There's No Business Like Show Business (The Diamond Collection) (Bilingual) [Import]
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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.
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Merman was my mothers music , therefore uncool! But who hasn't heard the title tune belted out by Ethel Merman? The
movie is a bit of fluff about a show biz family , with Marilyn Monroe thrown into the mix. The tunes are extravagantly
staged and in addition to the title tune other songs include " Alexander's Ragtime Band " . Another fine addition to my collection.
P.S. For more of this see also the movie " Alexander's Ragtime Band " (1938 - in fabulous Black and White !) Ethel Merman
is so young you will barely recognize her - see Fay Wray ( King Kong ) sing !
Yes, the trials and triumphs of the Donahues are examined from 1919 to World War II. They go from being the Two Donahues to The Five Donahues, with variances inbetween. There are the parents, Molly and Terrance, and their three offspring, Steven, Katy, and Tim, whose adult careers are also covered.
However, the real drama involves the two sons. Steven decides to become a priest, which upsets the father. However, his mother and Katy are supportive. It's all a matter of perspective. For Steve, it's a change in venue, only the church has had a pretty long run. Tim becomes romantically involved with aspiring blonde singer Vicky Parker, played by (guess who?) and runs into all sorts of ups and downs. However, he gets jealous when he suspects he's having an affair with the producer, Lew Harris.
The musical numbers vary from extravagant and splashy to simplistic, and it's the latter that play better, such as the "Lazy" number featuring Monroe, Gaynor, and O'Connor. However, the "Heat Wave" number, with Latin rhythms fused with the usual big band stuff and MM's hot costume, is a highlight. And the lengthy "Alexander's Ragtime Band" may offend those of German, French, and Scottish ancestry who don't like this glossy cariacaturing of their ethnicity, i.e. costumes and bogus accents. Still, the bright colours are praiseworthy.
The interractions between Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey work the best, as the parents who want the best for their children and struggle. At one point, they buy a house in Jersey, but what a time for a mortgage, especially during the Depression.Read more ›
The cast has it's better and it's lesser performances. Ethel Merman is as always a force of nature even if she is less dominating than she had been a year before in the same Walter Langï¿½ Call me Madam. Marilyn Monroe is brilliant, as she often was, and so is Donald O'Connor as the funniest character of the whole bunch. Lovely Mitzi Gaynor isn't given much of a chance and Dan Dailey is a little on the stiff side, his real talent only showing when he starts dancing. As to Johnny Ray, one soon understands why his career in the movies was so short. But with the role he attributed, he hadnï¿½t been given much of a chance.
What makes this DVD really worthy is its quality.Read more ›
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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 7 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 19 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
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