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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

Complete credited 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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Storyline

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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3 December 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Donnez-lui une chance  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although Stanley Donen and Gower Champion were credited with staging the musical numbers, Bob Fosse insisted on doing the choreography for his dance scenes. See more »

Goofs

The theater marquee on opening night says "Felix Jordan's New Review". It should be "New Revue." 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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1 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Interesting what another reviewer said here about this movie originally being written for Kelly, Garland, etc. I suspected it was intended for Kelly or Astaire, with Kazner part written for Oscar Levant, and Fosse part intended for Donald O'Connor. The screen writers were some of MGM's best, who usually wrote big budget films.

I wonder if the entire film, or most obviously, the dance number the Champions do with all the vertical poles were shot in 3D. That dance seems smartly designed for 3D, and the film was made in 1953, the year Hollywood made something like 80 3D films.

OK now my very brief review. This film is mostly a delight, as were several other early 50's, small scale MGM musicals. All that talent, in front of and behind the screen, make the slim and tired story, and modest production values irrelevant.


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