Based on a collection of stories with the focus on young John Humperdink "Dink" Stover, a student at the Lawrenceville Prepatory School, in 1896, whose family, in Eastcester, New York, have... See full summary »
William A. Wellman
The "Cheaper by the Dozen" crew is back, sans Clifton Webb. Lillian is struggling to make ends meet without her husband's income, while Anne, Martha, and even Ernestine find romance.Written by
Before this film's opening title cards, the last page of the book "Cheaper by the Dozen" is shown, and the book is closed. The book "Belles on Their Toes" is then shown and opened to reveal the title "Twentieth Century-Fox presents Belles on their Toes, the Further Adventures of the Gilbreth Family." Voice-over narration by Myrna Loy, as her character Dr. Lillian M. Gilbreth," is heard throughout the picture. At the film's end, a brief sequence from Cheaper by the Dozen (1950) is shown, in which "Frank," played by Clifton Webb, sings "When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose" with his family. Several other novelty and period songs are briefly featured in the picture, such as "Beans, Beans, Beans" and "Love's Old Sweet Song." See more »
Myrna Loy (Thin Man series and much more) diligently takes over her loveable brood after Clifton Webb's character dies in this wonderful true story adaptation of the famous Gilbreth story made famous by the first installment called "Cheaper By The Dozen".
Loy's irresistible charm is joined by legendary songster Hoagy Carmicheal (Stardust) as the Gilbreth's comical stillman/houseman, lovely Jeanne Crain (Pinky), veteran Edward Arnold (You Can't Take It With You), dashing Jeffrey Hunter (King of Kings), lovely Debra Paget (The Ten Commandments), likeable Robert Arthur (Hellcats of the Navy) and very young [19 y/o] Martin Milner (Route 66, Adam-12).
Simple story of strong woman's determination to continue in her husband's "male" career as industrial engineer. There is enough going on on all sides to keep you interested in this remarkable family's life in the early part of this century.
How many times have I seen this movie! and still it never goes stale...good clean fun is never out of style.
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