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Give a Girl a Break (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 December 1953 (USA)
The star of an upcoming Broadway production, Janet Hallson, walks out during rehersals. The producers of the show, Ted Sturgis, Leo Belney and Bob Dowdy begin to search a replacement. After... See full summary »

Director:

Stanley Donen

Writers:

Vera Caspary (story), Frances Goodrich | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marge Champion ... Madelyn Corlane
Gower Champion ... Ted Sturgis
Debbie Reynolds ... Suzy Doolittle
Dolly Sharp Dolly Sharp ... Mrs. Olga Bradshaw / Joanna Moss (as Helen Wood)
Bob Fosse ... Bob Dowdy
Kurt Kasznar ... Leo Belney
Richard Anderson ... Burton Bradshaw
William Ching ... Anson Prichett
Lurene Tuttle ... Mrs. Doolittle
Larry Keating ... Felix Jordan
Donna Martell ... Janet Hallson
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The star of an upcoming Broadway production, Janet Hallson, walks out during rehersals. The producers of the show, Ted Sturgis, Leo Belney and Bob Dowdy begin to search a replacement. After a quick audition, each favors someone else: Madelyn Corlane, Joanna Moss, Suzie Doolittle. The rest of the movie tells in a series of musical and dance scenes how they finally pick ... Written by Gerhard Gonter <g.gonter@ieee.org>

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Trivia

Although Stanley Donen and Gower Champion were credited with staging the musical numbers, Bob Fosse insisted on doing the choreography for his dance scenes. See more »

Goofs

Theatre marquee has the "in" before rather than after the space for the star's name. See more »

Quotes

Bob Dowdy: Suzy, you don't know how wonderful it is to meet someone like you. Someone I can, converse with.
Suzy Doolittle: That's the way I feel too. Everything's so crazy nowadays, that there's so many things I'd like to ask you, things I couldn't talk to my mother about. Like, for instance, rocket ships and what if you get to like someone and the first thing you know, he might have to go off and, or, all sorts of things.
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Soundtracks

Symphony nº40 in G Minor, K 550 - 1. Molto Allegro
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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A good try, but----
28 April 2012 | by rdfarnhamSee all my reviews

Don Adams (as Maxwell Smart) used the line "missed by that much" a lot and that is the way this film hit me. It had great actors, fantastic dancers, good direction and yet, for me, it was second rate. I know most of the other reviewers will disagree with me but I just couldn't get into it. Some musicals (Singin' In The Rain, Showboat, Kiss Me, Kate and a lot more) grab you from the first frame but this one just didn't do it for me. It was wonderful as always to see the Champions (I always had a crush on Marge) and Debbie Reynolds and Bob Fosse were good as always, but the film just didn't click with me, It is well worth watching at least once (you'll find it often on TCM) but I will never be able to rate it as a favorite.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Donnez-lui une chance See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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