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Give a Girl a Break (1953)

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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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3 December 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »

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Give a Girl a Break
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Marge Champion, Debbie Reynolds, Helen Wood and ensemble
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Give a movie a break
20 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another movie I had never heard of before I saw it on TCM. Robert Osborne pointed out afterwards the amusing anecdote about Mrs. Ira Gershwin saying to her husband after seeing the rushes of this film: "If you've got any MGM stock sell it!" He also said that MGM too had no faith in this movie and underdistributed it shamefully. That's probably why I never heard of it before. But this is scandalous! It's a brilliant and iconic and wonderful movie and needs to be talked about whenever the good old days of MGM musicals are discussed. Imagine all those talented dancers, choreographers and directors all there together in one movie: The Champions, Fosse, Robbins, Donen, Burton Lane, Ira Gershwin, etc. (Brilliant lyrics! "Our united state,""house full of cute representatives" etc, etc: brother George would have been proud!) Helen Wood's brilliant dancing made we wonder whatever became of her. A movie which combined venerable genres (the inside Broadway genre: 42nd Street, Lullaby of Broadway; the psychoanalytic dream sequence/vignette genre: Lady in the Dark, Oklahoma, Tales of Manhattan, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, etc; career vs family genres: The Red Shoes) with things yet to come (The Turning Point). But the bottom line is: such dancing! To the Astaire and Kelly movies should be added this Champion/Fosse/Donen movie. So sad there weren't more of them!


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