There's no business like show business
With a host of stars and a score by Irving Berlin, we're off to a good start for this 1954 film from Twentieth Century Fox. Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey play a couple of vaudeville stars, the Donahues. Their offspring join them in the act when young, but the film is about what happens when they grow up and start out on careers of their own. Johnny Ray, in his only film role, decides to go into the priesthood, which is a bit of a shock for mum and dad. Donald O'Connor has a bit of a battle with alcohol but still manages to dance up a storm in `A man chases a girl'. His paramour is a showgirl played by Marilyn Monroe, who gives a scorching version of `Heat wave', proving that she can both sing and dance as well as look sexy. In `Lazy' she is joined by O'Connor and Mitzi Gaynor, who is the least troubled or troublesome of the Donahue children. Other Berlin numbers, besides the title song, include `A pretty girl is like a melody' (the Donahue parents), `Alexander's ragtime band' and `When the midnight choo-choo leaves for Alabam' (sung by the whole family), `If you believe' (Johnny Ray's solo piece), `Remember' and other numbers. A veritable feast of entertainment for nearly 120 minutes.