Belles on Their Toes (1952)
When a famous person writes about her life it’s an autobiography, when a normal person does, it’s a memoir. Last weekend saw the release of Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo based on Benjamin Mee’s beautiful memoir. Here are seven other films, based on memoirs from normal folks with interesting stories in the hands of good filmmakers.
7. Cheaper By the Dozen (1950)
Recap: Unlike the 2003 remake, the original Cheaper By the Dozen film follows the Gilbreth family of New Jersey which had 12 children. Their efficiency expert father, Frank (Clifton Webb) attempts to raise his family as he would run a factory, with mixed results. As one would expect, things break down when it comes to teenagers.
Reason: Frank Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth wrote this memoir of their childhood as two of a dozen children which I had the fortune
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