×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Mother Wore Tights
     

Mother Wore Tights

Director: Walter Lang, Betty Grable, Robert Arthur, Dan Dailey

Cast: Walter Lang, Betty Grable, Robert Arthur, Dan Dailey

 
A woman looks back at her childhood in show business in this musical comedy. At the turn of the century, Myrtle McKinley (Betty Grable) is working her way through business school and gets a job dancing at a San Francisco vaudeville house. She meets fellow hoofer Frank Burt (Dan Dailey), and they soon fall in love. Marriage follows, and Myrtle and Frank begin

Overview

A woman looks back at her childhood in show business in this musical comedy. At the turn of the century, Myrtle McKinley (Betty Grable) is working her way through business school and gets a job dancing at a San Francisco vaudeville house. She meets fellow hoofer Frank Burt (Dan Dailey), and they soon fall in love. Marriage follows, and Myrtle and Frank begin performing a song and dance act on the road. Myrtle leaves the act when she becomes pregnant with the first of two children, but when the kids are old enough to go out on tour, she and Frank work them into the act, and they learn to live out of a suitcase like their parents. Years later, Iris (Mona Freeman) and Mikie (Connie Marshall) are attending college when they learn that Mom and Dad have pulled their act out of mothballs -- and are booked to perform at a theatre near their campus. Mother Wore Tights won an Academy Award for Best Musical Score, and it was nominated for Best Song ("You Do") and Best Color Cinematography; the great Mexican ventriloquist Senor Wences appears as himself.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While first rate screenplays are always desirable, some films -- especially musicals -- can be first rate with less than top drawer scripts, as is the case with Mother Wore Tights. Not that Mother's screenplay is bad, mind you; much of the dialogue is quite good, there's decent character development, and the structure is sound. But Mother's basic storyline is rather thin, and it's a situation that has been visited in one form or another many times before. Fortunately, this proves to be merely a minor distraction in Mother, which ends up a sparkly, bubbly entertainment. Chief credit goes to its cast, headed by the lovely Betty Grable and the amiable Dan Dailey. The team displays the same chemistry that they did in their other pairings, but somehow there's even more of it on display in Mother. As expected, they light up the screen during their musical numbers, but their dialogue scenes also have more "oomph." Certainly director Walter Lang deserves some credit for this, as well as for bringing all of the ingredients of the film together and mixing them up into this delightful soufflé. The score, some of which is original and some of which is pulled from hither and yon, is a mixed affair, but it all works in context, with each number coming across as just what was needed in context. Harry Jackson's yummy cinematography is also a major plus, and the sets and costumes are appropriately colorful. It all adds up to a piece of fluff -- but a thoroughly engaging one.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/18/2014
UPC:
0024543934349
Original Release:
1947
Source:
Fox Mod
Sales rank:
12,545

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Betty Grable Myrtle McKinley Burt
Robert Arthur Bob Clarkman
Dan Dailey Frank Burt
Veda Ann Borg Rosemary Olcott
Mona Freeman Iris Burt
Connie Marshall Mikie Burt
Vanessa Brown Bessie
Chick Chandler Ed
Sara Allgood Grandmother McKinley
Maude Eburne Mrs. Muggins
Michael Dunne Roy Bivens
George Cleveland Grandfather McKinley
Antonio Filauri Papa Capucci
William Forrest Mr. Clarkman
William Frawley Mr. Schneider
Kathleen Lockhart Mrs. Clarkman
Ruth Nelson Miss Ridgeway
Frank Orth Stage doorman
Lee Patrick Lil
Sig Rumann Papa
Anabel Shaw Alice Flemmerhammer
Lotte Stein Mama
Senor Wences Himself
Kenneth Williams Dance director
Will Wright Withers
Harry V. Cheshire Minister
George Davis Waiter
Billy Greene Actor
Alvin Hammer Clarence
Ted Jordan Sailor
Lee MacGregor Boy
Tom Moore Actor
Eula Morgan Opera Singer
Harry Seymour Man
Brad Slaven Actor
Tom Stevenson Hotel Clerk
David Thursby Policeman
Anne Baxter Narrator
Karolyn Grimes Iris at Age 6
Stephen Dunne Roy Bivens

Technical Credits
Walter Lang Director
Richard Day Production Designer
Seymour Felix Choreography
Charles Henderson Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Jackson Cinematographer
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Josef Myrow Score Composer
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Lamar Trotti Producer,Screenwriter
J. Watson Webb Editor
Kenneth Williams Choreography
Joseph C. Wright Production Designer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews