Easter walk (film)

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German title Easter walk
Original title Easter parade
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1948
length 107 minutes
Age rating FSK 0
Director Charles Walters
script Sidney Sheldon ,
Frances Goodrich ,
Albert Hackett
production Arthur Freed
music Irving Berlin
camera Harry Stradling Sr.
cut Albert Akst

Easter Walk is a 1948 American film musical starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire .


The film is set in New York from Easter 1912 to Easter 1913 . The famous dancer Don Hewes has a big problem. His partner Nadine Hale wants to start a solo career as a dancer and is leaving him. He goes to a small pub with his friend Jonathan Harrow. You're drowning Don's problem in this pub. At an advanced hour, Don claims that he can form a second Nadine Hale out of any dancer. He picks up the first dancer he comes across from the dance troupe that dances in the bar and asks her to come to a rehearsal with him. That dancer is Hannah Brown, who is actually more of a singer.

With Hannah he begins the difficult rehearsal work. However, he makes a huge mistake by trying to make a copy of Nadine. The prepared program fails. At the same time, Hannah falls in love with Don, but mistakenly believes that Don is still in love with Nadine. Don tries to change the program. He knows of his mistake and is now using Hannah's comic talent and singing skills for a new program. This is a huge success in the Ziegfeld revue . For the premiere party, Hannah and Don, now a couple, go to a bar where Nadine Hale is performing. Nadine, who knows about Hannah's great success, asks Don to dance together on stage in order to annoy her rival. Hannah then leaves the restaurant crying. The couple seems separated again. Jonathan Harrow tries to bring them back together. On Easter Sunday 1913, they are together again and go on the Easter walk on New York's Fifth Avenue .


Easter Walk is one of the most successful MGM musicals of the 1940s. The film was originally intended to be another spectacle for Gene Kelly and Judy Garland after the success of The Pirate . Shortly before filming began, Kelly broke her foot while playing basketball, and so the studio decided that Fred Astaire, who had previously announced his retirement from film, should stand in for Kelly. There were other changes. Vincente Minnelli was originally supposed to direct. Since the studio Minelli's difficult marriage with Garland seemed problematic for the film work, Charles Walters took over the direction instead. Cyd Charisse had been slated for the role of Nadine Hale . Due to a torn ligament, however, she had to be replaced by Ann Miller . Ann Miller, who was sponsored by Louis B. Mayer (who had unsuccessfully asked for her hand), had to get through the filming with an orthopedic corset because her husband had recently pushed her down a flight of stairs.

Despite all the casting problems, the film was a great success, thanks to its wit and above all the big revue scenes. Irving Berlin provided ten vocal numbers from his broad repertoire: including A Couple of Swells (Garland and Astaire with a brilliant dance number as a tramp - for Judy Garland this costume later became an integral part of her shows), I love a piano , It Only Happens When I Dance With You , Happy Easter , Shaking the Blues Away and the eponymous track Easter Parade .


“The inconsequential plot only serves as a pretext for brilliant dance numbers and some vocal duets between Fred Astaire and Judy Garland, who only appeared together here. Entertaining entertainment. "

“Irving Berlin's music carries this lively dance film with many evergreens and the famous Fifth Avenue finale with Berlin's theme song. Rating 3 stars (very good) "

"Ten old and seven new Irving Berlin songs (...) give the conventional musical plot a shine."

- The great TV feature film film dictionary


The film received an Oscar for best music in 1949 .

DVD release

  • Easter walk. Special edition . Warner Home Video 2005

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Easter walk. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  2. ^ Adolf Heinzlmeier , Berndt Schulz : Lexicon "Films on TV" . (Extended new edition), Rasch and Röhring, Hamburg 1990, ISBN 3-89136-392-3 , p. 628
  3. The great TV feature film film lexicon . Digital library special volume (CD-ROM edition). Directmedia, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-89853-036-1 , pp. 94-95