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Mother Wore Tights (1947)

In this chronicle of a vaudeville family, Myrtle McKinley (class of 1900) goes to San Francisco to attend business school, but ends up in a chorus line. Soon, star Frank Burt notices her ... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

Lamar Trotti (screenplay), Miriam Young (book) (as Mariam Young)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Grable ... Mother
Dan Dailey ... Daddy
Mona Freeman ... Iris
Connie Marshall ... Mikie
Vanessa Brown ... Bessie
Robert Arthur ... Bob Clarkman
Sara Allgood ... Grandmother McKinley
William Frawley ... Mr. Schneider
Ruth Nelson ... Miss Ridgeway
Anabel Shaw ... Alice Flemmerhammer
Stephen Dunne ... Roy Bivins (as Michael Dunne)
George Cleveland ... Grandfather McKinley
Veda Ann Borg ... Rosemary Olcott
Sig Ruman ... Papa
Lee Patrick ... Lil
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Storyline

In this chronicle of a vaudeville family, Myrtle McKinley (class of 1900) goes to San Francisco to attend business school, but ends up in a chorus line. Soon, star Frank Burt notices her talent, hires her for a "two-act", then marries her. Incidents of the marriage and the growing pains of eldest daughter Iris are followed, interspersed with nostalgic musical numbers. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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In our family dad wore the pants but . . . Mother Wore Tights [Australia Theatrical]

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Musical

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Siempre en tus brazos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,727,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Betty Grable was pregnant during the filming of this movie. See more »

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Featured in Biography: Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-up (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

The Mountain
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Written and Performed by Señor Wences
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Disappointing
8 November 2003 | by KalamanSee all my reviews

This is by far the most disappointing of all Betty Grable musicals I have seen. Shot in Fox's sumptuous Technicolor, "Mother Wore Tights" is not a bad viewing but it could have been better. It opens with Grable and her husband living in quiet senility. Then her voice-over enters the soundtrack and starts recalling the past, detailing her life and marriage with a fellow vaudevillean (Dan Dailey). The film proceeds in a glacial, disconcerting pace, and the songs are mainly excruciating and dull, the dance numbers & vaudeville acts overwrought. The only thing that kept me watching "Mother Wore Tights" was the gorgeous Technicolor.


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