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Belles on Their Toes (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | 16 May 1952 (USA)
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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.

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Henry Levin

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Phoebe Ephron (screenplay), Henry Ephron (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanne Crain ... Ann Gilbreth
Myrna Loy ... Dr. Lillian M. Gilbreth
Debra Paget ... Martha Gilbreth
Jeffrey Hunter ... Dr. Bob Grayson
Edward Arnold ... Sam Harper
Hoagy Carmichael ... Thomas George Bracken
Barbara Bates ... Ernestine Gilbreth
Robert Arthur ... Frank Gilbreth, Jr.
Verna Felton ... Cousin Leora
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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 Dan Weckerly

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bellezas por casar See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Sam Harper: [hearing muffled explosion] What on earth was that?
Dr. Lillian M. Gilbreth: The childern have a chemistry set in the cellar.
Sam Harper: Smells like alcohol.
Dr. Lillian M. Gilbreth: Mr. Harper, alcohol is a chemical.
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Crazy Credits

A young man's hand closes the last page of the Cheaper by the Dozen novel and transitions the book to the cover of Belles on Their Toes in which the credits are printed inside the novel. See more »

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Featured in Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home to (1991) See more »

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Don't Bring Lulu
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Lew Brown and Billy Rose
Played when the car drives by announcing the dance
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Disappointing sequel
22 March 2004 | by IStillAmBigSee all my reviews

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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