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There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)

Ethel Merman , Marilyn Monroe , Walter Lang  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe, Donald O'Connor, Dan Dailey, Johnnie Ray
  • Directors: Walter Lang
  • Writers: Henry Ephron, Lamar Trotti, Phoebe Ephron
  • Producers: Sol C. Siegel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 4.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059GEI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,614 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "There's No Business Like Show Business" on IMDb

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  • 2 Original theatrical trailers in English, 1 in Portugese

Editorial Reviews

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!

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
I love musicals and this one has been a favorite since it first came out in 1954. I was thrilled to receive the DVD and even more thrilled to find that the songs and dances were still as wonderful as I remembered, the production numbers still as splendid, and the total show as remarkable as ever.

Dan Dailey and Ethel Merman are Terry and Molly Donahue, vaudeville performers circa 1919 when the movie opens. They quickly add children Steve (Johnnie Ray) Katy (Mitzi Gaynor) and Tim (Donald O'Connor) to the act as each child is old enough to wobble on stage. They become the successful act known as The Five Donahues and tour constantly even as vaudeville dies away. When their paths cross with an ambitious blonde named Vicky (Marilyn Monroe) things are never the same. She breaks Tim's heart and he spirals downward into an alcoholic haze, son Steve leaves the act when he decides to become a priest, and Broadway replaces vaudeville as the elder Donahues spend less time on stage and more time in their New Jersey home. The ending always leaves me dissolved in tears, but it is the lavish production numbers that make this a favorite. From the catchy opening of Merman and Dailey performing "When That Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam'" (later reprised by Gaynor and O'Connor) to the lavish staging of "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and the uplifting closing of the title song, this movie is a feast for fans of music and dance. Even though Marilyn Monroe shines in her sexy "Heat Wave" number, the long-legged Dailey makes dancing an effortless joy throughout and Merman's voice is uncommonly rich, it is Donald O'Connor and Mitzi Gaynor who enthusiastically dance their way into your heart and steal every scene they are in.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real star of this film! September 4, 2006
By K. G.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a great movie with Marilyn Monroe and Ethel Merman.

However the real star of this movie is the vivacious Mitzi Gaynor! She steals every scene she is in. She is beautiful, talented, and hard to take your eyes off of!

I recommend this movie ! I also recommend " Anything Goes"

with Mitzi Gaynor. It has just been restored and the look of it is probably the best color of any DVD I own.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GREAT ETHEL April 12, 2002
One of the great musicals of the 50`s. All star cast and great numbers. Ethel Merman at her finest singing the title song. Worth buying the DVD just for that. Marilyns Heatwave number makes the mercury jump to 93. Dan Dailey always one of my favorites overshadowed by Astaire and Kelly. Donald O Connors finest hour was of course Make Em Laugh from Singing In The Rain but this is close second.The lovely Mitzi Gaynor and of course a man sadly forgotten by some nowadays. The Prince of Wails himself. Johnny Ray proving that he was better that most pop singers who turn to acting.I remember seeing this at a young age in our local theatre and thinking it was great all these years later i still feel the same...The question now is when will Call Me Madam appear on DVD also starring Ethel and Donald. A treat indeed for anyone who enjoy`s a good musical.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i'm going to be a dissenter here.... June 7, 2005
i am not a marilyn monroe fan, and honestly, i love this movie in spite of her being in, not because of her being in it. dan dailey, donald o'connor, mitzi gaynor, and ethel merman were all wonderful in this movie. johnnie ray was not much of a dancer, but he had a good voice. i thought the musical numbers were all great-everyone was in top form in this film. you cannot go wrong in getting this one.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like musicals then you'll love this one! March 1, 2001
This movie stars Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey as vaudevillians Molly and Terry Donahue, who are trying to raise their three children(Steve, Katie, and Tim)as normally as they can. Molly and Terry narrate throughout the story, so the movie actually spans 20 years of their lives. The film starts out with a little song and dance number, and the introduction of Donahue kid #1, then it moves through #2 and #3 and their childhoods with some great comic scenes between Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey. Finally, with the kids all grown up, the family becomes an act called the Five Donahues. The first time you get to see the grown up Donahue children is in a big number called "Alexander's Ragtime Band" in which all the family members get to spotlight their individual talents. That night, after the show of course, Steve (the oldest) gets his true calling and Vicky Parker (Marilyn Monroe)enters as Tim's (Donald O'Connor)love interest, both events conspiring to break the act up. This film is filled with plenty of song and dance numbers, almost all of which were written specifically for the movie by Irving Berlin, plenty of talent, and plenty of fun. Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, and Donald O'Connor are great comedic talents who deliver quite a few laughs throughout, as well as doing a great job with the singing and dancing. I highly recommend this movie to everyone out there who needs a good laugh! If you find that you like this one, try "Singing in the Rain," also co-starring Donald O'Connor, "Wonder Man," and "The Court Jester," starring Danny Kaye.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS {BLU-RAY} February 17, 2013
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Finally they started putting Marilyn's movies on Blu-Ray. It's about time. This is a pretty good movie with a pretty good cast. I have the dvd & this is so much better in Blu-Ray. You think the dvd is good until you see the Blu-ray. I can now toss my dvd copy. The color is really nice & it's filmed in the 2:55:1 aspect ratio. For this movie it's the only proper way to go. The audio sounded fine, but I do listen with external speakers hooked up to my old stereo system. No Digital here, but I'm sure it's probably pretty good. It's sad that they only include [2] Featurettes with the Blu-Ray. It would be nice to have had more about the movie & cast. I had to wait for the price to become reasonable, but when it did I snatched it up, & I am glad I did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality of the DVD not movie!!!
It is a great movie, however the DVD was very bad. I played it and then at 4:13 it stopped and then I had to stop and restart and it played then towards the end, I do not remember... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Chuck Brewster
2.0 out of 5 stars high camp and tacky
I suppose it's a guilty pleasure, but it really has to be one of the campest, tackiest musicals of all time. It's got the lot. Read more
Published 20 days ago by addison de witt
Published 1 month ago by Lisa E. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great musical
Published 1 month ago by Mary A Young
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine Donald O'Conner movie.
This is a fine movie. Donald O'Connor showed some of his fine talents in dancing and singing.
Published 1 month ago by Believer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun to watch.
Published 1 month ago by ANN PETERSEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Husband loved it
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Hepler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie is a great addition to my collection of classic musical movies.
Published 2 months ago by Michelle Mirabal
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy of Joy
I have love this movie from the day I first saw it and not for the reason most. I am a Johnny Ray Fan.
Published 4 months ago by Ores Chever
2.0 out of 5 stars Monroe stole the show
There are 5 men and women and young Monroe.
It is said Monroe stole show. Only Monroe distinguished.
Monroe is beautiful.
Published 4 months ago by YASUHIRO NAKAYAMA
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