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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
Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)'s Joe Scales and this film's Bubber Beasley are played by the same actor, Benny Bartlett. In "Cheaper by the Dozen" Joe is Ann's (first) date for the high school dance. He is soon replaced by the heartthrob lifeguard from Nantucket, Tom Black. After Ann has a pang of guilt for dumping Joe, Tom tells her to "throw him back baby, he's too small to keep". In this film Bubber is Martha's date for the high school dance. He again is replaced by a number of boys who are interested in dancing with the new and "stunning" Martha. She feels a bit guilty and surprised at her newfound popularity and apologizes to Bubber. explaining that up until then, "I really wanted to be a boy". See more »
Vastly inferior follow up to the delightful "Cheaper by the Dozen". It hurts me to put down any film starring the great Myrna Loy, but before you dive into this expecting the same qualities contained in the original you ought to be warned.
Part of the charm of the original was the attention paid to period details and the wonderful production values - missing this time around. The family originally lived in the house made famous in "Meet me in St. Louis", now the set looks like Mayberry. Interiors, originally rich with detail have taken on the 50's monochromatic look of an old "I Love Lucy" episode. Direction? The pacing, cinematography and line deliveries are found lacking.
Is it worth watching? Sure...it's not a bad way to pass an hour and a half - Just don't expect to see what you saw the first time around and you won't be disappointed.
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