberant adaptation of Leonard Bernstein’s Broadway hit, directors Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen busted out of the soundstage a...

  • Summer Stock

    Episode 12

    Directed by Charles Walters • 1950 • United States
    Starring Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken

    There’s an unusual harvest at Falbury Farm: beans, hay, and show tunes! It’s a bumper crop, too, with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly leading all the hoofing, singing, and sparking. In her final MGM m...

  • An American in Paris

    Episode 13

    Directed by Vincente Minnelli • 1951 • United States
    Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant

    Gene Kelly, producer Arthur Freed, director Vincente Minnelli, and a skilled production team conjure an entertainment for the ages. Kelly plays an ex-GI who remains in Paris to pursue life as an ...

  • The Band Wagon

    Episode 14

    Directed by Vincente Minnelli • 1953 • United States
    Starring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant

    “That’s entertainment!” One of the greatest of MGM’s classic musicals, this Vincente Minnelli–directed showstopper stars Fred Astaire as Tony Hunter, a washed-up Hollywood actor who returns to ...

  • Give a Girl a Break

    Episode 15

    Directed by Stanley Donen • 1953 • United States
    Starring Marge Champion, Gower Champion, Debbie Reynolds

    When a temperamental star walks out of a big Broadway show, it’s time to GIVE A GIRL A BREAK. But which of the hopefuls will land the lead? Suzy (Debbie Reynolds) brings pizzazz. Joanna (Hel...

  • I Love Melvin

    Episode 16

    Directed by Don Weis • 1953 • United States
    Starring Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Una Merkel

    Melvin Hoover is a bumbler (except when he’s dancing on skates), a workaday gofer for “Look” magazine (except when he fakes being a big-time photographer), and in love (without exception) with Broad...

  • Lili
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    Episode 17

    Lili

    Episode 17

    Directed by Charles Walters • 1953 • United States
    Starring Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Jean-Pierre Aumont

    Leslie Caron stars as the title character, a vulnerable orphan waif who finds a home with the puppet show in a traveling circus—and the love of a magician (Jean-Pierre Aumont) who, at first, ...

  • Brigadoon
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    Episode 18

    Brigadoon

    Episode 18

    Directed by Vincente Minnelli • 1954 • United States
    Starring Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse

    Vincente Minnelli’s sublime adaptation of the classic Lerner and Loewe musical stars Gene Kelly as Tommy Albright, a New York office worker who, while on vacation in the Scottish Highlands, stumbl...

  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    Episode 19

    Directed by Stanley Donen • 1954 • United States
    Starring Howard Keel, Jane Powell, Jeff Richards

    Like a favorite flannel shirt, everything fits right in this rugged whoop-for-joy musical directed by Stanley Donen, choreographed by Michael Kidd, and featuring an exhilarating Gene de Paul/Johnny ...

  • It’s Always Fair Weather

    Episode 20

    Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen • 1955 • United States
    Starring Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse

    Sparkling with wit and exuberant numbers, IT’S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER centers on three World War II buddies (Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, and Michael Kidd) who vow to reunite for old time’s sake...

  • That’s Entertainment!

    Episode 21

    Directed by Jack Haley Jr. • 1974 • United States
    Starring Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly

    With the first talking picture, film stars began to sing . . . and to dance. For thirty years, through the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, a uniquely American art form spread in Technicolor from Hollywood acro...