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Give a Girl a Break (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 December 1953 (USA)
The star of an upcoming Broadway production, Janet Hallson, walks out during rehersals. The producers of the show, Ted Sturgis, Leo Belney and Bob Dowdy begin to search a replacement. After... See full summary »

Director:

Stanley Donen

Writers:

Vera Caspary (story), Frances Goodrich | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marge Champion ... Madelyn Corlane
Gower Champion ... Ted Sturgis
Debbie Reynolds ... Suzy Doolittle
Dolly Sharp Dolly Sharp ... Mrs. Olga Bradshaw / Joanna Moss (as Helen Wood)
Bob Fosse ... Bob Dowdy
Kurt Kasznar ... Leo Belney
Richard Anderson ... Burton Bradshaw
William Ching ... Anson Prichett
Lurene Tuttle ... Mrs. Doolittle
Larry Keating ... Felix Jordan
Donna Martell ... Janet Hallson
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Storyline

The star of an upcoming Broadway production, Janet Hallson, walks out during rehersals. The producers of the show, Ted Sturgis, Leo Belney and Bob Dowdy begin to search a replacement. After a quick audition, each favors someone else: Madelyn Corlane, Joanna Moss, Suzie Doolittle. The rest of the movie tells in a series of musical and dance scenes how they finally pick ... Written by Gerhard Gonter <g.gonter@ieee.org>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Donnez-lui une chance See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although Stanley Donen and Gower Champion were credited with staging the musical numbers, Bob Fosse insisted on doing the choreography for his dance scenes. See more »

Goofs

The theater marquee on opening night says "Felix Jordan's New Review". It should be "New Revue." See more »

Quotes

Bob Dowdy: Suzy, you don't know how wonderful it is to meet someone like you. Someone I can, converse with.
Suzy Doolittle: That's the way I feel too. Everything's so crazy nowadays, that there's so many things I'd like to ask you, things I couldn't talk to my mother about. Like, for instance, rocket ships and what if you get to like someone and the first thing you know, he might have to go off and, or, all sorts of things.
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Soundtracks

Applause, Applause
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Gower Champion and Debbie Reynolds
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Tries Hard
27 October 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Acrobatic musical from 1953 that spreads screen time between three couples instead of the usual romantic pair. Apparently the movie flopped at the box office (IMDB) despite MGM pedigree. For a musical the screenplay is more plot heavy than usual as three dancers compete for the lead in a Broadway musical. Not only does this divide screen time between the three, but generates unusual suspense for this kind of film. After all, which of the trio of talents will be selected. Also unusual is the general absence of romantic dance numbers. Instead it's flying feet, acrobatic tumbles, and super wide leg-splits-- no Astaire-Rogers here. That's surprising since the Champions would be expected to cuddle up in a few routines, but instead they're separated by plot wrinkles. So, all in all, I suspect normal audience expectations were let down.

Nonetheless, Reynolds projects her usual charm and sparkle. But will she win. In my view, screen time should have featured her, with Marge and Gower, who are better dancers than actors, in support. At the same time, the incredibly nimble Fosse makes a compact visual match for Debbie. Anyway, MGM injects its usual color splash along with a load of extras. And fans of acrobatic fast shoe should find much to marvel at. Meanwhile, that opening marathon of the splits still has me crossing my legs. Amazing what they can do.


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