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There's No Business Like Show Business -- A priest rejoins his showbiz family for a benefit performance and their lives, loves, and conflicts of twenty years are chronicled in this Cinemascope musical marvel.
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Director:
Writers:
Phoebe Ephron (screenplay) and
Henry Ephron (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
16 December 1954 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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. See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Mr. Berlin, Madame Merman and Miss Monroe in unequal measure! See more (54 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ethel Merman ... Molly Donahue

Donald O'Connor ... Tim Donahue

Marilyn Monroe ... Vicky Parker

Dan Dailey ... Terence Donahue
Johnnie Ray ... Steve Donahue

Mitzi Gaynor ... Katy Donahue
Richard Eastham ... Lew Harris

Hugh O'Brian ... Charles Gibbs

Frank McHugh ... Eddie Dugan, Vicky's Agent

Rhys Williams ... Father Dineen
Lee Patrick ... Marge
Eve Miller ... Helen - Hatcheck Girl
Robin Raymond ... Lillian Sawyer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Oliver ... Bandleader (as Eddie Oliver)

Dorothy Abbott ... Showgirl (uncredited)

Dorothy Adams ... Nurse (uncredited)
Robert Adler ... Night Watchman (uncredited)
Aladdin ... Orchestra Violinist (uncredited)
Fred Aldrich ... Private Detective (uncredited)
Charlotte Austin ... Lorna (uncredited)
Jimmy Baird ... Steve - Age 6 (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Party Guest (uncredited)

George Chakiris ... Dancer (uncredited)

Chick Chandler ... Harry (uncredited)
Billy Chapin ... Steve - Age 10 (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Carmen Clifford ... (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Alphonso DuBois ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Elaine DuPont ... (uncredited)
Isabelle Dwan ... Sophie Tucker (uncredited)
Dominic Frontiere ... Musician (uncredited)
Donald Gamble ... Young Tim (uncredited)
Mimi Gibson ... Katy - Age 4 (uncredited)
Paul Glass ... Trombonist (uncredited)
Gavin Gordon ... Geoffrey (uncredited)
Stanley Hall ... Dancer with Vicky (uncredited)
Stuart Hall ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Policeman (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Man Talking to Sophie (uncredited)
Doris Kemper ... Lottie (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Priest on Altar (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Bobby Clark (uncredited)
Linda Lowell ... Katy - Age 8 (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Booking Agent (uncredited)
Jimmie Maddin ... Bandleader (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Gallagher's Roof Waiter (uncredited)
Matt Mattox ... Dancer (uncredited)
George Melford ... Kelly (uncredited)
Buzz Miller ... Dancer (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Alvy Moore ... Katy's Date (uncredited)
Duke Morgan ... Musician (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Ron Nyman ... Tattooed Sailor (uncredited)
Howard Parker ... Dancer (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Man in Church (uncredited)
Louis Quinn ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Fred Rapport ... Gallagher's Roof Headwaiter (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Henry Slate ... Dance Director (uncredited)
Sandra Spence ... Girl at Railroad Station (uncredited)
Mary Stewart ... Funhouse Witch (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Booking Agent (uncredited)

Lyle Talbot ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... EmCee / Orchestra Leader (voice) (uncredited)
Tommy Walker ... (uncredited)
Walter Winchell ... Walter Winchell (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Lang 
 
Writing credits
Phoebe Ephron (screenplay) and
Henry Ephron (screenplay)

Lamar Trotti (story)

Produced by
Sol C. Siegel .... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Earle Hagen (uncredited)
Bernard Mayers (uncredited)
Alfred Newman (uncredited)
Lionel Newman (uncredited)
Hal Schaefer (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson  (as Robert Simpson)
 
Art Direction by
John DeCuir  (as John De Cuir)
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss  (as Stuart Reiss)
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Travilla 
Miles White 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist: Miss Monroe (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Gaston Glass .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ad Schaumer .... assistant director
Joseph E. Rickards .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Murray Spivack .... sound
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
Ray Bomba .... sound editor (uncredited)
Etter D'Orazio .... sound editor (uncredited)
Robert O'Brien .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... playback operator (uncredited)
Bob Weatherford .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Emmett Schoenbaum .... still photographer (uncredited)
Clyde Taylor .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Robert Alton .... dances and musical numbers staged by
Ken Darby .... music arranger: vocals
Ken Darby .... vocal supervisor
Earle Hagen .... orchestrator
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator
Alfred Newman .... conductor
Alfred Newman .... music supervisor
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Lionel Newman .... music supervisor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (as Edward B.Powell)
Hal Schaefer .... music arranger: vocals
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (as Herbert Spencer)
 
Other crew
Robert Alton .... choreographer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... presenter
Hal Bell .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Jerry Bryan .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Jack Cole .... choreographer (uncredited)
John Devlin .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Martha Manor .... stand-in (uncredited)
Rose Steinberg .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Irving Berlin's There's No Business Like Show Business" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
117 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (optical prints) | 4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Japan:G (2009) | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #17074) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Irving Berlin loved Ethel Merman, having first worked with her in a previous cavalcade of his songs, Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938). After that film, Berlin told her that he was so impressed with her talent that he promised to work with her again. He kept that promise and wrote two Broadway shows especially for her: "Annie Get Your Gun" in 1946 and "Call Me Madam" in 1950, the latter of which also starred Merman in the film adaptation: Call Me Madam (1953). The song "There's No Business Like Show Business" is from "Annie Get Your Gun".See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: In the "Heatwave" number, Marilyn Monroe actually accidentally pokes her finger in a dancer's eye, something you can see on the DVD on slow motion. The dancer is seen trying to hide behind the tree with his hand over his eye, but is enough of a trooper to continue with the number. Right after Marilyn pokes the dancer in the eye she performs a twirl, pokes her head between the branches of the fake tree and gives the dancer a kiss as an apology (it's quick but definitely a peck on the cheek to make up for the eye poke).See more »
Quotes:
Molly Donahue:You start worrying about your kids the day they're born, and you never stop. Even after they bury you, I bet you never stop worrying.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Heat WaveSee more »

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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Mr. Berlin, Madame Merman and Miss Monroe in unequal measure!, 3 June 2003
Author: Greg Couture from Portland, Oregon

When Darryl F. Zanuck virtually forced exhibitors and most of his fellow studio mogul rivals to adopt CinemaScope as a panacea for TV's devastation of Hollywood's weekly box office bonanza, he dictated that virtually all of Twentieth's output was to be filmed in that eye-stretching process. "There's No Business Like Show Business," directed by that old pro, Walter Lang, seems to be the prime example of Darryl's minions saying to their boss: "You want wide? We'll give you W-I-D-E!!"

Everything about it was designed and lensed to emphasize the original ratio of the CinemaScope process and viewing it on a video that isn't letterboxed must look like what a one-eyed person must experience in everyday life. I never did see it in a theater but I have seen it on a TV broadcast which more-or-less recreated its widescreen ratio. It's a glorious mish-mash. Every Berlin tune that could be stuffed into it is given at least one run-through; John de Cuir's production design must have occupied every inch of several of Twentieth's West Los Angeles soundstages; Ethel Merman, after her terrific movie repeat of her Broadway success in "Call Me Madam" for Fox (and now, as of 2005, available on video), trumpets away in number after number (Must have been an ear-rending experience over those original four-track stereophonic sound systems.); Dan Dailey, Donald O'Connor and Mitzi Gaynor give it their energetic best; and then there's Marilyn. What can we say, with all that so sadly, in her personal life, came after she reluctantly fulfilled her contractual obligation in this one? She dazzles in, let's face it, a rather vulgar way, and seems shoehorned in to boost the potential box office. And they even added Johnnie Ray, a huge jukebox success at the time (and, due to his hearing deficiency, performing his songs at an even greater volume than La Merman.)

All in all this one shouldn't be missed if you want to view an example of Hollywood at its brassiest, in a production fairly bulging with elements that may not coalesce very harmoniously but which was, no doubt, worth the price of admission to those movie palaces before they were carved up to become the precursors of today's sterile multiplexes.

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