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There's No Business Like Show Business

(DVD - 2001)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
There's No Business Like Show Business
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Musical depiction of the lives of the Donahues, a veteran vaudeville family.
Title: There's no business like show business
[videorecording]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2001
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Originally issued as a motion picture in 1954
From a story by Lamar Trotti
Summary: Musical depiction of the lives of the Donahues, a veteran vaudeville family.
Branch Call Number: THERES NO BUSINESS
Statement of Responsibility: Twentieth Century Fox ; screenplay by Phoebe and Henry Ephron ; produced by Sol C. Siegel ; directed by Walter Lang
Credits: Director of photography, Leon Shamroy ; film editor, Robert Simpson ; music and lyrics by Irving Berlin ; dances and musical numbers staged by Robert Alton.
Performers: Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Marilyn Monroe, Dan Dailey, Johnnie Ray, Mitzi Gaynor.
System Details: DVD format
Other Language: Language tracks: English; subtitles: Spanish
Subject Headings: Feature films Musical films
Topical Term: Feature films
Musical films
Publisher No: 2001445
2001408
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May 29, 2012
  • Froster rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Definitely falls into the "so awful it's worth seeing" category. Marilyn is in her "what the hell am I doing?" period, before she discovered her groove. Her self-conscious over-enunciating is unintentionally hilarious, and it's fun to watch her try, try, try to make sense of her lines. (She needn't have bothered). Merman, O'Connor, Dailey and Gaynor are all high-octane show biz; they're all on an entirely different planet, and one would be tempted to cut off their oxygen supply, if one believed it actually would do any good. Exhibit number one: the absurd "Lazy" number performed by Monroe supine on a divan (in quite possibly the worst costume worn in her entire career) whilst O'Connor and Gaynor gyrate around her like Kay Thompson on speed. However, when Marilyn sizzles through "Heat Wave", you realize exactly why she survived this turkey. Sex sold (even though it's more than a bit oversold), even in Eisenhower's heyday.

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