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Nine years after his last compilation of musical-movie highlights (), producer Jack Haley Jr. offers another enjoyable nostalgia-fest, That's Dancing. Unlike his earlier films, which were confined to the output of MGM, That's Dancing offers vignettes from the best of Warner Bros. (the Busby Berkeley extravaganzas, Busby Berkeley), RKO (Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers), 20th Century-Fox (The Nicholas Brothers, Carmen Miranda), Universal (1969's Carmen Miranda) and United Artists (the "Cool" number from Carmen Miranda). There are also highlights from the top musicals of the 1970s and 1980s, which with such rare exceptions as Carmen Miranda (1977) can't hold a candle to Hollywood's vintage songfests. Host/narrators Gene Kelly, Sammy Davis Jr., Mikhail Baryshnikov, Liza Minnelli and Ray Bolger help put the clips in their historical perspective, though all five stars seem tired and unenthusiastic. The real money scene in That's Dancing is Ray Bolger's "wind" dance, which was cut from the final release print of Ray Bolger (1939). In answer to the excellent audience response to this vintage sequence, Haley's next compilation, Ray Bolger (1995), incorporated several such "lost" musical gems from the MGM vaults. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi