• Pete Laurie

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

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

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  • 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…

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  • Yvette

    ★★½ Watched by Yvette 05 Jan, 2014

    Katie was my faves.

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  • Niklas Larsson

    ★★ Watched by Niklas Larsson 04 Nov, 2013

    Really silly...

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  • Silversaxophone

    ★★★ Watched by Silversaxophone 25 Sep, 2013

    Uninventive Cinemascope musical, what makes this worthwhile is the talent in front of the camera. A blustery Ethel Merman dominates, but Donald O’Connor is at his hyperactive best, and Marilyn doing ‘Having a Heatwave’ is irresistible.

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  • Ryan H.

    ★½ Rewatched by Ryan H. 19 Sep, 2013

    Tacky.

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  • citizenrobot

    ★★★ Watched by citizenrobot 17 Jun, 2013

    A LOT of musical numbers if this is what you're jonesing for. Nothing too left-field or secretly-openly-homoerotic but the 'Every Sailor Needs a Tattoo' number could qualify as such.

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  • robot hero

    ★★★½ Watched by robot hero 14 Jun, 2013

    This film suffers from a distinct lack of Marilyn Monroe, but it's still good, cheesy fun. I'd never seen Johnnie Ray before. That dude can't act but he sure sings the hell out of the songs he's given. Also, Marilyn's first number, the one where she's wearing the white dress. Meowza. That woman was simply stunning.

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  • Daniel Tucker

    ★★★ Watched by Daniel Tucker 08 Jun, 2013

    "There's No Business LIke Show Business" certainly shows its age. The dialogue, the sets, and even the casting scream 50s musical. Director Walter Lang, most known for adapting "The King and I" can never seem to find the right pace for his film.

    The film tells the story of the Donahue's, a stage act that began with happy couple Molly and Terence and eventually transforms into a five-member act following the birth of their three children. This back story is…

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  • Patrick Goff

    ★★½ Watched by Patrick Goff 16 Mar, 2013

    Not nearly enough Marilyn. Great art direction and musical numbers however.

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  • Ben Millett

    ★★★ Watched by Ben Millett 06 Jan, 2011

    Very interesting music by Berlin. Plot lines really don't resolve.

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  • Kevin Carr

    ★½ Watched by Kevin Carr 01 Aug, 2012

    Continuing with the Forever Marilyn Blu-ray Collection, this was only marginally related to her. It's more a movie for Ethel Merman and Donald O'Connor. Like many lesser musicals of its day, it's terribly thin on story with only about 20 minutes of plot. The rest is (admittedly impressive) song and dance numbers that make the film more of a revue than a narrative.

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