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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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Phoebe Ephron (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
16 December 1954 (USA) See more »
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 »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination See more »
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That extra bow! See more (54 total) »


  (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)

William Hoehne Jr. ... Blond Haired dancer (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
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)
Crew verified as complete

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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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117 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (optical prints) | 4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Japan:G (2009) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #17074) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

During the filming of the scene where Donald O'Connor and Marilyn Monroe were kissing, there were over 1,000 onlookers who had drifted over from other sets.See more »
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 »
Molly Donahue:Fit Lew Harris into this picture, will you?
Vicky Hoffman:Lew did everything for me. Maybe he did have some ideas, that doesn't mean I always agreed with them. There was never anyone for me but Tim.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 (1999) (TV)See more »
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25 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
That extra bow!, 2 June 2006
Author: jotix100 from New York

20th Century Fox was no match for MGM when it came to musicals. Daryl F. Zanuk decided to gamble with this film where the talents of a Broadway star, Ethel Merman, would be showcased. Ms. Merman in spite of being the toast of Broadway, never made it big in Hollywood. After all, she was not a radiant beauty, but oh, could she belt a song that could be heard at the top of the balcony! Phoebe and Henry Ephron were brought on board to write the screen treatment and Walter Lang directed.

The musical was also blessed in that Irving Berlin's music is heard throughout in all its glory. Ms. Merman was the perfect actress to interpret the songs written by Mr. Berlin. They made a perfect duo, even though, for some viewers not used to Ethel Merman's singing style, it might prove an uneasy combination.

The story is simple enough. It follows the Donahues from the early days of vaudeville through some glittering years after. Molly and Terence Donahue had two sons, Tim and Steve, and a daughter, Katy. As the children grow up, the parents' popularity began to recede. The film deals with Tim, as a young man, as he falls for Vicky Parker, a beautiful singer who makes it big on her own. Vickie, who is more interested in her own career neglects Tim. As a result, Tim goes on his own to find himself, away from his family and Vickie.

The best thing in the film is Ethel Merman. She was a legendary figure and as Molly Donahue, she is at her best. Dan Dailey was the perfect partner for Ms. Merman. Donald O'Connor is also seen doing some fine dancing. Marilyn Monroe was a lovely woman to look at. As a singer, she had a small voice, but she used it well making the songs her own. Mitzi Gaynor plays Katy. Johnnie Ray, a popular singer of that period is terribly miscast. His Steve is the worst thing in the movie.

Although predictable, this film has some great things going for it. Some of the musical numbers are well staged and will not disappoint. On the whole as the camaraderie expressed by the title of the film is evident in the musical.

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