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There's No Business Like Show Business
     

There's No Business Like Show Business

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Director: Walter Lang

Cast: Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Marilyn Monroe

 

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Walter Lang directs Marilyn Monroe and Ethel Merman in There's No Business Like Show Business, which comes to DVD as part of the Marilyn Monroe Diamond Collection. The disc boasts a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 4.0 and Dolby

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Walter Lang directs Marilyn Monroe and Ethel Merman in There's No Business Like Show Business, which comes to DVD as part of the Marilyn Monroe Diamond Collection. The disc boasts a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 4.0 and Dolby Digital Stereo. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a pair of theatrical trailers, and, most humorously, a Portuguese trailer. This is an excellent disc for any Monroe enthusiast.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Big, colorful, and splashy, There's No Business Like Show Business might have been a classic movie musical if anyone had bothered to create a script for it. Oh, there's technically a script, but it clearly was just cobbled together from hither and yon -- and mostly yon -- so that the camera would have something to focus on between musical numbers. As a result, Business meanders around quite a bit, dropping in on one thread of a story just long enough for the audience to hear a few lines of clichéd dialogue before the orchestra starts vamping the intro to the next song. Fortunately, the songs are by the inimitable Irving Berlin, and they're handled by a cast that ranges from the technically qualified to the magical. The former includes a very wooden Johnnie Ray and a perky but dispensable Mitzi Gaynor, but the latter includes a clarion-voiced Ethel Merman, an impishly appealing Donald O'Connor, and the incredibly seductive Marilyn Monroe. (Dan Dailey falls in the middle, a good song-and-dance man and decent actor who nevertheless doesn't quite catch fire in this film.) Merman sounds terrific, sailing through "Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee" and "A Sailor's Not a Sailor" with glee, and O'Connor makes "A Man Chases a Girl" into something pretty special. But it's Monroe that provides the single most memorable number, a "Heat Wave" that sizzles, pops, burns and scorches like few other filmed songs. Add in some yummy costumes and nifty Leon Shamroy camerawork, and there's more than enough here to make up for the flimsy story.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2001
UPC:
0024543014454
Original Release:
1954
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:58:00

Special Features

Anamorphic widescreen [aspect ratio: 2.35:1]; English 4.0 Surround; English stereo; Subtitles: English, Spanish; Theatrical trailers; Portuguese theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ethel Merman Molly Donahue
Donald O'Connor Tim Donahue
Marilyn Monroe Vicky
Dan Dailey Terrance Donahue
Johnny Ray Steve Donahue
Mitzi Gaynor Katy Donahue
Richard Eastham Lew Harris
Hugh O'Brian Charles Gibbs
Frank McHugh Eddie Duggen
Rhys Williams Father Dineen
Lee Patrick Marge
Eve Miller Hat check girl
Robin Raymond Lillian Sawyer
Lyle Talbot Stage manager
Alvy Moore Katy's Boyfriend
Chick Chandler Harry
Henry Slate Dance director
Nolan Leary Archbishop
Gavin Gordon Geoffrey
Mimi Gibson Katy at Age 4
Linda Lowell Katy at Age 8
Jimmy Baird Steve at Age 6
Donald Gamble Tim at Age 6
Charlotte Austin Lorna
Billy Chapin Steve at Age 10
John Doucette Stage Manager
Donald Kerr Bobby Clark
Isabelle Dwan Sophie Tucker
George H. Melford Stage Doorman

Technical Credits
Walter Lang Director
Robert Alton Choreography
Irving Berlin Score Composer,Songwriter
John De Cuir Production Designer
Henry Ephron Screenwriter
Phoebe Ephron Screenwriter
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Lionel Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Sol C. Siegel Producer
Robert L. Simpson Editor
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
Lamar Trotti Original Story
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Miles White Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Titles [:15]
2. Meet The Donohues [1:29]
3. A Better Life [4:54]
4. A New Act [2:45]
5. Trouble At School [2:43]
6. To Make A Buck [3:11]
7. Alexander's Ragtime Band [2:02]
8. The Hat-check Girl [7:45]
9. After You Get What You Want, You Don't Want It [1:11]
10. The "interview" [2:24]
11. What A Family! [5:12]
12. Steve's Goodbye Party [3:48]
13. If You Believe [2:15]
14. Sorry, Wrong Number [4:01]
15. Heat Wave [3:27]
16. Tim's Plans [3:50]
17. A Man Chases A Girl (until She Catches Him) [4:27]
18. The Kids' Big News [3:57]
19. Lazy [3:48]
20. Father Donohue [:18]
21. Big Star Blues [2:44]
22. The Show Must Go On [5:12]
23. A Sailor's Not A Sailor ('til A Sailor's Been Tattooed) [1:32]
24. The Trouble With Tim [2:27]
25. Terry's Decision [6:46]
26. Something In Common [:09]
27. There's No Business Like Show Business [1:32]
28. Together Again [5:41]

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