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There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Musical  |  16 December 1954 (USA)
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Molly and Terry Donahue, plus their three children, are The Five Donahues. Son Tim meets hat-check girl Vicky and the family act begins to fall apart.

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Richard Eastham ...
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Eddie Dugan, Vicky's Agent
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Father Dineen
Lee Patrick ...
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Eve Miller ...
Helen - Hatcheck Girl
Robin Raymond ...
Lillian Sawyer
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Molly and Terry Donahue, plus their three children, are The Five Donahues. Son Tim meets hat-check girl Vicky and the family act begins to fall apart. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Trivia

"Anything You Can Do" (music and lyrics by Irving Berlin), sung by Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey, was cut from this movie. The song as filmed still exists. In 1946, Miss Merman and Ray Middleton had introduced this song in the Broadway musical "Annie Get Your Gun", and it also appears in the film adaptation Annie Get Your Gun (1950) starring Betty Hutton and Howard Keel. See more »

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When Tim goes to Vicki's and gets her, her assistant was going by with the purple dress and Vicki calls her assistant as Nellie and after Nellie says that it (the color) was what director picked, Vicki calls her assistant as Millie. See more »

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Molly Donahue: [speaking of their children] I want them to have an education... a real education. They have to learn arithmetic and spelling and geography.
Terence Donahue: You never went past the sixth grade... and it was probably the fourth grade, because you said it was the sixth.
Molly Donahue: My age is the only thing I lie about, and I don't add on, I take off.
Terence Donahue: All right, the sixth grade, but there's nothing wrong with your arithmetic. You can whistle 'Mandy', do an 'Off to Buffalo', and count the house at the same time, and tell me ...
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Alexander's Ragtime Band
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Written by Irving Berlin
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The BEST show-biz movie EVER!
24 February 2001 | by (sharon hill, pa) – See all my reviews

Yeah, yeah. It's hokey, it's sentimental, it's gaudy and it's loud. It's also the most entertaining, involving and unpretentious movie about Show Business ever filmed. The cast is perfect, particularly Merman, Daily and O'Connor. (Ethel Merman and Dan Daily as Donald O'Connor's Mom and Dad? Well, maybe it shouldn't have worked, but it does.) Marilyn is not at her best in the "dramatic" scenes, but all 3 of her big numbers are memorable. Johnnie Ray plays a priest(!) Well, at least he could sing. And Mitzi Gaynor hardly sings at all (thankfully), but is given the opportunity to dance quite often (thankfully). It's big, it's garish and it wear its great big heart on its sleeve. A movie to love and watch over and over.

NOTE: For all TNBLSB buffs, one of the numbers that was deleted from the release print for time, has recently been unearthed. It is included in an American Movie Classics' special documentary, entitled "Hidden Hollywood". It includes many musical numbers that were edited out of 20th Century-Fox musicals of the 30's, 40's and 50's. This one is "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better", and is the ONLY number to feature the FOUR Donahues: Ethel, Dan, Mitzi and Donald. It's great. (I don't think anybody would mind sitting through an extra 5 minutes of running time to catch this delightful musical moment.)


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