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There's No Business Like Show Business

(DVD - 2001 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
There's No Business Like Show Business

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The trials and triumphs of a veteran vaudeville family.
Title: There's no business like show business
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2001.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally issued as motion picture in 1954.
Bonus features: theatrical trailers, Portuguese theatrical trailer; restoration comparison; Diamond collection; one sheet.
Summary: The trials and triumphs of a veteran vaudeville family.
Audience: MPAA rating Not rated.
Additional Contributors: Ephron, Phoebe - 1914-1971.
Ephron, Henry - 1912-1992.
Siegel, Sol C. - 1903-1982.
Lang, Walter - 1898-1972.
Merman, Ethel
O'Connor, Donald - 1925-2003.
Monroe, Marilyn - 1926-1962.
Dailey, Dan - 1914-1978.
Ray, Johnnie - 1927-1990.
Gaynor, Mitzi - 1931-
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc
ISBN: 6306275134
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; art director, Lyle Wheeler, John De Cuir; film editor, Robert Simpson; music and lyrics by Irving Berlin.
Performers: Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Marilyn Monroe, Dan Dailey, Johnnie Ray, Mitzi Gaynor.
System Details: DVD; region 1, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; Dolby digital 4.0, Dolby digital stereo.
Other Language: In English with English or Spanish subtitles.
Subject Headings: Vaudeville Drama. Families Drama.
Genre/Form: Musical films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Topical Term: Vaudeville
Publisher No: 2001445
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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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