- The film That's Dancing! is also known as That's Entertainment! III.
That's Entertainment! III (1994) is a documentary film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to celebrate the studio's 70th anniversary. It was the third in a series of retrospectives that began with the first That's Entertainment! (1974) and That's Entertainment II (1976). Although posters and home video versions use the title without an exclamation mark, the actual on-screen title of the film uses it.
Many changes had occurred since the first two films - including the deaths of Fred Astaire (who had co-hosted the first two films) and many other MGM stars of the past. Plus, the advent of home video and cable TV had made many of MGM's films readily accessible to audiences, a luxury they did not have in the mid-1970s.
In order to provide a "hook" for audiences, the producers decided to feature film footage cut from famous MGM musicals. Many of these numbers were shown for the first time in That's Entertainment! III.
- An alternate version of Eleanor Powell's extended tap dance routine to "Fascinating Rhythm" from Lady Be Good, shot from a second camera that revealed the well-orchestrated, behind the cameras activity needed to keep the scene moving smoothly.
- "Ain't it the Truth", a Lena Horne performance from Cabin in the Sky which was cut (Horne suggests it was censored) before the film's release because Horne sang the song in a bubble bath.
- Several previously unseen Judy Garland production numbers, including "Mr. Monotony", cut from Easter Parade because it was deemed too risque for the period of the film (the half-tuxedo outfit Garland wears in this number is the same as the one she'd wear in the "Get Happy" number from Summer Stock three years later); an extravagant musical number, "March of the Doagies," cut from The Harvey Girls; and two numbers filmed for Annie Get Your Gun ("I'm An Indian Too" and "Doin' What Comes Naturally") before Garland was replaced by Betty Hutton. Garland left MGM soon after, making these her final musical performances for the studio. The original theatrical release omits "Doin' What Comes Naturally" but it is included on the home video version.
- Footage from an abandoned 1930 musical called The March of Time, in particular a sequence called "The Lock Step" featuring The Dodge Twins which strongly resembles the later title musical sequence from the 1957 Elvis Presley film, Jailhouse Rock (also featured in That's Entertainment! III).
- Debbie Reynolds singing "You Are My Lucky Star" in a sequence cut from Singin' in the Rain.
- Ava Gardner's unused vocal performance of "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" for Show Boat before she was dubbed by vocalist Annette Warren.
- The opening dance sequence from The Barkleys of Broadway with the credits overlay removed so that the dance routine by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers can be viewed unobstructed for the first time.
- An alternate performance of "I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man" by Astaire from the film The Belle of New York. In the alternate take, Astaire wears informal clothes; the studio requested the number be reshot in formal dress. In the film. both performances are shown side-by-side to demonstrate the thoroughness of Astaire's rehearsal process since both performances are virtually identical.
- An unused performance of "Two-Faced Woman" lip-synched by Cyd Charisse from The Band Wagon, presented side-by-side with a performance from the film Torch Song using the same vocal track but now lip-synched by Joan Crawford.
- An alternate version of "A Lady Loves" performed by Debbie Reynolds in I Love Melvin, intercut with the version used in the film (the cut version is set in a farmyard while the version used takes place in opulent surroundings).
Hosts for the third installment in the That's Entertainment! series were Gene Kelly (in his final appearance on film before his death in 1996), June Allyson, Cyd Charisse, Lena Horne, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Debbie Reynolds, and Esther Williams, making her first appearance in a theatrical film in more than 30 years.
All three films were released to DVD in 2004. The box set collection of the films included a bonus DVD that included additional musical numbers that had been cut from MGM films as well as the first release of the complete performance of "Mr. Monotony" by Judy Garland (the version used in That's Entertainment! III is truncated). The home video version of That's Entertainment! III also contains several musical numbers not in the theatrical release.
- Here's to the Girls - Fred Astaire from (Ziegfeld Follies) 1946
- My Pet Song - The Five Locest Sisters from (The Five Locest Sisters) 1928
- Singin' in the Rain (Finale) - Cliff Edwards and MGM Studio and Orchestra Chorus from (The Hollywood Revue of 1929) 1929
- The Lockstep - Two Twins Sisters from (March of Time) 1930
- Clean as a Whistle - MGM Studio and Orchestra Girls Chorus from (Meet the Baron) 1933
- Ah, Sweet Mystery - Jeanette MacDonald / Nelson Eddy from (Naughty Marietta) 1935
- Hollywood Party - MGM Studio and Orchestra Chorus from (Hollywood Party) 1934
- Follow in my Footsteps - Eleanor Powell / Robert Taylor / George Murphy / MGM Studio and Orchestra Chorus from (Broadway Melody of 1938) 1937
- Fascinating Rhythm - Eleanor Powell / MGM Studio and Orchestra Chorus from (Lady be Good) 1941
- Good Morning - Mickey Rooney / Judy Garland from (Babes in Arms) 1939
- Ten Percent Off - Jimmy Durante / Esther Williams from (This Time For Keeps)
- Tom and Jerry fame - Esther Williams from (Dangerous when Wet) 1953
- Finale of Bathing Beauty - Esther Williams from (Bathing Beauty) 1944
- Cleopatterer - June Allyson from (Till the Clouds Roll By) 1946
- The Three B's - June Allyson / Gloria DeHeaven / MGM Studio and Orchestra Chorus from (Best Foot Forward) 1943
- My Heart Sings - Kathryn Grayson from (Anchors Aweigh) 1945
- Shakin' the Blues Away - Ann Miller / MGM Studio and Orchestra Chorus from (Easter Parade) 1948
- Pass That Peace pipe (dance) - Joan MaCackern / Ray McDonald from (Good News) 1947
- On The Town - Gene Kelly / Frank Sinatra / Ann Miller / Vera-Ellen & 2 more person from (On the Town) 1949
- Baby, You Knock me out - Cyd Charisse / MGM Studio and Orchestra Chorus gentlemen from (It's Always Fair Weather) 1955
- Ballin' The Jack - Judy Garland / Gene Kelly from (For me and my Gal) 1942
- Dance with Squeaky Newspaper - Gene Kelly from (Summer Stock) 1950
- Slaughter on 10th Avenue - Vera-Ellen / Gene Kelly / MGM Studio and orchestra from (Words and Music) 1948
- An American in Paris Ballet - Gene Kelly / Leslie Caron from (An American in Paris) 1951
- Fit as a Fiddle - Gene Kelly / Donald O'Connor from (Singin' in the Rain) 1952
- The Heather on the Hill - Gene Kelly / Cyd Charisse from (Brigadoon) 1954
- You Are my Lucky Star (Outtake) - Debbie Reynolds from (Singin' in the Rain) 1952
- You Stepped Out with the Dream - Tony Martin / MGM Studio and Orchestra Chorus from (Ziegfeld Girl) 1941
- A Lady Loves - Debbie Reynolds / MGM Studio and Orchestra Chorus from (I Love Melvin) 1953
- Thanks a Lot But No Thanks - Dolores Gray from (It's Always Fair Weather) 1955
- Two Faced Women - Joan Crawford / MGM Studio and Orchestra Chorus from (The Torch Song) 1953
- Ma ma - Mickey Rooney dubbed with women from (Babes on Broadway) 1941
- Where or When - Lena Horne from (Words and Music) 1948
- Just One of Those Things - Lena Horne from (Panama Hattie) 1942
- Ain't it the Truth (Outtake) - Lena Horne from (Cabin in the Sky) 1943
- Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man - Ava Gardner from (Show Boat) 1951
- Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man - Lena Horne from (Till the Clouds Roll By) 1946
- I'm an Indian Too - with Judy Garland (Outtake) from (Annie get your Gun) 1950
- I Wish I Were In Love Again - Judy Garland / Mickey Rooney from (Words and Music) 1948
- Swing Mr Mendelssohn - Judy Garland / MGM Studio and Orchestra Chorus Girls from (Everybody Sing) 1938
- In Between - Judy Garland from (Love Finds Andy Hardy) 1938
- Follow the Yellow Brick Road - Judy Garland / The Munchkins from (The Wizard of Oz) 1939
- You're Off to See the Wizard - The Munchkins from (The Wizard of Oz) 1939
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland from (The Wizard of Oz) 1939
- How About You - Judy Garland / Mickey Rooney from (Babes on Broadway) 1941
- Minnie from Tridend - Judy Garland / MGM Studio and Orchestra Chorus from (Ziegfeld Girl) 1941
- Who - Judy Garland from (Till the Clouds Roll By) 1946
- March of the Doagies - Judy Garland / Ray Bolger / MGM Studio and Orchestra Chorus from (The Harvey Girls) 1946
- Get Happy - Judy Garland from (Summer Stock) 1950
- Mr Mononty - (Outtake) Judy Garland from (Easter Parade) 1948
- It Only Happens When I Danced with You - Fred Astaire / Ann Miller from (Easter Parade) 1948
- Drum Crazy - Fred Astaire from (Easter Parade) 1948
- The Girl Hunter - Fred Astaire / Cyd Charisse from (The Band Wagon) 1953
- Swing Trot - (main title) Fred Astaire / Ginger Rogers /MGM Studio and Orchestra Chorus from (The Barkleys of Broadway) 1949
- I Wanna be a Dancin' Man - Fred Astaire
- Anything You Can Do - Betty Hutton / Howard Keel from (Annie get your Gun) 1950
- Stereophonic Sound - Fred Astaire / Janis Paige from (Silk Stockings) 1957
- Shakin' the Blues Away - Doris Day / MGM Studio and Orchestra Chorus from (Love Me or Leave Me) 1956
- Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley from (Jailhouse Rock) 1957
- Gigi - Louis Jourdan from (Gigi) 1958
- That's Entertainment - Fred Astaire / Cyd Charisse / MGM Studio and Orchestra Chorus from (The Band Wagon) 1953