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Belles on Their Toes
     

Belles on Their Toes

5.0 3
Director: Henry Levin

Cast: Jeanne Crain, Myrna Loy, Debra Paget

 
Lillian Gilbreth (played by Myrna Loy) puts her life back together after the death of her husband with a little help from her 12 children in this sequel to the 1950 version of Cheaper by the Dozen, which has been given a sturdy presentation on DVD. Belles on Their Toes has been given a full-frame transfer to disc in the aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The

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Lillian Gilbreth (played by Myrna Loy) puts her life back together after the death of her husband with a little help from her 12 children in this sequel to the 1950 version of Cheaper by the Dozen, which has been given a sturdy presentation on DVD. Belles on Their Toes has been given a full-frame transfer to disc in the aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The original English-language audio has been remixed for playback in Dolby Digital 5.1, while alternate dubbed Spanish and French tracks are in Dolby Digital Mono. Bonus materials include trailers for Belles on Their Toes, the 1950 Cheaper by the Dozen, and the 2003 in-name-only remake.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
As a sequel, Belles on Their Toes faces a special challenge: how do you do a continuation of a film (namely, Cheaper by the Dozen) without the main character (namely the father, played by Clifton Webb) who was the cornerstone of the original? In this case, the answer is to focus on the mother. Fortunately, the mother in this case is played by Myrna Loy, who was to a degree wasted in Cheaper; now that she's front and center, Loy gets a chance to shine and takes full advantage of the opportunity. Loy is in full command of Belles, even though Jeanne Crain and her subplot romance keeps threatening to take over, and even though Debra Paget and Barbara Bates also try to steal some screen time. But Loy is more than enough match for these upstarts, and even when their stories take center stage for a while, her presence is very much felt. Like Cheaper, Belles is essentially a series of events strung together, but in Belles the stringing is more noticeable and a bit bothersome. Belles also has a bit of an identity crisis, not sure if it is a musical, a comedy, a drama, or just an affectionate valentine to a bygone era. It never does seem to make up its mind, and that indecisiveness of tone, along with the episodic nature of the screenplay, damages Belles. But with Loy around, the damage is not too severe.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/2004
UPC:
0024543106173
Original Release:
1952
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:29:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical Trailer ; Cheaper By the Dozen Trailer ; Cheaper By the Dozen '03 Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeanne Crain Ann Gilbreth
Myrna Loy Mrs. Gilbreth
Debra Paget Martha
Jeffrey Hunter Dr. Bob Grayson
Edward Arnold Sam Harper
Hoagy Carmichael Tom Bracken
Barbara Bates Ernestine
Robert Arthur Frank Gilbreth
Verna Felton Cousin Lenora
Roddy McCaskill Bob Gilbreth
Carol Nugent Lily Gilbreth
Tina Thompson Jane Gilbreth
Teddy Driver Jack Gilbreth
Tommy Ivo William Gilbreth
Jimmy Hunt Fred Gilbreth
Anthony Sydes Don Gilbreth
Martin Milner Al Lynch
June Hedin Jane (at 22)
Robert Easton Franklyn Dykes
Cecil Weston Emily
Sid Saylor Cab Driver
Clifton Webb Frank Gilbreth

Technical Credits
Henry Levin Director
Arthur E. Arling Cinematographer
Samuel G. Engel Producer
Henry Ephron Screenwriter
Phoebe Ephron Screenwriter
Robert Fritch Editor
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Main Titles [1:08]
3. Last Graduation [2:19]
4. Memories [2:53]
5. Outrageous Offer [2:09]
6. Nantucket [2:35]
7. Beans, Beans, Beans [4:28]
8. Beach Barbecue [:29]
9. New Barber [2:50]
10. Enterprising Family [4:17]
11. Just Another Chauvinist [2:58]
12. Turnaround [3:45]
13. Happy Thanksgiving [:34]
14. Naked Harassment [1:12]
15. Good Riddance [4:29]
16. No Women Allowed [1:05]
17. Visitors Galore [2:23]
18. Newsreel Stars [2:50]
19. Good News, Bad News [:58]
20. Invitation to the Dance [2:06]
21. Full House [4:00]
22. Dancing the Night Away [2:26]
23. Take Her [4:37]
24. Thank You [1:29]

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Belles on Their Toes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good family movie. Its funny and touching. I enjoyed it more than 'Cheaper by the Dozen' which also starred Myrna Loy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this film to anyone who is fond of vintage movies. As the sequel to the original Cheaper by the Dozen, it is a must have. Myrna Loy is outstanding, as always.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago