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Musicals Great Musicals: The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM 

Documentary chronicling Arthur Freed and his unit's contribution to some of Hollywood's most memorable musicals.


David Thompson




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cyd Charisse ... Herself
Arthur Freed ... Himself (archive footage)
Hugh Fordin Hugh Fordin ... Himself, biographer of Arthur Freed
Stanley Donen ... Himself
André Previn ... Himself
Betty Comden ... Herself
Adolph Green ... Himself
Michael Kidd ... Himself
Mickey Rooney ... Himself
Barbara Saltzman Barbara Saltzman ... Herself, daughter of Arthur Freed
Nacio Herb Brown Nacio Herb Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
Louis B. Mayer ... Himself (archive footage) (as Louis Mayer)
Judy Garland ... Herself (archive footage)
Busby Berkeley ... Himself (archive footage)
Vincente Minnelli ... Himself (archive footage)


Documentary chronicling Arthur Freed and his unit's contribution to some of Hollywood's most memorable musicals.

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Release Date:

2 December 1996 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Featured on the Singin' in the Rain (1952) 50th Anniversary Edition DVD. See more »


References Kiss Me Kate (1953) See more »

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31 May 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

If you are a fan of the old MGM musicals, then you really need to see this one. However, oddly, this episode of "Great Performances" (a PBS show) is included as a special feature on the Turner/MGM release of "Singing in the Rain". I am not sure if it's available elsewhere--so find the bonus disc for this classic musical.

"The Arthur Freed Unit at MGM" is, not surprisingly, about Arthur Freed and his unit of musicians, choreographers, actors and dancers at MGM. The reason why I say this is one you need to see is that practically all the great old musicals were created by Freed and his employees--such as "Gigi", "Singing in the Rain" and "Meet Me in St. Louis" (among MANY others). It consists of LOTS of high quality clips from his films, interviews with various stars and workers from his group as well as some archival footage and interviews with Freed. Overall, it's a wonderful trip down memory lane--and a great film for anyone who thinks they are students of cinema. Also, exceptionally well made.

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