There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by , Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , , , , , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1954.  

The life of a show business family is the subject of this shallow musical.  and Dan Dailey are the parents, while  and are the kids, both of whom engage in romantic affairs between splashy numbers. Marilyn Monroe appears as one of O’Connor’s distractions, and sings the film’s best songs, including ‘You’d Be Surprised’ and ‘Heat Wave’. There are funny situations and great, colourful costumes, but the whole thing is very episodic and not overly impressive.

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