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The Best Things in Life Are Free (1956) Poster

Full Cast & Crew

Directed by 

Michael Curtiz

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)  

William Bowers
Phoebe Ephron
John O'Hara ... (story)
Frank Tashlin ... (uncredited)

Cast (in credits order)  

Gordon MacRae ... B.G. 'Buddy' De Sylva
Dan Dailey ... Ray Henderson
Ernest Borgnine ... Lew Brown
Sheree North ... Kitty Kane
Tommy Noonan ... Carl Frisbee
Murvyn Vye ... Manny Costain
Phyllis Avery ... Maggie Henderson
Larry Keating ... Winfield Sheehan
Tony Galento Tony Galento ... Fingers
Norman Brooks Norman Brooks ... Al Jolson
Jacques d'Amboise Jacques d'Amboise ... Specialty Dancer
Roxanne Arlen ... Perky Nichols
Byron Palmer ... Hollywood Star
Linda Brace Linda Brace ... Jeannie Henderson
Patty Lou Hudson Patty Lou Hudson ... Susie Henderson
Julie Van Zandt Julie Van Zandt ... Patricia Van Seckland
Larry Kerr Larry Kerr ... Brewer
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Andrews
Eugene Borden Eugene Borden ... Louis
Harold Miller ... Percy - Theatre Critic
Emily Belser Emily Belser ... Photographer
Paul Glass Paul Glass ... Piano Player
Bill Foster Bill Foster ... Dance Director in Film
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aladdin Aladdin ... Studio Executive (uncredited)
Adelle August ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Robert Banas Robert Banas ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Lois Barnes Lois Barnes ... Clara Bow-type (uncredited)
Francesca Bellini Francesca Bellini ... Dancer (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Woman in Back Row (uncredited)
Nina Borget Nina Borget ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Boyle Jack Boyle ... Dance Director (uncredited)
Paul Bradley Paul Bradley ... Premiere Attendee (uncredited)
Boyd Cabeen Boyd Cabeen ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Barrie Chase ... Chorine (uncredited)
Juanita Close Juanita Close ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Tom Coleman Tom Coleman ... Party Waiter (uncredited)
Richard Collier ... Pawnbroker (uncredited)
Clancy Cooper ... Bootlegger (uncredited)
Suzanne Dalbert ... Hostess (uncredited)
Harvey Daniels Harvey Daniels ... Usher (uncredited)
Barbara Darrow ... Brenda (uncredited)
Ann B. Davis ... Hattie Stewart (uncredited)
Lisa Davis ... Limp Party Girl (uncredited)
Denise De Lacey Denise De Lacey ... Silent Film Ingenue (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Theatregoer (uncredited)
Joseph Forte Joseph Forte ... Man in Theatre Lobby (uncredited)
James Gonzalez ... Movie Director (uncredited)
Paul Grant Paul Grant ... Usher (uncredited)
Marcoreta Hellman Marcoreta Hellman ... Wardrobe Woman (uncredited)
Bill Hickman ... Moviegoer at Premiere (uncredited)
Bob Hopkins Bob Hopkins ... Broadway Character (uncredited)
Clyde Howdy ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Betsy Jones-Moreland Betsy Jones-Moreland ... Secretary (uncredited)
Claire Kelly ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... First Nighter (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Mike Lally Mike Lally ... Film Studio Technician (uncredited)
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Genius (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Theatregoer (uncredited)
Peter Mamakos ... Henchman (uncredited)
Thomas Martin Thomas Martin ... Theatregoer (uncredited)
Natalie Masters ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Marjorie May Marjorie May ... Silent Movie Vamp (uncredited)
Frank McLure ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Patricia McMahon Patricia McMahon ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Mike Morelli Mike Morelli ... Theater Manager (uncredited)
Barry Norton ... First Nighter (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Bootleg Runner (uncredited)
Paul Power Paul Power ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Juliet Prowse ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Gordon Richards ... Butler (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Mary Rodman Mary Rodman ... Girl in Low-Cut Dress (uncredited)
Ric Roman ... Henchman (uncredited)
Marion Ross ... Nita Naldi-type (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sam Schwartz Sam Schwartz ... Bootlegger (uncredited)
Bernard Sell Bernard Sell ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Steffi Sidney Steffi Sidney ... Dancer in Marathon (uncredited)
Rachel Stephens Rachel Stephens ... Society Reporter (uncredited)
Hal Taggart Hal Taggart ... Script Supervisor (uncredited)
Larri Thomas ... Dancer (uncredited)
Mary Thomas Mary Thomas ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Sally Todd Sally Todd ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey Arthur Tovey ... First-Nighter (uncredited)
Billy Wayne Billy Wayne ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Cecil Weston Cecil Weston ... Wardrobe Woman (uncredited)
Yvonne White Yvonne White ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Barbara Wilson Barbara Wilson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Henchman (uncredited)
Judith Woodbury Judith Woodbury ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Norma Yost Norma Yost ... Theresa (uncredited)

Produced by 

Henry Ephron ... producer

Music by 

Leigh Harline ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by 

Leon Shamroy

Film Editing by 

Dorothy Spencer

Art Direction by 

Maurice Ransford
Lyle R. Wheeler

Set Decoration by 

Paul S. Fox
Walter M. Scott

Costume Design by 

Charles Le Maire

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 

David Silver ... assistant director

Art Department 

John DeCuir ... art director: musical settings

Music Department 

Earle Hagen ... orchestrator
Charles Henderson ... vocal supervisor
Bernard Mayers ... orchestrator
Lionel Newman ... conductor / music supervisor
Herbert W. Spencer ... orchestrator (as Herbert Spencer)
Maurice De Packh ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew 

Rod Alexander ... choreographer
Bill Foster ... choreographer

See also

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