The titular river unites a farmer recently released from prison, his young son, and an ambitious saloon singer. In order to survive, each must be purged of anger, and each must learn to understand and care for the others.
When billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue, he passes himself off as an actor playing him in order to get closer to the beautiful star of the show, Amanda Dell.
Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei's fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers.
Johnnie Ray, who plays the older son Steve, was a popular singing star of the early 1950's, and had recently had a chart-topping hit with his version of "Cry." According to screenwriters Henry Ephron and Phoebe Ephron, 20th Century Fox hired Ray for this film, hoping that the singer could duplicate the success of Frank Sinatra, and become a major movie star. Then they discovered that, unlike Sinatra, Ray couldn't dance or act! The studio's solution was to have the Ephrons rewrite the film so that Steve Donahue leaves the family act early on to become a priest, as a way to "get [Ray] off-screen as quickly as possible." Movie-goers did not respond well to Ray's acting debut, and this remains the one and only major film in which he ever appeared. See more »
On the marquee on opening night the Donahue daughter's name is spelled "Katie". On the poster for "34th week" it is spelled "Katy". See more »
[speaking of their children]
I want them to have an education, a real education. They have to learn arithmetic and spelling and geography.
You never went past the sixth grade. And it was probably the fourth grade, because you said it was the sixth.
My age is the only thing I lie about, and I don't add on, I take off.
All right, the sixth grade, but there's nothing wrong with your arithmetic. You can whistle 'Mandy', do an 'Off to Buffalo', and count the house at the same time, and tell me within...
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Marilyn was deliciously charming, seducing and very appealing
The film was, perhaps, the splashiest of the year's musicals It dealt with the joys, loves and heartaches experienced by a vaudeville family called the Donahues (spending their lives singing and dancing and touring) with Merman and Dailey as mother and father, and Ray, Gaynor and O'Connor as their talented offspring
All of them get to perform a large catalog of new and old songs by Irving Berlin in sumptuous arrangements, beautiful settings and on a big Hippodrome extravaganza
Daily and Merman hit the top; O'Connorwho had liked to build a barbed-wire fence around Marilyndid it Scottish and came with some fine dances; Gaynor's love was dancing and she was really cute; and while Ray got some thinking to do, he sells a very beautiful song ("If You Believe").
Marilyn (appearing after 29 minutes screening) was deliciously charming, seducing and very appealing She sang "After You Get What You Want" and "Lazy," and did that tropical version of 'Heat Wave.'
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