There’s No Business Like Show Business is the 1954 musical starring Ethel Merman and Marilyn Monroe. Terrance and Molly Donahue are a vaudeville couple who manage to have a career and raise three children who become a part of the act. However, one of the kids, Steve wants to become a priest. They aren’t happy with the decision, but support him anyway. Soon, the other son Tim falls in love with a performers named Vicky. It turns out to be a tumultuous relationship. Can Tim and Vicky be able to stay together?
This is a pretty good musical with plenty of drama. The songs are good although some modern viewers may wonder why they go on for so long. Marilyn Monroe is a decent singer as she sings two solo songs. Ethel Merman is delightfully snarky in this film and helps to keep it from being too smarmy. There’s a nice twist in that one of the sons wants to work in a more “respectable” profession. The climax is epic and pulls off all the stops. Honolulu musical fans may want to watch this film.
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