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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

Final film for Helen Wood, who changed her name to Dolly Sharp and re-emerged as a porn star. 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

Challenge Dance
(uncredited)
Music by André Previn and Saul Chaplin
Performed by Marge Champion and Gower Champion
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Reworking Of Ziegfeld Girl
9 June 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As compared to the product that was coming out of the Arthur Freed unit at MGM during this time, Give A Girl A Break is definitely in the rank of second rate MGM musicals. Still it's not too bad with the accent definitely on the dance as opposed to the song.

Give A Girl A Break is the title of a revue that producer Larry Keating is putting on and he's having one devil of a time trying to decide which talented dancer to give the lead to, be it Marge Champion, Debbie Reynolds or Helen Wood. He's got three of his people each pulling for a different prospect with Gower Champion putting on a real campaign to get his ex-wife and former dance partner out of retirement.

As a dance team, Marge and Gower Champion made their screen debut in one of Bing Crosby's musicals, Mr. Music over at Paramount. MGM snapped them up and featured them in Showboat and Lovely to Look At. After Everything I Have Is Your's, Give A Girl A Break was MGM's second attempt to feature them as leads. As good a dance team as they were, Marge and Gower were just not strong enough to carry a film on their own.

This was a dancing film and as such no great song hits came out of the score that was written by Burton Lane and Ira Gershwin. But the Champions, Debbie Reynolds, Bob Fosse, and Helen Wood could definitely dance to it.

If the plot sounds somewhat familiar I think MGM dusted off the script to one of their biggest hits, Ziegfeld Girl about three Ziegfeld Follies aspirants and updated it somewhat. It's also a much lighter treatment, none of the three dancers has anything happen as bad as what happened to Lana Turner in that film.

Give A Girl A Break will never be one of the great MGM musicals on anyone's list, but it's a pleasant diversion. And I can't believe that Bob Fosse had such a luxurious head of hair back in the day.


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