There's No Business Like Show Business (1954) - Rotten Tomatoes

There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)




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Molly and Terry Donahue, plus there three children, are The Five Donahues. Son Tim meets hat-check girl Vicky and the family acts begins to fall apart.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron, Lamar Trotti
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 14, 2002
20th Century Fox


Ethel Merman
as Molly Donahue
Donald O'Connor
as Tim Donahue
Dan Dailey
as Terrance Donahue
Mitzi Gaynor
as Katy Donahue
Johnnie Ray
as Steve Donahue
Richard Eastham
as Lew Harris
Hugh O'Brian
as Charles Gibbs
Frank McHugh
as Eddie Duggan
Rhys Williams
as Father Dineen
Eve Miller
as Hatcheck Girl
Robin Raymond
as Lillian Sawyer
Lyle Talbot
as Stage manager
George Melford
as Stage Doorman
Alvy Moore
as Katy's Boy Friend
Henry Slate
as Dance director
Gavin Gordon
as Geoffrey
Nolan Leary
as Archbishop
Mimi Gibson
as Katy at Age 4
Linda Lowell
as Katy at Age 8
Jimmie Baird
as Steve at Age 6
John Potter
as Steve at Age 2
Jimmy Baird
as Steve at Age 6
Billy Chapin
as Steve at Age 10
Neal McCaskill
as Tim at Age 2
Donald Gamble
as Tim at Age 6
John Doucette
as Stage Manager
Isabelle Dwan
as Sophie Tucker
Donald Kerr
as Bobby Clark
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Critic Reviews for There's No Business Like Show Business

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

If you're looking for a good film that features Irving Berlin tunes, this one is not the film you're looking for.

Full Review… | August 7, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though Marilyn Monroe was the country's biggest movie star, this plotless musical, a tribute to the genius composer Irving Berlin, belongs to Ethel Merman.

Full Review… | July 27, 2012

The movie does not blend the magic of music, dance, and emotion in the way which the best musicals do.

June 15, 2007

Audience Reviews for There's No Business Like Show Business


I just love Donald O' Connor. She is so sweet and funny! The story itself wasnt all the great; Theater family is ripped apart for different reasons yada yda everyone is happy at the end. But thats ok know why? It a musical!!!and quite a good musical. The show numbers and dance numbers are terrific! love them! See it for some fun!

Morgan Salem

Super Reviewer

Flashly and splashy and exactly what 50s musicals are. Most numbers were visually appealing and catchy. Not all, but most. The story was pretty nice too even if a little dull and contrived at times.

Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

glitzy, shallow, loud and a whole lot of fun except when johnnie ray is on screen.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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