There's No Business Like Show Business (film)


There's No Business Like Show Business (film)

Infobox Film | name =There's No Business Like Show Business


caption =movie poster
director = Walter Lang
producer = Sol C. Siegel
writer = Lamar Trotti (story)
Phoebe Ephron
Henry Ephron
starring =Ethel Merman
Donald O'Connor
Marilyn Monroe
cinematography =
music = Irving Berlin (songs)
editing =
distributor = Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
released = December 16, 1954 U.S. release
runtime = 117 min
language = English
budget =
imdb_id = 0047574

"There's No Business Like Show Business" is a 20th Century Fox film that was released on December 16, 1954. The title is borrowed from the famous song in the musical Annie Get Your Gun. It stars Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Marilyn Monroe, Dan Dailey, Mitzi Gaynor, and Johnnie Ray. It was directed by Walter Lang and written by Lamar Trotti (story) and Phoebe Ephron and Henry Ephron. The movie was Ethel Merman's first film in widescreen; it was filmed in CinemaScope.

The film depicts the traveling, singing and dancing Donahue Family, with Merman and Dailey as the parents, and O'Connor, Ray, and Gaynor as their adult children. It proved to be a disappointment both commercially and criticallyFact|date=August 2007, but it remains the only film in which Merman sings that song (although she did reprise it in the 1967 television version of "Annie Get Your Gun") "Show Business" was an extremely expensive movie. It did not make back its costFact|date=August 2007, but it did attract a considerable audience.

Monroe did not want to make this film but agreed after Fox promised her the lead in Billy Wilder's screen version of the Broadway hit, The Seven Year Itch.


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