An all-star cast that includes Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, Marilyn Monroe, Donald O'Connor, Johnnie Ray and Mitzi Gaynor sparks this tuneful Irving Berlin musical that depicts the trials and triumphs of a veteran vaudeville family. Molly (Merman) and Terry (Dailey) Donahue start out as a duo and keep adding kids to the act until they finally become The 5 Donahues. Their busy, sometimes tumultuous lives aren't always easy, but the Donahues have plenty of love to get them through the hard times and more than enough talent to keep them on top. Highlighted by one classic Irving Berlin song after another and an array of dazzling production numbers, this upbeat, utterly delightful tale of life on the stage proves, beyond and doubt, that There's No Business Like Show Business!
This 1954 dinosaur brings together two giants of Broadway, Ethel Merman and Irving Berlin, just as their moment was passing forever, to create one last hurrah: a celebration of the glories that were vaudeville. Still, it's hard to imagine that Broadway--or nightclub entertaining, for that matter--was ever quite this lavish and satisfying. The story centers on a married couple, the Donahues (Dan Dailey and Merman), who live on the road as vaudeville entertainers, and since they have children, begin incorporating the kids into the act. Eventually, the kids grow up to be Donald O'Connor, Mitzi Gaynor, and Johnny Ray, and they begin having interests of their own. Donald's is an ambitious showgirl (Marilyn Monroe), whose standoffish response to his romantic overtures drives him to drink. Best for its lavish, splashy production numbers built around some of the best of the Berlin songbook, including the title tune and "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody." --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Je suis très heureux d'avoir ce film, mais ce qui me choque est qu'il n'est pas en français et pourtant ils est dans d'autres langues comme l'allemand et autres qui n'est... Read morePublished 5 months ago by pat
just love Donald O'Connor...great talent...very entertaining! fun to watch with some underlying messages but with classic happy ending...just a fell good moviePublished 17 months ago by Donna Tremblay
Pretty good song and dance movie. Pure entertainment and fun to watch. If you like musicals like me then please by all means watch this one.Published on Nov. 10 2013 by Diane Edwards
excellent film, good video and audio, we remember seeing this show in the theater, with popcorn and coke, a very good copyPublished on Sept. 7 2013 by norm
I don't have time to give a review that it at least 20 words long. What's wrong with just giving a star rating?Published on Nov. 29 2011 by Richard B. Young
Ok Ok. I have been a lifelong Marilyn Monroe fan since childhood, I love her. But when you are a Marilyn fan you have to put up with hit and miss movies. Read morePublished on April 14 2004 by Johny Bottom
Betty Grable was supposed to play the Ethel merman part , but looked to young to be a mother of grown ups Donald O'Conner , Mitzi Gaynor and Johnny Ray so they hired Merman.Published on March 21 2004 by BETTY GRABLE
Of all the Marilyn Monroe DVDs I've seen (about 7) this was the only one I didn't take to. Of course when Marilyn's on the screen, it's great, but the rest of the time I found it... Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2003 by Coleen