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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 !
First, more interesting than the movie itself is what went on behind the scenes of the filming of the movie. The relationships between the actors and actresses were strained and that comes through in the movie. At the time of filming, Dan Dailey was dating Donald O'Connor's wife, whom he was separated from at the time. Marilyn Monroe was difficult for all the cast to work with because she required her own costumer and choreographer and was always late. She thought Donald O'Connor looked too young to play her love interest despite the fact that Mr. O'Connor was nine months older than Ms. Monroe (Watch their kiss in the movie, and see if you pick up on a lack of chemistry.). At the time of filming, Ms. Monroe thought that her then husband, Joe Dimaggio, was having her followed.
Second, watch There's No Business Like Show Business for the wonderful musical numbers performed by Donald O'Connor and Mitzi Gaynor. The best number from the entire musical is Donald O'Connor's "A Man Chases a Girl." The number shows off Mr. O'Connor's singing ability as well as his incredible dancing ability. I could not help but be reminded of the "Moses" number from Singin' in the Rain (in my opinion, the best tap dance number ever).Read more ›
The story begins in 1919, whereupon we are introduced to the Vaudeville team of Molly and Terence Donahue (Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey). The next few years are touched upon briefly as Molly and Terry add three children to their family, as well as their act; the toddlers hit the stage with mom and dad almost as soon as they make their entrance into the world. The story begins in earnest when the youngest Donahues hit legal age, or there abouts.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 16 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 on June 23 2014 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
Opening text: "Back in 1919, Vaudeville was a very big part of Show Business. Our story is about the Donahues, a very little part of Vaudeville. Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2003 by Daniel J. Hamlow
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