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Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)

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"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 »
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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
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"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>

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He's the New Father of His Country!

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Approved | See all certifications »

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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 »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The big house the family moves to in Montclair is the same house set originally built for Judy Garland's family in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). Fox didn't have an appropriate standing outdoor set so they rented time on the "St. Louis Street" on MGM lot #2. See more »

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As the camera zooms in during the tonsillectomy, you can see the shadow of the camera on the back of one of the nurses' white coats. See more »

Quotes

Mailman: All those kids yours?
Frank Gilbreth: Oh, these aren't so many. You ought to see the ones we left behind.
Mailman: How you ever feed 'em?
Frank Gilbreth: Oh, they come cheaper by the dozen.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Stripperella: Cheapo by the Dozen (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

In My Merry Oldsmobile
(1905) (uncredited)
Music by Gus Edwards
Played during the opening credits
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Lasting impression
18 February 2005 | by ezrockmazSee all my reviews

This is very silly, but I watched this movie as a young boy in the late 50's or early 60's for the first time. To this day, this movie remains vivid in my mind. For some reason, I was imprinted with Frank's speech on how to save time while showering.

As the efficiency expert, it was just part of the family's daily routines laid down by their father. It did however seem extremely obvious to me that the shower scene was a comment on how to tackle any problem presented to one in their daily lives.

Get it done, accurately and quickly!

50 some years later I often have visions of the father giving instructions to the small children and their intense desire to understand his rapid fire directions. While the movie was a comedy in nature it was also a true picture of the family unit of that time.

My main statement is that it is one of the movies that has made a lasting impression in my mind. If a movie is able to affect an individual positively for over 50 years there must be someone up above smiling and knowing that they achieved their goal of putting a story into our minds that would last not only on celluloid but in our hearts and minds.


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