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Belles on Their Toes (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | 16 May 1952 (USA)
The "Cheaper by the Dozen" crew is back, sans Clifton Webb. Lillian is struggling to make ends meet without her husband's income, while Anne, Martha, and even Ernestine find romance.

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The "Cheaper by the Dozen" crew is back, sans Clifton Webb. Lillian is struggling to make ends meet without her husband's income, while Anne, Martha, and even Ernestine find romance. Written by Dan Weckerly

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The film is a sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen (1950), which also depicted the adventures of the real-life Gilbreth family, whose father and mother, Frank and Lillian, reared 12 children. As shown in the film, after Frank's death, Lillian continued his work in order to keep her family together and eventually became a very successful industrial engineer. Several of the actors from "Cheaper by the Dozen", including Myrna Loy, Jeanne Crain and Barbara Bates, reprised their roles, but some of the boys from the original cast, having grown too much to reprise their roles, were recast as older Gilbreth boys, such as Jimmy Hunt, who originally played "William" but played "Fred" in the sequel. See more »

Quotes

Sam Harper: [hearing muffled explosion] What on earth was that?
Dr. Lillian M. Gilbreth: The childern have a chemistry set in the cellar.
Sam Harper: Smells like alcohol.
Dr. Lillian M. Gilbreth: Mr. Harper, alcohol is a chemical.
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A young man's hand closes the last page of the Cheaper by the Dozen novel and transitions the book to the cover of Belles on Their Toes in which the credits are printed inside the novel. See more »

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Follows Cheaper by the Dozen (1950) See more »

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Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (Has Anybody Seen My Girl?)
Music by Ray Henderson Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Sung by an off screen vocalist when the Gilbreth children are at the beach
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Not As Fun As The First Film But Acceptable
19 May 2003 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

Cheaper by the dozen was the first story involving the Gilbreth family and was headed by Frank Gilbreth, played by Clifton Webb. He died at the end of the first movie as he gave charge of the family to his wife, Lillian Gilbreth played by Myrna Loy. This film probably would have been a little more inspiring if it had centered on the strength of Mrs Gilbreth overcoming the odds of raising a dozen children and a dog during a time when woman were not as accepted in a "man's world of business." But this film was a comedy, so it centered on the teenage daughters and their love lives. Jeannie Crain plays Ann Gilbreth, the only daughter shown getting married but only after finally accepting the idea that children grow and leave home. This was a tightly knitted family and this was how they overcame many difficult times. The ending entails a fine salute to the man that would have loved to have seen his children all grown up as an aged old mother Gilbreth remembers the many memories that will never leave her heart. A job well done by Mrs Gilbreth.


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