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Movie GuideThurs., April 23, 1998  
 
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Database Review
 
THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS
Walter Lang, 1954
[3.5 Reels]
Our rating: 3.5

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Packed with tunes by the incomparable Irving Berlin, this entertaining musical concerns the plight of the Five Donahues, a vaudeville act comprised of Molly and Terrence Donahue (Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey) and their children. Steve (Johnny Ray), the oldest child, who goes off to become a priest, is the first of the brood to leave. Next brother Tim (Donald O'Connor) and sister Katy (Mitzi Gaynor) get antsy and decide to carry on the family tradition in New York. Katy's romance with songwriter Charles Gibbs (Hugh O'Brian) is no problem, but Tim's involvement with nightclub hatcheck girl and aspiring singer Vicky (Marilyn Monroe) is another story. When he believes that Vicky is cheating on him, Tim gets drunk and ends up in an automobile accident. Ultimately, though, things work out for the best, as they have a way of doing in musicals, and all of the Donahues come together for one more big number, the rousing title tune.

THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS is packed with every vaudeville cliche the movies have ever conjured up, yet it is presented in a fresh, colorful, heartwarming manner. Merman is a standout, but the lively cast never allows the singer to dominate, and Monroe, in particular, adds much-needed buoyancy to the somewhat flat story, turning up the temperature with her sexy rendition of "Heat Wave."

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awards

Academy Award Nomination: Best Motion Picture Story - Lamar Trotti
Academy Award Nomination: Best Score (Musical) - Alfred Newman, Lionel Newman
Academy Award Nomination: Best Costume Design (Color) - Charles LeMaire, Travilla, Miles White
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Country of origin:
U.S.
Genre:
Musical
Color or b/w:
Color
Production Co(s).:
Fox
Released by:
Fox
MPAA rating:
NR
Parental rating:
Acceptable for children
Running time:
117
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cast
Ethel Merman
Molly Donahue
Donald O'Connor
Tim Donahue
Marilyn Monroe
Vicky
Dan Dailey
Terrance Donahue
Johnny Ray
Steve Donahue
Mitzi Gaynor
Katy Donahue
Richard Eastham
Lew Harris
Hugh O'Brian
Charles Gibbs
Frank McHugh
Eddie Duggan
Rhys Williams
Father Dineen
Lee Patrick
Marge
Chick Chandler
Harry
Eve Miller
Hatcheck Girl
Robin Raymond
Lillian Sawyer
Lyle Talbot
Stage Manager
George Melford
Stage Doorman
Alvy Moore
Katy's Boy Friend
Henry Slate
Dance Director
Gavin Gordon
Geoffrey
Nolan Leary
Archbishop
Mimi Gibson
Katy at Age 4
Linda Lowell
Katy at Age 8
John Potter
Steve at Age 2
Jimmy Baird
Steve at Age 6
Billy Chapin
Steve at Age 10
Neal McCaskill
Tim at Age 2
Donald Gamble
Tim at Age 6
Charlotte Austin
Lorna
John Doucette
Stage Manager
Isabelle Dwan
Sophie Tucker
Donald Kerr
Bobby Clark

credits
Producer:
Sol C. Siegel
Director:
Walter Lang
Writer:
Phoebe Ephron
Henry Ephron (based on a story by Lamar Trotti)
Cinematographer:
Leon Shamroy (CinemaScope, DeLuxe Color)
Editor:
Robert Simpson
Music Composer:
Irving Berlin
Music Director:
Alfred Newman
Lionel Newman
Art Director:
Lyle Wheeler
John De Cuir
Special Effects:
Ray Kellogg
Choreography:
Robert Alton

 
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