• Mike D'Angelo

    ★★½ Watched by Mike D'Angelo 29 Apr, 2015


    Man, does this ever lumber. Takes forever to get going and then seems to go on forever; only Donald O’Connor keeps it from flatlining, and even he’s somewhat miscast as a lothario capable of seducing Marilyn. (Maybe I’m underestimating the appeal of funny + agile.) If for some reason you wanted to ensure that someone who's never seen a classic Hollywood musical will never ever watch one again, this is what you'd show them. And yet it's still intermittently fun, because razzmatazz.


  • Mynt Marsellus

    ★★★½ Watched by Mynt Marsellus 30 Mar, 2015

    The first 30 minutes of this movie drag. Then Marilyn Monroe shows up and makes everything better. He relationship with Donald O'Connor makes this film and her performance sells every minute. The production design is classic Hollywood and the script is shockingly better than it had any right to be.


  • Elle

    ★½ Watched by Elle 23 Mar, 2015

    There are more songs than plot in this film.


  • Bryan Colley

    Added by Bryan Colley

    A dreadful musical with no story and no closeups (thanks to early Cinemascope). It's just a parade of empty, overly-lavish musical numbers. It's a half-hour of songs before the story even starts. Catchy Irving Berlin tunes and Marilyn Monroe can't keep it from being a total bore. Script by Phoebe and Henry Epheron and Lamar Trotti, all of whom have done better work.


  • Matt J.

    Watched by Matt J. 30 Dec, 2014

    Before I even started watching this, it already had two strikes against it:

    1. I generally don't like musicals, especially the Classic Hollywood-era ones.

    2. I don't like Ethel Merman. Her voice like like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. I couldn't stand her in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, even though I love everything else about that film.

    Anyway, I decided to sit down and watch this, since I a) needed something that required minimal attention so…


  • Rick DeSantis

    ★★★ Rewatched by Rick DeSantis 09 Nov, 2014

    Marilyn is pure sex appeal but Mitzi Gaynor outclassed Marilyn in the movie. Mitzi had a perpetual smile and that girl next door look and attitude that everyone wants to be around. When Mitzi was on screen I was drawn to her even when Marilyn shared the screen with her. The dress Marilyn wore in her first number was stunning. Donald O'Connor was excellent especially in his solo with the statues. Ethel Merman was in control, you could tell this was her movie. Some great song and dance numbers are in this musical.


  • feedingbrett

    ★★ Watched by feedingbrett 23 Sep, 2014 2

    Review In A Nutshell:

    The title song of this film was one of those tunes that I simply knew due to other films or television series paying homage or make fun of it. I recall myself singing the song in my head, particularly during moments when I pretend to be like an actor or singer of some kind. It is too bad the rest of the film couldn't match the power that titular song was able to deliver.

    The film…


  • Travis Lytle

    ★★★½ Watched by Travis Lytle 17 Sep, 2014 2

    Though it is an undeniable treat to watch Donald O'Connor, Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe, and Mitzi Gaynor sing and dance to the standards of Irving Berlin, that is about all there is to "There's No Business Like Show Business." Walter Lang's splashy, CinemaScope musical is a Berlin revue with a tiny bit of plot and comedy thrown in to connect the full-bodied musical numbers. It is all very entertaining, but it lacks the narrative stuff of Hollywood's best movie musicals.…


  • Jude Seymour

    ★★½ Watched by Jude Seymour 24 Jul, 2014

    A razor-thin plot is the loose framework for a series of musical numbers. By this point in her career, Monroe is a star - but she's essentially third wheel for much of this film.

    Ed Sullivan reportedly said Monroe's sultry performance of "Heat Wave" was "one of the most flagrant violations of good taste" he had ever witnessed. Viewed from a present perspective, it is undeniably provocative. But ol' Ed is likely rolling in his grave over Farrah Abraham.



  • Monica Pallotta

    ★★ Watched by Monica Pallotta 06 Feb, 2014

    a good idea and something i thought i'd really like, especially since marilyn monroe and donald o'connor were starring but in reality it was boring and flat. for a long time it felt like the entire movie had no substance or meaning. i liked the ending though, despite it's soapiness.


  • Pete Laurie

    ★★★★ Watched by Pete Laurie 17 Apr, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Wow, I thought I’d seen song and dance numbers before. But everything until now has been pretty subdued, stripped back, low key, and even a little half assed, compared to visual and aural assault of There’s No Business Like Show Business. And I mean that in a really, really good way.

    Ethel Merman and Dan Daily are Molly and Terrance Donahue, a small time vaudeville duo in 1919. Over the first half hour or so, the movie traces their ever…


  • irajoel

    ★★ Added by irajoel

    This garish ,brash fun musical was made in the second year of the cinemascope revolution and directed by 20th Century Fox’s in house director Walter Lang. Lang who had a very long career that began with silent films and went on directing movies right up to 1961 with the lowly and ludicrous Snow White and The Three Stooges. He was a decent enough director and is mostly known for directing Betty Grable and Alice Faye in all those interminable 1940’s…