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Give a Girl a Break (1953)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  3 December 1953 (USA)
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The star of an upcoming Broadway production, Janet Hallson, walks out during rehersals. The producers of the show, Ted Sturgis, Leo Belney and Bob Dowdy begin to search a replacement. After... See full summary »

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Cast

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Madelyn Corlane
Gower Champion ...
Ted Sturgis
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Suzy Doolittle
Helen Wood ...
Mrs. Olga Bradshaw / Joanna Moss
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Bob Dowdy
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Leo Belney
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Burton Bradshaw
William Ching ...
Anson Prichett
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Mrs. Doolittle
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Felix Jordan
Donna Martell ...
Janet Hallson
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The star of an upcoming Broadway production, Janet Hallson, walks out during rehersals. The producers of the show, Ted Sturgis, Leo Belney and Bob Dowdy begin to search a replacement. After a quick audition, each favors someone else: Madelyn Corlane, Joanna Moss, Suzie Doolittle. The rest of the movie tells in a series of musical and dance scenes how they finally pick ... Written by Gerhard Gonter <g.gonter@ieee.org>

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Donnez-lui une chance  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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One of the modest budget, B movie musicals MGM used in it's golden age as a showcase for what they hoped were up and coming talents (as well as efficiently using contract players and existing sets). MGM Records did not release a soundtrack album. See more »

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The theater marquee on opening night says "Felix Jordan's New Review". It should be "New Revue." See more »

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Spoofed in The Flea Circus (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

In our United State
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Debbie Reynolds and Bob Fosse
Also played instrumentally for the "Baloon Dance" performed by Reynolds & Fosse
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Give the Dancers More time
22 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie that originally was going to include Fred Astaire, Gene Kelley, Judy Garland and Ann Miller was left with some great dancers such as Gower/Marge Champion and Bob Fosse.

Some people insist that this is a gem - this fanatic of great musicals (flicks that include great dancing, singing and acting), this is just an innocuous adventure of entertainment performed by talented dancers.

The Gower/Marge Champion numbers seemed to be the recipient of more time and money with more well-thought out production values. The Bob Fosse numbers seem surprisingly off-kilter that only suggests the great work that he will be doing in the future.

One could attribute this to Gower's good fortune of dancing with a great dance partner that he can personally bond with. It was fun seeing a dance partnership providing some of the best highlights of the film. The Bob Fosse/Debbie Reynolds seem to suffer because Debbie couldn't fully realize the moves that Fosse was giving her - especially since she was much younger than him. (Note: Interesting seeing a "perky" choreographed dance numbers, especially considering the sharp/edgy/sexily-tinged/jazzy moves that Fosse give to the world).

In addition, Stanley Donen didn't do Fosse any favors with the "backward" footage that looks "out-of-placed" and/or awkward - good ideas that didn't quite produce the desired effects.

Note: Bob Fosse is not a singer - though he tries hard. His best works can be found in much of his latter work and/or in films where he's dancing with Dan Dailey, Gene Kelley and many others.

It's too bad that Bob Fosse and Gower Champion couldn't get along - hence denied the general public of what would be created with these immensely talented dancer/choreographers. A dance showdown between Fred Astaire/Gene Kelley (seen in "The Great Ziegfield") and the team of Fosse/Champion would have been great to experience!! Wouldn't it be fascinating discovering why there were serious fractions that eventually had Bob Fosse/Stanley Donen vs. Gower Champion/Marge Champion/Debbie Reynolds.

fyi: George Chakiris (of "West Side Story" fame) can also be seen in the movie btw: MGM didn't even release this film in New York, that demonstrated their "faith" in this flick. One can only imagine what would have resulted if this $2M film (a big amount for that time) had the originally intended cast of Gene Kelly, Fed Astaire, Judy Garland and Ann Miller - what can only have dream the magic from the Burton Lane/Ira Gershwin songs?!?!


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