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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Complete credited cast:
Madelyn Corlane
Gower Champion ...
Ted Sturgis
Suzy Doolittle
Dolly Sharp ...
Mrs. Olga Bradshaw / Joanna Moss (as Helen Wood)
Helen Wood ...
Mrs. Olga Bradshaw / Joanna Moss
Bob Dowdy
Leo Belney
Burton Bradshaw
William Ching ...
Anson Prichett
Mrs. Doolittle
Felix Jordan
Donna Martell ...
Janet Hallson


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 <>

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Release Date:

3 December 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Donnez-lui une chance  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Bob Dowdy: Suzy, you don't know how wonderful it is to meet someone like you. Someone I can, converse with.
Suzy Doolittle: That's the way I feel too. Everything's so crazy nowadays, that there's so many things I'd like to ask you, things I couldn't talk to my mother about. Like, for instance, rocket ships and what if you get to like someone and the first thing you know, he might have to go off and, or, all sorts of things.
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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 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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