7.1/10
4,294
47 user 15 critic

Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Family | April 1950 (USA)
Trailer
2:19 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
"Cheaper By the Dozen", based on the real-life story of the Gilbreth family, follows them from Providence, Rhode Island to Montclair, New Jersey, and details the amusing anecdotes found in ... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

Lamar Trotti (screen play), Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. (based on the novel by) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A widower with ten children falls for a widow with eight, and they must decide about forming a huge, unconventional family.

Director: Melville Shavelson
Stars: Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, Van Johnson
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two widowed people fall in love and marry, unprepared for the hostile reactions of their children.

Director: Howard Morris
Stars: Doris Day, Brian Keith, Pat Carroll
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

With his wife doing a book tour, a father of twelve must handle a new job and his unstable brood.

Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A university professor leaves his job to become a theater critic, creating problems with his family and friends.

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Doris Day, David Niven, Janis Paige
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Clay Spencer is a hard-working man who loves his wife and large family. He is respected by his neighbors and always ready to give them a helping hand. Although not a churchgoer, he even ... See full summary »

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara, James MacArthur
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Eddie thinks it is time for his father to remarry. However, in his opinion his father's taste in women leaves much to be desired. He believes the girl next door would be a far better choice...

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Glenn Ford, Ron Howard, Shirley Jones
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The Bakers, while on vacation, find themselves competing with a rival family of eight children.

Director: Adam Shankman
Stars: Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff
Comedy | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

During World War I, a teenage girl begins a romance with a college student, but his unconventional attitudes cause friction with her father.

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Jack Smith
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The ups and downs of a Norwegian immigrant family, circa 1910.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes, Oskar Homolka
Comedy | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Marjorie Winfield's engagement to Bill Sherman, who has just arrived home from fighting in World War I, serves as the backdrop for the trials and tribulations of her family.

Director: David Butler
Stars: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Leon Ames
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two high-spirited young students at St. Francis Academy For Girls keep things hopping for the challenged Mother Superior and her staff of bewildered Sisters.

Director: Ida Lupino
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Hayley Mills, Binnie Barnes
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clifton Webb ... Frank Bunker Gilbreth
Jeanne Crain ... Ann Gilbreth
Myrna Loy ... Mrs. Lillian Gilbreth
Betty Lynn ... Deborah Lancaster
Edgar Buchanan ... Dr. Burton
Barbara Bates ... Ernestine Gilbreth
Mildred Natwick ... Mrs. Mebane
Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Monahan
Edit

Storyline

"Cheaper By the Dozen", based on the real-life story of the Gilbreth family, follows them from Providence, Rhode Island to Montclair, New Jersey, and details the amusing anecdotes found in large families. Frank Gilbreth, Sr., was a pioneer in the field of motion study, and often used his family as guinea pigs (with amusing and sometimes embarrassing results). He resisted popular culture,railing against his daughters' desires for bobbed hair and cosmetics. Written by Becki Bozart <beckeye@aone.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He's the New Father of His Country!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Im Dutzend billiger See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The mother is a degreed psychologist (as referred to in the movie). The gold necklace she wears is a Phi Beta Kappa Key (honors society) See more »

Goofs

While attending a party, a man gets a dark purple drink from the punch bowl and says to the woman, "I hope you like pineapple". See more »

Quotes

Repairman: All those kids yours mister, or is this a picnic?
Frank Gilbreth: They're all mine and believe me, it's no picnic!
See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This is the true story of an American family. See more »

Connections

Featured in Jack the Bear (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Ja-Da
(1918) (uncredited)
Music by Bob Carleton
Played at the dance
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Kinder, Gentler Hollywood Family
25 December 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Once again, this is a movie in which the original is better than the re-make, even though the latter was a decent, popular film.

What the two films offered, however, was another stark contrast in how the culture (and Hollywood) has changed. In this original version, unlike today's films: 1 - The father rules the roost; 2 - the kids are nice kids. They actually behave and are respectful; 3 - The general atmosphere is a far more kind and gentle one than scene in today's "family films."

In other words, this is a real throwback to an era of nice family films, when they really were truly that. It reminded me of "Life With Father." If you liked that film, you'd enjoy this.

Clifton Webb was fun to watch as the strict father. Myrna Loy's role as the mother wasn't as much as one would expect. Perhaps if the title hadn't already been taken, this would have been more aptly named "Life With Father" since Loy's part was so minor. The kids were pretty wholesome and believable for that era except Jeanne Crain was far too old to be playing a 17-year-old.

If the film could be described in one word, it would be CHARM. It doesn't provide a lot of big laughs but it's pleasant, and at 86 minutes doesn't overstay its welcome.


38 of 42 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 47 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed