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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:
Good, Could've Been Great See more (52 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)
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)

John Doucette ... Stage Manager (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)
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)
Louis Quinn ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Fred Rapport ... Gallagher's Roof Headwaiter (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
 
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
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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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:
The song "When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam'" was sung by Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey in Irving Berlin's There's No Business Like Show Business (1954) and previously by Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in Irving Berlin's Easter Parade (1948). In 1950, Judy Garland had started to film Annie Get Your Gun (1950) as Annie Oakley in the role that Ethel Merman had originated on Broadway in 1946.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Vicky rehearses the "Heat Wave" number with the band the afternoon of her nightclub opening, it's an entirely different musical arrangement and vocal tempo than she uses in her act later just several hours later.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:
Featured in Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 (1999) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Alexander's Ragtime BandSee more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Good, Could've Been Great, 1 April 2002
Author: kensmark from Right Behind You

Contrary to what a lot of people seem to think of this film, my biggest complaint with it is Marilyn Monroe. The studio shoehorned her into this film in their attempt to make the biggest musical extravaganza ever, and she just doesn't fit. She's so out of sync with the other characters that she might as well be from a different planet.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not a huge Marilyn fan, but she was good (and well-cast) in "Some Like It Hot". She's just all wrong for "No Business Like Show Business", and she looks and sounds ridiculous.

To be fair, Johnnie Ray often doesn't hold up well before modern audiences, either, when he sings. It's not that he's bad; it's that his style has come and gone and hardly been seen since. Everything in this movie tends to be at least a little overdone, and asking Johnnie Ray to exaggerate his singing does not produce flattering results.

Still, Donald O'Connor and Mitzi Gaynor are as brilliant and exuberant as you could hope. Ethel Merman is, well, Ethel Merman, and exactly right for her part. Dan Dailey is like a reliable locomotive that never disappoints.

The story is a bit plodding at times, but it only exists to set up one gala musical number after another. It only really bogs down when it gets caught up with Marilyn's character. If the studio had just left Marilyn out of it, perhaps giving Mitzi Gaynor the love interest role, and toned down the general effort level just a hair, this would've been one of the all-time greats.

It's still absolutely worth seeing -- in widescreen format, if you possibly can.

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