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There's No Business Like Show Business Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Like (1938), 20th Century-Fox's There's No Business Like Show Business is a "catalogue" film, its thinnish plot held together by an itinerary of Irving Berlin tunes. The story chronicles some twenty years in the lives of a showbiz family, headed by Dan Dailey and Ethel Merman. Two of the couple's three grown children -- Donald O'Connor and Mitzi Gaynor -- carry on the family tradition, while the third, Johnny Ray, decides to become a priest. There are a few tense moments when O'Connor falls in love with ambitious chorine Marilyn Monroe and loses all sense of perspective, but the family reunites during a splashy production-number finale. Highlights include Dailey and Merman's Play a Simple Melody duet, O'Connor's A Man Chases a Girl solo, and Monroe's tempestuous rendition of Heat Wave (her delivery and stage presence both compensate for her unflattering bare-midriff costume). Of historical interest, There's No Business Like Show Business was Fox's first CinemaScope musical; as such, it is best viewed on TV in "letterbox" format. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 16, 1954

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Miles White Best Color Costume Design 1954 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William Travilla Best Color Costume Design 1954 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles LeMaire Best Color Costume Design 1954 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lionel Newman Best Musical Score 1954 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lamar Trotti Best Story 1954 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alfred Newman Best Musical Score 1954 Nominee

Cast

Ethel Merman
as Molly Donahue
Donald O'Connor
as Tim Donahue
Marilyn Monroe
as Vicky
Dan Dailey
as Terrance Donahue
Mitzi Gaynor
as Katy Donahue
Hugh O'Brian
as Charles Gibbs
Frank McHugh
as Eddie Duggen
Rhys Williams
as Father Dineen
Lee Patrick
as Marge
Robin Raymond
as Lillian Sawyer
Lyle Talbot
as Stage manager
Alvy Moore
as Katy's Boyfriend
Chick Chandler
as Harry
Henry Slate
as Dance director
Nolan Leary
as Archbishop
Gavin Gordon
as Geoffrey
Mimi Gibson
as Katy at Age 4
Linda Lowell
as Katy at Age 8
Jimmie Baird
as Steve at Age 6
Donald Gamble
as Tim at Age 6
Billy Chapin
as Steve at Age 10
John Doucette
as Stage Manager
Donald Kerr
as Bobby Clark
Isabelle Dwan
as Sophie Tucker
George Melford
as Stage Doorman
Isabelle Dwan
as Sophie Tucker
Billy Chapin
as Steve at Age 10
Donald Kerr
as Bobby Clark
John Doucette
as Stage Manager

Crew

Walter Lang
Director
Sol C. Siegel
Producer
Henry Ephron
Screenwriter
Phoebe Ephron
Screenwriter
Lamar Trotti
Screen Story
Leon Shamroy
Cinematographer
Irving Berlin
Songwriter
Irving Berlin
Composer (Music Score)
Lionel Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Lionel Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Alfred Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
William Travilla
Costume Designer
Miles White
Costume Designer
Charles LeMaire
Costume Designer
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