MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 17,262 this week

The Best Things in Life Are Free (1956)

6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 195 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 1 critic

Ray Henderson joins Buddy De Sylva and Lew Brown to form a successful 1920s musical show writing team. They soon have several hits on Broadway but De Sylva's personal ambition leads to ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 147 titles
created 07 May 2012
 
a list of 538 titles
created 20 Nov 2012
 
a list of 487 titles
created 26 Nov 2012
 
a list of 10 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 5352 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Best Things in Life Are Free (1956)

The Best Things in Life Are Free (1956) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Best Things in Life Are Free.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Sea Wolf (1941)
Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Humphrey van Weyden, a writer, and fugitives Ruth Webster and George Leach have been given refuge aboard the sealer "Ghost," captained by the cruel Wolf Larsen. The crew mutinies against ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino, John Garfield
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The triumph and tragedy of Native American Jim Thorpe, who, after winning both the pentathlon and decathlon in the same Olympics, is stripped of his medals on a technicality.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Charles Bickford, Steve Cochran
Mystery | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

John Hamilton leaves a comfortable New York job to take up as an artist in a quiet Connecticut town. His dipso wife hates the life and falsely makes him out to be selfish, unsuccessful, and... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Alan Ladd, Carolyn Jones, Diane Brewster
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Torch singer Helen Morgan rises from sordid beginnings to fame and fortune only to lose it all to alcohol and poor personal choices.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Ann Blyth, Paul Newman, Richard Carlson
Kid Galahad (1937)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Fight promoter Nick Donati grooms a bellhop as a future champ, but has second thoughts when the 'kid' falls for his sister.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story of Jeb Stuart, his romance with Kit Carson Holliday, friendship with George Custer and battles against John Brown in the days leading up to the outbreak of the American Civil War.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Raymond Massey
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

This musical biopic chronicles the vaudeville-to-Broadway story of 1920s' star Marilyn Miller (June Haver). From her start on the boards in Findlay, Ohio, Marilyn sings and dances her way ... See full summary »

Director: David Butler
Stars: June Haver, Ray Bolger, Gordon MacRae
King Creole (1958)
Crime | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Having flunked graduation for a second time and needing cash to support his crabby (and thus unemployed) father, Danny Fisher takes a job as a singer in the King Creole nightclub - about ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau
Four Wives (1939)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Three of the four musically inclined daughters of Adam Lemp, the Dean of the Briarwood Music Foundation, are settling into their lives as wives, but not all is well. Thea Lemp has long ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Priscilla Lane, Rosemary Lane, Lola Lane
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The secretary of an affably suave radio mystery host mysteriously commits suicide after his wealthy young niece disappears.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Claude Rains, Joan Caulfield, Audrey Totter
Flamingo Road (1949)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Carnival dancer Lane Bellamy finds herself stranded in a southern town ruled by corrupt political boss Titus Semple. Lane becomes romantically involved with sheriff Fielding Carlisle, a ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Jennifer Smith heads a "Consumer Reports"-type company and her reputation for honesty is her greatest asset. While out boating one day she encounters a secret prototype submarine piloted by... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Jane Wyman, Dennis Morgan, Eve Arden
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Ray Henderson
...
Lew Brown
...
Kitty Kane
...
Carl Frisbee
Murvyn Vye ...
Manny Costain
...
Maggie Henderson
...
Winfield Sheehan
Tony Galento ...
Fingers
Norman Brooks ...
Jacques d'Amboise ...
Specialty Dancer
Roxanne Arlen ...
Perky Nichols
Byron Palmer ...
Hollywood Star
Linda Brace ...
Jeannie Henderson
Patty Lou Hudson ...
Susie Henderson
Edit

Storyline

Ray Henderson joins Buddy De Sylva and Lew Brown to form a successful 1920s musical show writing team. They soon have several hits on Broadway but De Sylva's personal ambition leads to friction as the other two increasingly feel left out of things. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

John O'Hara's flaming portrait of the jazz age... and the guys and gals who made it Zing!

Genres:

Biography | Musical

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 September 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fanfaren der Freude  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

An establishing shot of Times Square in New York City, supposed to be taking place around 1930, clearly shows 1950s automobiles in the traffic. See more »

Soundtracks

The Best Things in Life Are Free
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Lew Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva
Sung by Sheree North (dubbed by Eileen Wilson)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Middle-drawer Fox musical...not a predictable place to find Ernest Borgnine!
19 September 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Working-stiff family man Ray Henderson, a piano player who dabbles in songwriting, meets struggling composers Buddy De Sylva and Lew Brown in 1920s Atlantic City; their musical partnership, formed by chance, evolves into a successful team which reaches the heights of Broadway and Hollywood. Biography of colorful tunesmith-trio who had hits with Al Jolson's "Sonny Boy" and the novelty numbers "Button Up Your Overcoat" and "Sunny Side Up" is nearly run into the ground by meandering musical routines which simply are not up to previous 20th Century-Fox standards. The casting also seems off: as the mercurial Brown, it isn't long before Ernest Borgnine loses his proverbial temper, yet his transitions from angry brute to dancing maestro have no resonance (the character never takes shape); Sheree North is the songbird who seems bound by faith to the three guys, though it's obvious her singing and dancing isn't as special as it's meant to be. As peace-keeper Henderson, Dan Dailey looks a bit sheepish at times (particularly in the "Overcoat" number), though Gordon MacRae as the overtly-ambitious De Sylva is nicely attuned to this milieu (and, for once, MacRae's baritone isn't over-worked). The production is glossy but lacks pizazz, while the uncertain path post-Hollywood isn't used to give the story an arc, only to point us to the formulaic happy ending. ** from ****


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
MOVIE - The Best Things In Life Are Free mimiboo60
Ann B Davis was in this show. see photo kemler
Discuss The Best Things in Life Are Free (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?