Give a Girl A Break

Give a Girl A Break

Director: Stanley Donen

Cast: Marge Champion, Gower Champion, Debbie Reynolds

     
 

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After providing excellent support in previous MGM musicals, the singing-dancing team of Marge and Gower Champion were rewarded with their own starring vehicle, Give a Girl a Break. Marge plays one of three actresses competing for the leading role in a Broadway show directed by Gower. The other two girls are Debbie Reynolds and Helen WoodSee more details below

Overview

After providing excellent support in previous MGM musicals, the singing-dancing team of Marge and Gower Champion were rewarded with their own starring vehicle, Give a Girl a Break. Marge plays one of three actresses competing for the leading role in a Broadway show directed by Gower. The other two girls are Debbie Reynolds and Helen Wood, so Marge is hardly a shoe-in. Another topnotch dancer/choreographer, Bob Fosse, co-stars as the show's leading man. Highlights include the aptly named "Challenge Dance" and the grand finale "Applause, Applause." Kurt Kasner provides a few chuckles as the show's neurotic composer. Several real composers collaborated on the score of Give a Girl a Break, among them Burton Lane, Ira Gershwin, Andre Previn and Saul Chaplin.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
In the 1930s and 1940s, Hollywood released a great number of unambitious, minor musicals, such as Best Foot Forward or The Fleet's In. These likeable but forgettable tuners were still around in the 1950s, but the advances in storytelling technique occasioned by films like An American in Paris and Singin' in the Rain made pleasant films like Give a Girl a Break seem overly quaint. Modest, unassuming, and fluffy, Give a Girl a Break still features a very interesting cast and offers the unique opportunity of seeing future Broadway choreographic legends Bob Fosse and Gower Champion dancing together. While the choreography is nothing remarkable, the two work very well in tandem, perhaps because Fosse's distinctive style had not begun to develop at this point. Gower and his wife, Marge Champion, shine in a special challenge dance, and Fosse and Debbie Reynolds are even better, enthusiastically dancing up and down a flight of stairs, while the very limber Helen Wood's acrobatic style certainly makes an impression. The script, of course, is barely serviceable, but the Burton Lane-Ira Gershwin score is quite agreeable. "In Our United State," in particular, is a real charmer, with a sweetly clever lyric and an engaging melody. Soon after this film, Fosse began his remarkable Broadway career with The Pajama Game, but it would be several years before Champion made his mark on-stage with Bye Bye Birdie.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/2009
UPC:
0883316219799
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:22:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marge Champion Madelyn Corlane
Gower Champion Ted Sturgis
Debbie Reynolds Suzy Doolittle
Helen Wood Joanna Moss
Bob Fosse Bob Dowdy
Kurt Kasznar Leo Belney
Richard Anderson Burton Bradshaw
William Ching Anson Pritchett
Lurene Tuttle Mrs. Doolittle
Larry Keating Felix Jordan
Donna Martell Janet Hallson

Technical Credits
Stanley Donen Director,Choreography
Gower Champion Choreography
Saul Chaplin Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Cummings Producer
Adrienne Fazan Editor
Ira Gershwin Score Composer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Frances Goodrich Screenwriter
Paul Groesse Art Director
Albert Hackett Screenwriter
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Burton Lane Score Composer
Herschel McCoy Costumes/Costume Designer
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
André Previn Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Irving G. Ries Special Effects
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Marvin Stuart Asst. Director
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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