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Belles on Their Toes (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | 16 May 1952 (USA)
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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.

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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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Bellezas por casar  »

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Trivia

According to studio publicity, the graduation sequences were filmed at Santa Monica High School, and the barbecue sequences were filmed on location at Paradise Cove in Malibu, CA. Although publicity announced that the songs "Watermelon Weather" by Hoagy Carmichael and 'Paul Francis Webster' qv) and "Monterey" by Carmichael and John Scott, would be in the picture, they were not included in the released film. According to a June 1952 "Hollywood Reporter" news item, theater managers in the Midwest offered patrons a "money-back guarantee" on their enjoyment of this film, and the publicity stunt substantially raised the picture's box-office intake and was used at other venues. 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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Soundtracks

Home Sweet Home
aka "There's No Place Like Home"
Music by H.R. Bishop
Played after Cousin Leora's visit
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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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