Easter Parade is a delightful holiday musical starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. Made in 1948, it also stars Ann Miller and Peter Lawford. It is set in 1912. Music is by Irving Berlin with songs such as “Easter Parade,” “Steppin Out With My Baby,” and “We’re a Couple of Swells.”
Fred Astaire plays a Broadway star, Don Hewes. His dancing partner Nadine Hale (Ann Miller) has plans to be in another show without him. His best friend Johnny, played by Peter Lawford, shows up and Nadine is interested in him. Don is angry and goes to a bar where he sees Judy Garland in the chorus. He enlists the unknown Hannah Brown (Garlan) to teach her to be a star. Johnny, in the meantime, meets Hannah at a rehearsal and is attracted to her.
Nadine’s show is a success and Hannah finds out that Nadine used to be Don’s girlfriend. She tries to find more ways to be with Don by making mistakes so that they have to rehearse more. Hannah thinks that Don used her to make Nadine jealous. Johnny tells Hannah she should forgive Don and she goes to meet him for their date at the Easter parade. Don proposes to Hannah as photographers take their pictures while they walk down the street during the parade. The movie was the most profitable one either Astaire or Garland ever made. Easter Parade won the Academy Award for Best Original Music Score in 1948. Some of the other songs included were “Happy Easter,” “It Only Happens When I Dance with You,” “A Fella with an Umbrella,” “Shakin the Blues Away”, “Better Luck Next Time,” all by Irving Berlin.