Cheaper by the Dozen/Belles on Their Toes

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Even allowing for the fact that it owed its existence to the popularity of Life with Father 1947, Cheaper by the Dozen is one of the freshest, funniest and most enduring "family" films ever to emerge from Hollywood. Based on the autobiographical novel by Frank Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, this is the mostly true story of famed efficiency expert Frank Bunker Gilbreth. As played by Clifton Webb, Gilbreth is a benevolent despot in his own home, managing to keep order and sometimes sanity despite the ...
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Overview

Even allowing for the fact that it owed its existence to the popularity of Life with Father 1947, Cheaper by the Dozen is one of the freshest, funniest and most enduring "family" films ever to emerge from Hollywood. Based on the autobiographical novel by Frank Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, this is the mostly true story of famed efficiency expert Frank Bunker Gilbreth. As played by Clifton Webb, Gilbreth is a benevolent despot in his own home, managing to keep order and sometimes sanity despite the presence of twelve children hence the title. Myrna Loy co-stars as Gilbreth's wife Lillian, who provides balance to her lively household, while Jeanne Crain is allotted the somewhat thankless role of eldest daughter Ernestine who also narrates the story. The original book was basically a series of non-chronological anecdotes: Lamar Trotti's screenplay provides a throughline in the form of Gilbreth's ongoing ambition to deliver a series of lectures in Europe. The best moments taken almost verbatim from the novel include: Papa Gilbreth's insistence upon filming his family's tonsillectomies, including his own; a cruel but undeniably funny vignette wherein the Gilbreths flummox a lady advocate of planned parenthood Mildred Natwick; Mr. Gilbreth giving an impromptu demonstration on how to take a bath in the least amount of time; and daughter Ernestine's senior prom, where her father ends up as the life of the party appearing in this sequence as a Southern belle is Betty Lynn, who later played Thelma Lou on TV's Andy Griffith Show. The decision to retain the book's surprisingly downbeat ending provides a poignant coda to this heartwarming comedy. Cheaper by the Dozen was followed in 1952 by a sequel, Belles on their Toes.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2004
  • UPC: 024543138631
  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,477

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Cheaper by the Dozen
1. Main Titles
2. A True Story
3. The Gilbreth Family Ritual
4. Moving Day
5. Family Council
6. A New School
7. Scientific Methods
8. Tonsillectomies
9. Music Lessons
10. An Even Dozen
11. A Dog
12. A Good Citizen
13. Summer at the Shore
14. Anne Cuts Her Hair
15. Anne Has a Date
16. Dad Leaves for Europe
17. Bad News
18. Mom Takes Over
Side #2 -- Belles on Their Toes
1. Main Titles
2. Last Graduation
3. Memories
4. Outrageous Offer
5. Nantucket
6. Beans, Beans, Beans
7. Beach Barbeque
8. New Barber
9. Enterprising Family
10. Just Another Chauvinist
11. Turnaround
12. Happy Thanksgiving
13. Naked Harassment
14. Good Riddance
15. No Women Allowed
16. Visitors Galore
17. Newsreel Stars
18. Good News, Bad News
19. Invitation to the Dance
20. Full House
21. Dancing the Night Away
22. Take Her
23. Thank You
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Delightful!

    Delightful in every way. One can enjoy family, humor, and song as entertainment shines as its best in this double treat!

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