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Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Family | April 1950 (USA)
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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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Comedy | Drama | Family

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, the last child born is a boy named "Robert", but in real life, the last Gilbreth child was a girl named "Jane". There was a son named Robert, but he was the second-to-last child born. See more »

Goofs

During the high school dance, the band plays "Lucky Lindy," a 1929 song describing Charles Lindbergh's solo trans-Atlantic flight in 1927. Frank Gilbreth died in 1924 - three year's before Lindbergh's flight and five years before the song became popular. See more »

Quotes

Man on street: Hey Noah, what are you doing with that Ark?
Frank Gilbreth: Collecting animals like the good Lord told me brother. All we need now is a jackass. Hop in!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Charmed: Cheaper by the Coven (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Ja-Da
(1918) (uncredited)
Music by Bob Carleton
Played at the dance
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The 1950 version is a classic with superb acting by Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy!
26 July 2004 | by wrmcompanySee all my reviews

I have seen the 1950 version of "Cheaper By the Dozen" perhaps a dozen times! It is a delightful glimpse of influential family life in the 1920's.

There are too many children, but this movie is funny because of Clifton Webb, who was a master of comedy in his detached, upper crust style, as in other movies such as another classic, "Mr. Belvedere." Seems like "we" have gotten too sophisticated these days to appreciate the innocence of movies like this one. There was laughter, a little love-interest, problems with kids, certainly sadness, and coping with so many children. But, it is appealing because there is no blood and guts, no explicit sex scenes and no foul language. This movie is a classic!


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