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There’s No Business Like Show Business – 1954 – English

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There's No Business Like Show Business - 1954 - English


There’s No Business Like Show Business – 1954 – English

Musical film directed in 1954 by Walter Lang, and starring Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, Donald O´Connor, Marilyn Monroe, Johnnie Ray, Mitzi Gaynor, Hugh O´Brian, Frank McHugh…


Synopsis: The Donahues – husband and wife Terry and Molly, and their three offspring Steve, Katy and Tim – are a song and dance act. Their survival as a performing act of five and as a family collective is presented. Under their family name, Terry and Molly were a successful vaudeville act in the early 1920s, they who subsequently under the names the Three Donahues, the Four Donahues and the Five Donahues, trotted out Steve, then Steve and Katy, then Steve, Katy and Tim on stage as early as they being toddlers. Molly was able to convince Terry to give the kids a stable education at a boarding school as the two of them continued their on the road career in Molly wanting the kids to have a normal life. They were pleasantly surprised that the kids grew up not only to have musical performing talent, but wanted to perform as a family unit as the Five Donahues. That harmony on and off stage was threatened first by Steve contemplating following another calling – the threat not only in his thought of…

Review: 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), 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.

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