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Plot: 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. Runtime: 117 mins Release Date: 15 Dec 1954
Yeah, yeah. It's hokey, it's sentimental, it's gaudy and it's loud. It's also the most entertaining, involving and unpretentious movie about Show Business ever filmed. The cast is perfect, particularly Merman, Daily and O'Connor. Ethel Merman and Dan Daily as Donald O'Connor's Mom and Dad? Well, maybe it shouldn't have worked, but it does. Marilyn is not at her best in the "dramatic" scenes, but all 3 of her big numbers are memorable. Johnnie Ray plays a priest ! Well, at least he could sing. And Mitzi Gaynor hardly sings at all thankfully , <more>
but is given the opportunity to dance quite often thankfully . It's big, it's garish and it wear its great big heart on its sleeve. A movie to love and watch over and over.NOTE: For all TNBLSB buffs, one of the numbers that was deleted from the release print for time, has recently been unearthed. It is included in an American Movie Classics' special documentary, entitled "Hidden Hollywood". It includes many musical numbers that were edited out of 20th Century-Fox musicals of the 30's, 40's and 50's. This one is "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better", and is the ONLY number to feature the FOUR Donahues: Ethel, Dan, Mitzi and Donald. It's great. I don't think anybody would mind sitting through an extra 5 minutes of running time to catch this delightful musical moment.
This is one of my favorite movies. It's a nice portrait of a show business family. It's a little on the corny side, but that's what's great about it. This is a great look at a family that began in Vaudeville, and worked their way up to headliners in their own act. The Film does a good job portraying the families closeness, and while it's a little hard to swallow a good looking actor like Dan Daily with someone like Ethel Merman for a wife, the two share a definite chemistry and a lot of humor.This is probably the best that Ethel Merman ever looked and she is fantastic as <more>
the family matriarch and her comic talents work great with her hard-to-handle brood.Although her part is pretty much left to singing and dancing, Mitzi Gaynor gives a spirited performance that we later see her give in the hit movie "South Pacific" as Nellie Forbush.Donald O'Connor takes a more dramatic turn as the troubled son Tim. I have to admit, while some of his attempts to act like a drunk are a little hard to believe, his performance is one of his best, and his dancing in the film is almost as good as it was in "Singing In The Rain".The odd duck out is the eldest brother Johnny Ray, who could certainly belt out a song with all the flamboyance and gusto that made him a star in the fifties. However, his acting skills left a lot to be desired. Still, his bad acting works for the character who was struggling to find his own identity when he decides becomes a priest. Perhaps Johnnie projected his own struggles with his bisexuality to guide him.The most memorable aspect of this movie is Marilyn Monroe, who star was at it's zenith when this movie was being made. In a smart move, Monroe agreed to star in the film if the studio allowed her to also star in "The Seven Year Itch", but in a lot of ways, I feel this is one of her best movies.First of all, she was clearly head and shoulders above the rest of the cast in terms of molten sexuality. An example is in the number "Heatwave", which was initially intended for Mitzi Gaynor. The studio made a wise decision handing it over to Monroe who performed the number with so much heat that it's hard to envision the sweet Gaynor conveying that kind of performance. The number "After you get what you want you don't want it" was also a standout and Marylin's costume was amazing and a precursor to the outfit Britney Spears would later make famous.Marilyn also brings her tremendous vulnerability that no other comic actress could convey with believability, Marilyn could play wounded characters, perhaps because she was so wounded herself.Watching her character suffer over her love for Tim and her desire for a career is very believable.For me, the most amazing part of this movie are the gorgeous costumes. This movie, surprisingly has fantastic costumes made by the famous Travilla, who had already worked with Marilyn in almost all of her films including "River Of No Return", "Monkey Business" as well as "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" and "The Seven Year Itch".Every costume seemed tailor made for every character.This is a treat of a movie, with great music, great dancing, wonderful costumes and mostly Marilyn, who proves she could make anything work. It ranks right up there with some of her greatest work.
TNBLSB is one of my favorite musicals. It has everything one could hope for in a musical...good story, great sets, sensational music and dance, a more than competent cast and above all MARILYN. She makes the picture what it is, even though her role is quite minor. She lights up the screen every time she's on. I guess that's what made the the icon she is today. She WAS special. Just wish there were more of her. I hear that over 20 minutes were cut, including some early scenes of the kids learning to dance by the Dan Daily Character. Also and important meeting of Marilyns with the <more>
family after her HEAT WAVE number. She is terrific in AFTER YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT, YOU DON'T WANT IT number. Rivals her DIAMONDS ARE A GIRLS BEST FRIEND. For a rip roaring mucsical with some drama with "family values", TNBLSB is a MUST SEE.
This is a very nice one. I've seen better. But I've definitely seen worse! If you love musicals like me , you will adore this movie also like me . But if you aren't a big fan of musicals to begin with, don't even think about watching this one! It's the most extravagant, over-the-top, extreme musicals I've ever seen. The costumes are colorful, the sets are colorful, and, most importantly, the personalities were colorful! I had never seen or heard Ethel Merman before seeing this film a few months ago. I personally love her. I don't think her voice is the most <more>
gorgeous thing I've ever heard. But it's so powerful, you forget she might not have perfect pitch. She's also a great actress, making me laugh often.Dan Dailey was very nice. I had a slight grudge against him. But it's a long story. Let's just say, Donald O'Connor a co-star in this, and my favorite actor was in the process of divorce from his wife, the beautiful, yet intolerable Gwen Carter, while making this. Gwen, being pretty clueless, began dating Dailey during the making of this film. I had a negative view on Dailey for quite some time. But, boy, he can sing! And dance, for that matter! His acting is certainly top-notch. I enjoyed him greatly.Johnnie Ray isn't much. Don't get me wrong. He's a remarkable singer. But his acting is so low-key, he almost doesn't seem to care. He can't act, that's for sure. His character isn't even in it that much. But he needed to be there to add to part of the story. But his bad acting can be overlooked because of his singing.Mitzi Gaynor. What can I say? This girl is great. Her dancing is amazing. And she's a cutie! Her acting is much better than I thought. She manages to sing like Merman in one scene, which is quite a feat! She is so good! I loved her! Marilyn Monroe...hmmm...well...let's just say it's a good thing she's gorgeous! Her singing is alright. Nothing to applaud about. But it's just plain "alright". She can't dance. Then again, nobody can dance next to Gaynor and O'Connor! She's not a bad actress. But it's still hard to imagine her and O'Connor as a couple. I think they were both very good looking. But in completely different ways. Monroe's is so prominent, she almost explodes with sex appeal. O'Connor, is more of a "boy next door" style. But they made them work pretty well. Not the worst one screen couple. But certainly not the best. Monroe was good. But the only reason she standed out form the others at all is from her looks, not talent, in my opinion.I saved the best for last: Donald O'Connor. This film shows all of his talents in one movie. His singing is shown in "A Man Chases A Girl". His dancing is shown in anything he dances to. He never disappoints me. His acting really good. The drunk scenes had me laughing out loud. Again, begin partnered with Monroe certainly was something we will never completely understand. But it actually worked out alright. Back to O'Connor. I loved his "Midnight Choo Choo Reprise" with Gaynor. One of my favorites from the film. The "A Man Chases A Girl" is so great, I recommend to go watch it on Youtube right now! He is actually quite graceful, which was a surprise to me. I would have never thought that the loose-limbed, running-up-walls O'Connor could have grace! But believe me, he does! I personally adore his singing voice. This film showcased it quite well. For better singing from him, Check out "Call Me Madam", also with Merman. In my opinion, it is O'Connor's performance that single-handedly makes this a great film.So, to summarize, this is a screen-full of greatness! I recommend it very highly. Only, you might want to be careful with little kids about this one. With Monroe involved, there's bound to be something in there. The "Heat Wave" number is probably the most revealing. Also is Monroe's "After You Get What You Want" and Gaynor's Paris version of "Alexander's Ragtime Band". But other than that, a great, great movie! Mostly because of Donald O'Connor!
Another star-filled Berlin extravaganza (by weezeralfalfa)
By now, Fox's musical comedy stars of the -40s and very early '50s Grable, Miranda, Blaine, Haver, Como were gone or nearly gone. They needed new faces. In this extravaganza, we have a collection of 5 proved extraordinary musical comedy talents, plus a pop singer, whose film debut would also be his last. In addition, we have access to Irving Berlin's vast treasure chest of old songs, as well as a few new ones. Should be a shoe in for a classic! Marilyn Monroe was still a relatively new face, but already hot property.Her starring character is the only one not included in the <more>
Donahue vaudeville family, and clearly was written in later, as insurance for audience enthusiasm. As other reviewers have emphasized, she turned out to be the crown jewel in this film, with her 3 very sensual musical numbers and occasional inclusion in the dialog. She would be the only one of the 6 stars to do a future Fox musical comedy.Ethel Merman was a long time fixture on Broadway stages, with her more than ample vocal cords, brassy stage presence, and excellent comedic timing. She was also Berlin's favorite female interpretor of his songs. However, she had largely been avoided for film making, because she carried her brassy stage persona onto the screen, not everyone found her often rather harsh singing voice with vibrato to their liking, and she was considered relatively plain looking and heavy. Nonetheless, her Fox musical of the year before: "Call Me Madam" was considered a success, and Fox decided it was worthwhile to bring her back with another Berlin extravaganza.Unfortunately, Fox lost millions on the expensive film, and critics generally weren't kind. Today, it is generally considered a classic. Donald O'Connor had finally achieved long overdue fame in the MGM "Singing in the Rain", costarring with Gene Kelly. But, apparently MGM didn't feel they had long term room for O'Connor, along with Kelly and Astaire. Thus, aside from being loaned out for a few more musicals for Fox, MGM and Paramount, he was mostly stuck talking to a mule, however popular and profitable for his home studio of Universal.The previous year, he had costarred with Merman in Berlin's "Call Me Madam". In that film, and the present one, he was asked to play essentially toned down versions of Kelly or Astaire."Singing in the Rain" was unique in that we had both Kelly and O'Connor performing together, as well as individually. In these Fox films, O'Connor had no male dancer to partner with, although a great female dancer.In the present film, the nascent O'Connor-Monroe romance didn't look like it was more than a brief flirtation. He was much more comfortable with Vera-Ellen in "Call Me Madam" , with Mitzi and Debbie Reynolds presumably somewhere in between. Mitzi Gaynor was another vastly underutilized talent in film. Whereas Monroe exuded her unique blend of smoldering sensuality and child-like innocence in her dialog and unbridled sensuality in her musical numbers, Mitzi was cute, pixie-like, a very lively dancer as well as a good singer: my kind of ideal stage woman! Here, we get to see her dancing, singing and comedic talent. In the "I'm Lazy" number, although Monroe is the central focus, Mitzi and O'Connor add considerably to the liveliness of the scene with their gymnastic and dance maneuvers around the reclining Monroe. She and O'Connor would again costar, with Bing Crosby, in the Paramount "Anything Goes" This would be Dan Dailey's last musical for Fox, after costarring with Betty Grable or June Haver in a number of musicals.Tall, easy going, likable, with good all around vaudevillian talents, he was Grable's favorite male costar, and ideal for his part, having played a similar role in "Mother Wore Tights". In this film, his vaudevillian talents were mostly displayed only in the first portion.I don't know why Johnny Ray, an eccentric pop singer of the times, was chosen to play one son. His partial deafness is said to partly explain his unusually intense style of singing. I didn't think his acting was bad. He just had to play the morally good son, who decides being a priest is his thing, and smiled a lot. His rendition of "Alexander's Ragtime Band" sounded rather bizarre, while his "If You Believe" was a spirited spiritual. They become less exotic-sounding with repeated viewings.Four of the songs had been included in the 1938 "Alexander's Ragtime Band", in which Merman also costarred. Besides the title song for that film, "When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves Alabam" also done in "Easter Parade" , "Heat Wave", and "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody" were again featured. However, Merman sang only the last in both films. Unfortunately, this was perhaps the worse sounding song she did here,with her voice sounding harsh, with excessive vibrato. The second of these was done twice in this film, with Mitzi doing a good job mimicking Merman's very different voice in the second version.The title song comes from Berlin's "Anne Get Your Gun", which Merman did on Broadway, but Betty Hutton did in the film. Sorry, but I much prefer Hutton's more exuberant believe it or not! version...Berlin composed several counterpoint duet songs. Merman did "Your Just in Love" with O'Connor in "Call Me Madam". Here, she does "Play a Simple Melody" with Dailey... O'Connor does his MGM-like solo dance to the ironic tune "A Man Chases a Girl Until She Catches Him", with a bit of help from an off stage Monroe: an interesting novelty dance worthy of MGM, in which the courtyard female statues sometimes come alive, after a coconut hits O'Connor on the head...Favorite comedy bit: Mitzi got rid of her unwanted date by having him hold both their drinks on the backs of his hands. Very clever!
The part that stuck out for me is.... (by cmdahoust)
At the end of the movie when Ethel Merman is singing the number and her son Donald O'Connor who has been missing for a year shows up. Her family is on the side of the stage trying to get her attention that he is there. She looks over and sees him, and stops for a spilt second. Then she finishes the song without missing a beat. She then rushes off stage to hug him. That one scene is a microcosm of the life in show business. She kept her composure and finished the song under the most difficult of circumstances. Merman's character exemplifies what being in the industry meant to people. <more>
There really IS no business like show business! (by dodgerdiva)
"There's No Business Like Show Business" was never intended to be great film-making or storytelling, so please do not watch it with those things in mind.Sure, it was over-staged, over-produced, in some cases over-acted and any other "overs" you can think of, but it's just fun to relax and watch and listen to. I've seen the film maybe dozens of times I own the DVD and it's obvious to me that despite a few on screen gaffes and off-screen problems for at least a couple of the actors, Hollywood had a whale of a good time making it. Some of the characters are <more>
unrealistic and I'm sure if you could ask the actors, all would say it was by far not their best work.Furthermore, if we didn't know it before, "Show Business" proved that Johnnie Ray, the part crooner, part rock belter of the era, couldn't act his way into or out of a paper bag. But so what?? This ain't Hamlet. Ray was cast to do here what he did best: sing the heck out of a couple of songs that were arranged precisely to suit his performing style. And he also just managed to pull off an unusual plot twist that I'm sure audiences of the era did not expect.We're all asked to suspend temporarily all logic and reason when we turn on our TVs or go to the movies. Why stop with "There's No Business Like Show Business"? So grab the munchies, sit back and let Ethel Merman and Gang entertain you for a couple of harmless, gaudy hours.
The story of Molly and Terry Donahue and their three children. Tim, played by Donald O'Connor meets hat check girl Marilyn Monroe and the family acts begin falling apart. This was the film I enjoyed most with Marilyn Monroe. This music and songs by Irving Berlin are wonderful, and Ethel Merman, mom, Dan Dailey, father, and Jonny Ray, brother, and Mitzi Gaynor, sister, are a very entertaining family. I will always remember the film for it's great entertainment! 8/10
Overblown, overdone and overlong--but still fun! (by preppy-3)
Movie about a show biz family called the Donahues. There's mother Molly Ethel Merman , father Terence Dan Dailey , brother Tim Donald O'Connor , daughter Katy Mitzi Gaynor and brother Steve Johnnie Ray . There's no real plot but most of it deals with Tim falling in love with singer Vicky Marilyn Monroe and his problems with drinking.I've read about this movie for years. It seems everyone says it's loud, stupid and overblown. I finally caught it on the Fox Movie Channel a GREAT print--colorful and letterboxed and I can see why people don't like it. The plot <more>
is--to put it mildly--slim and ridiculously melodramatic. Despite the acting talents of the cast the dramatic scenes just don't work. The dialogue is full of groaners and it just falls flat. To make matters worse Johnnie Ray is a VERY untalented man. His voice is annoying, his acting atrocious and his singing is just so bad that it had me staring at the TV slack-jawed! Seriously--he can't sing at all even he admitted it ! Thankfully he only has two songs. All this aside I still like the movie.The production numbers and there are LOTS of them are big, colorful and full of energy. The "Alexander Ragtime Band" number is certainly an eye-opener! All the stars even Monroe! belt out the songs with plenty of energy and life. Also the numbers never stop moving--it's impossible to get bored. Gaynor and O'Connor throw in some truly incredible tap-dancing in the movie and work well together. The costumes are---interesting. They're so garish and tacky that they become sort of fun to just look at! Also with the exception of Ray the acting was great. Merman and Gaynor steal the show--especially Gaynor when she starts crying at the end. It all ends in a HUGE production number with the cast belting out the title tune.So it IS a bad movie but the singing and dancing are great, the acting is wonderful and the elaborate sets and costumes keep your interest. Worth catching. I give it an 8.