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Belles on Their Toes (1952)





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A strong-willed, independent-minded widow and mother of 12 steps into her late husband's shoes and tries to earn enough money to support her family in this surprisingly feminist sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen, set during the early 1900s.
Classics , Comedy , Romance
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Myrna Loy
as Mrs. Gilbreth
Jeanne Crain
as Ann Gilbreth
Jeffrey Hunter
as Dr. Bob Grayson
Edward Arnold
as Sam Harper
Debra Paget
as Martha
Barbara Bates
as Ernestine
Verna Felton
as Cousin Lenora
Roddy McCaskill
as Bob Gilbreth
Carol Nugent
as Lily Gilbreth
Tina Thompson
as Jane Gilbreth
Teddy Driver
as Jack Gilbreth
Tommy Ivo
as William Gilbreth
Jimmy Hunt
as Fred Gilbreth
Anthony Sydes
as Don Gilbreth
Martin Milner
as Al Lynch
Clay Randolph
as Martin Dykes
June Hedin
as Jane (age 22)
Robert Easton
as Franklyn Dykes
Syd Saylor
as Cab Driver
Sid Saylor
as Cab Driver
Clifton Webb
as Frank Gilbreth
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Critic Reviews for Belles on Their Toes

All Critics (1)

Doesn't completely hold up a half century after its release, but it is a nostalgic bit of innocent humour.

September 16, 2004
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Belles on Their Toes


It's as delightful as it's prequel Cheaper By The Dozen. It makes a great film for the whole family.

Valerie G
Valerie G

Super Reviewer

Once again, not a good movie. A better movie, however, than the sequel to the remake of [i]Cheaper by the Dozen[/i]. (Which we'll get to soonish; we're almost there.) At least this vaguely approximately resembles the real actions of the real Gilbreth family. And yes, these books really are the autobiographies of two of the children from the family. This second movie, however, actually has more in common with the [i]first[/i] book than the second one. The newsreel story, for example, happens while the children's father is still alive. The tormenting of boyfriends is from that time, too. (Imagine being a teenage girl with five younger brothers and nearly as many younger sisters and trying to have any kind of social life!) The movie leaves out the important piece of information imparted in the book, that the second daughter (Mary) died of diphtheria when she was six. This is one of the diseases children get immunized against now, [i]because[/i] children died of it pretty regularly 100 years ago. As it stands, the movie refers to the dozen children, but you only see eleven. Actually, I've read the first book often enough so that I remember all the girls' names pretty easily. Ann, Mary, Martha, Ernestine, Lily, and Jane. The boys, who I usually forget two or three of, are Frank Jr., Bob, Jack, William, Fred, and Dan. Most of them are family names; Bob was named after Robert Frost. It helps, of course, that Dr. Lillian Gilbreth came from a big family herself; more names to steal. Also, Dr. Mrs. Gilbreth invented the pedal-top trashcan, the kind where you step on the little lever and the lid flips open. The advantages of efficiency experts, huh?

Edith Nelson
Edith Nelson

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