Today is Easter Sunday! A day of celebration and family time. There are very little Easter movies out there to go along with this holiday. Yet, there is on classic musical, Easter Parade. Starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, this musical is a fun filled one to watch all year round.
On Easter Sunday in 1912 Don Hewes (Astaire) is buying gifts for his sweetheart and dance partner Nadine. Unfortunately, Nadine gets a good job offer and breaks up with him. Upset and angry, Don goes out to a bar one night and meets Hannah Brown (Garland). Unaware of who he is, Hannah tells him off. However, when she does learn, she rescinds and partners with him for productions. After going through dance lessons, Hannah and Don find themselves falling in love. But, when Nadine comes back into the picture things get complicated. Hannah is attracted to Don’s best friend Johnny and admits to him that she loves Don. Johnny tries to get Nadine and Don back together upsetting Hannah. When Johnny realizes what he has done, he understands that they love each other inadvertently encouraging Hannah to go after Don. On Easter Sunday, Don receives a great amount of Easter gifts. Unaware that they are from Hannah he opens them one by one. Hannah walks in and tells him to put his new Easter top hat on. Singing the tune “In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, you’ll be the grandest fella at the Easter Parade.” The two go and enjoy their time Easter Sunday in the Easter Parade.
Easter Parade had classic music composed by the legendary Irving Berlin. All of the songs in this musical are well known making it more than just a movie to watch for Easter. In 1948, Judy Garland and Fred Astaire delighted audiences with the song and dances in Easter Parade.