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There's No Business Like Show Business ()


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Molly and Terry Donahue, plus their three children, are The Five Donahues. Son Tim meets hat-check girl Vicky and the family act begins to fall apart.

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  • Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination.
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Molly Donahue
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Tim Donahue
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Vicky Parker
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Terrance Donahue
Johnnie Ray ...
Steve Donahue
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Katy Donahue
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Lew Harris
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Charles Gibbs
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Eddie Dugan
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Father Dineen
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Marge
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Hatcheck Girl
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Lillian Sawyer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Oliver ...
Bandleader (as Eddie Oliver)
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Showgirl (uncredited)
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Nurse (uncredited)
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Night Watchman (uncredited)
Aladdin ...
Orchestra Violinist (uncredited)
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Private Detective (uncredited)
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Lorna (uncredited)
Jimmy Baird ...
Steve - Age 6 (uncredited)
Alex Ball ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
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Harry (uncredited)
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Steve - Age 10 (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Carmen Clifford ...
(uncredited)
James Conaty ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Stage Manager (uncredited)
Elaine DuPont ...
(uncredited)
Isabelle Dwan ...
Sophie Tucker (uncredited)
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Musician (uncredited)
Donald Gamble ...
Young Tim (uncredited)
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Katy - Age 4 (uncredited)
Paul Glass ...
Trombonist (uncredited)
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Geoffrey (uncredited)
Stanley Hall ...
Dancer with Vicky (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
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Man Talking to Sophie (uncredited)
Doris Kemper ...
Lottie (uncredited)
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Priest on Altar (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ...
Bobby Clark (uncredited)
Linda Lowell ...
Katy - Age 8 (uncredited)
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Booking Agent (uncredited)
Jimmie Maddin ...
Bandleader (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ...
Gallagher's Roof Waiter (uncredited)
Matt Mattox ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Kelly (uncredited)
Buzz Miller ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Katy's Date (uncredited)
Duke Morgan ...
Musician (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Tattooed Sailor (uncredited)
Howard Parker ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Paul Power ...
Man in Church (uncredited)
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Cabbie (uncredited)
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Gallagher's Roof Headwaiter (uncredited)
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Henry Slate ...
Dance Director (uncredited)
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Girl at Railroad Station (uncredited)
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Funhouse Witch (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ...
Booking Agent (uncredited)
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Stage Manager (uncredited)
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EmCee / Orchestra Leader (uncredited) (voice)
Tommy Walker ...
(uncredited)
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Walter Winchell (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Walter Lang

Written by

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Phoebe Ephron ... (screenplay) and
Henry Ephron ... (screenplay)
 
Lamar Trotti ... (story)

Produced by

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Sol C. Siegel ... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Earle Hagen ... (uncredited)
Bernard Mayers ... (uncredited)
Alfred Newman ... (uncredited)
Lionel Newman ... (uncredited)
Hal Schaefer ... (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Leon Shamroy ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Robert L. Simpson ... (as Robert Simpson)

Editorial Department

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Leonard Doss ... color consultant

Art Direction by

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John DeCuir ... (as John De Cuir)
Lyle R. Wheeler ... (as Lyle Wheeler)

Set Decoration by

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Stuart A. Reiss ... (as Stuart Reiss)
Walter M. Scott

Costume Design by

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Travilla
Miles White

Makeup Department

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Ben Nye ... makeup artist
Helen Turpin ... hair stylist
Allan Snyder ... makeup artist: Miss Monroe (uncredited)

Production Management

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Gaston Glass ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ad Schaumer ... assistant director
Joseph E. Rickards ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Murray Spivack ... sound
E. Clayton Ward ... sound
Ray Bomba ... sound editor (uncredited)
Etter D'Orazio ... sound editor (uncredited)
Robert O'Brien ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers ... playback operator (uncredited)
Bob Weatherford ... sound editor (uncredited)

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Ray Kellogg ... special photographic effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Emmett Schoenbaum ... still photographer (uncredited)
Clyde Taylor ... gaffer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Charles Le Maire ... wardrobe director
Sam Benson ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Robert Alton ... dances and musical numbers staged by
Irving Berlin ... composer: theme music
Ken Darby ... music arranger: vocals / vocal supervisor
Earle Hagen ... orchestrator
Bernard Mayers ... orchestrator
Alfred Newman ... conductor / music supervisor
Lionel Newman ... conductor / music supervisor
Edward B. Powell ... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
Hal Schaefer ... music arranger: vocals
Herbert W. Spencer ... orchestrator (as Herbert Spencer)

Other crew

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Robert Alton ... choreographer
Darryl F. Zanuck ... presenter
Hal Bell ... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Jerry Bryan ... dialogue director (uncredited)
Jack Cole ... choreographer (uncredited)
John Devlin ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Martha Manor ... stand-in (uncredited)
Rose Steinberg ... script supervisor (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Keywords
Taglines With Love and Kisses from 20th Century-Fox...Straight from the Shoulder, Right from the Heart Comes...The Musicavalcade and the Personal Story of the Greatest Business on Earth! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Irving Berlin's There's No Business Like Show Business (United States)
  • Irving Berlin's There's No Business Like Show Business (United Kingdom)
  • La joyeuse parade (France)
  • Luces de candilejas (Spain)
  • Няма друг бизнес като шоубизнеса (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 117 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Donald O'Connor had separated from his wife of ten years. She and Dan Dailey, who played O'Connor's father, were dating during the shooting of the film. After filming wrapped, the O'Connors divorced and shortly thereafter Gwen Carter and Dan Dailey married. See more »
Goofs In the "Heatwave" number, Marilyn Monroe accidentally pokes her finger in the eye of a dancer standing between the branches of a prop tree. Its pretty obvious and more so on the DVD in slow motion. The dancer jerks his head and looks down, but otherwise stays in character and continues with the number. Then Marilyn performs a twirl, sticks her head between the branches of the tree and gives him a kiss. The kiss may have been part of the choreography because she kisses another dancer before this. But it's possible it was an impromptu apology on Marilyn's part to make up for the eye poke. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Tremors/Ski Patrol/Internal Affairs/The Plot Against Harry (1990). See more »
Soundtracks When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam' See more »
Quotes Molly Donahue: "Don't worry." Hmm. That's a laugh. You start worrying about your kids the day they're born and you never stop. Even after they bury you, I bet you never stop.
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