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1945, Warner Bros., 110 min, USA, Dir: Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth

A cavalcade of MGM stars populates this musical omnibus, with highlights from Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, William Powell, Red Skelton, Esther Williams, Lucille Ball, Judy Garland, and many others. A must-see for fans of classic Hollywood.

1944, Universal, 93 min, USA, Dir: Robert Siodmak

A troubled singer (Deanna Durbin) spends a stormy night in New Orleans spinning a tale of woe for a broken-hearted soldier: She married a mama’s boy who's locked up in prison, but she still carries a torch for him. Siodmak cleverly unfolds W. Somerset Maugham's backtracking story, while Gene Kelly (!) uses his avuncular charm to mask a murderous streak. A wickedly delightful alternative to proper Yuletide fare.

1974, Warner Bros., 135 min, Dir: Jack Haley Jr.

An impressive array of classic MGM stars - Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Liza Minnelli, Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra, to name a few - discuss their favorite and most memorable experiences at the studio known for its musical panache, in this documentary directed by Jack Haley’s son. This anthology film features archival footage of legendary MGM stars and rarely seen performances such as a singing and dancing Clark Gable. Clips from SINGIN' IN THE RAIN to THE BANDWAGON and more.

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