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Mother Wore Tights (1947)

In this chronicle of a vaudeville family, Myrtle McKinley (class of 1900) goes to San Francisco to attend business school, but ends up in a chorus line. Soon, star Frank Burt notices her ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Daddy
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Iris
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Mikie
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Bessie
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Grandmother McKinley
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Mr. Schneider
Ruth Nelson ...
Miss Ridgeway
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Alice Flemmerhammer
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Roy Bivins (as Michael Dunne)
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Grandfather McKinley
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Rosemary Olcott
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Papa
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Lil
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In this chronicle of a vaudeville family, Myrtle McKinley (class of 1900) goes to San Francisco to attend business school, but ends up in a chorus line. Soon, star Frank Burt notices her talent, hires her for a "two-act", then marries her. Incidents of the marriage and the growing pains of eldest daughter Iris are followed, interspersed with nostalgic musical numbers. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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In our family dad wore the pants but . . . Mother Wore Tights [Australia Theatrical]

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September 1947 (USA)  »

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Siempre en tus brazos  »

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$2,727,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Twentieth Century-Fox had wanted either James Cagney or Fred Astaire to play the role of song-and-dance man Frank Burt. After negotiations with Mr. Astaire fell through, Betty Grable requested John Payne, who already had appeared with her in Tin Pan Alley (1940), Footlight Serenade (1942), Springtime in the Rockies (1942) and The Dolly Sisters (1945). See more »

Connections

Featured in Biography: Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-up (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me)
(uncredited)
Music by Theodore Morse
Lyrics by Howard Johnson
Sung in part by chorus
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Pedestrian backstage story of vaudeville family.

This is strictly for fans of Betty Grable and Dan Dailey. The story is pedestrian and saccharine and has been done and infinitum in the movie musical world. It does have going for it fine Technicolor cinematography which was nominated for an Oscar, plus Alfred Newman's lively orchestrations which won an Oscar. It was additionally nominated for Best Song. Costumes are lavish and should also have been nominated. It's harmless but hardly outstanding.


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