Give a Girl a Break
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|Give a Girl a Break|
Promotional movie poster for the film
|Directed by||Stanley Donen|
|Produced by||Jack Cummings|
|Written by||Vera Caspary
|Music by||Burton Lane|
|Cinematography||William C. Mellor|
|Editing by||Adrienne Fazan|
|Release dates||December 3, 1953|
|Running time||84 min.|
When the temperamental star of a new Broadway musical revue in rehearsals walks out, director and choreographer Ted Sturgis (Gower Champion) suggests casting an unknown for the role. When it is announced in the newspapers, throngs of hopefuls show up. The revue's musical composer, Leo Belney (Kurt Kasznar), champions ballerina Joanna Moss, while gofer Bob Dowdy (Bob Fosse) is enchanted by novice Suzy Doolittle (Debbie Reynolds). Then producer Felix Jordan (Larry Keating) persuades Ted's former dance partner, Madelyn Corlane (Marge Champion), to come out of retirement to try out, much to Ted's great discomfort.
- Marge Champion as Madelyn Corlane
- Gower Champion as Ted Sturgis
- Debbie Reynolds as Suzy Doolittle
- Helen Wood as Mrs. Olga Bradshaw / Joanna Moss
- Bob Fosse as Bob Dowdy
- Kurt Kasznar as Leo Belney
- Richard Anderson as Burton Bradshaw
- William Ching as Anson Prichett
- Lurene Tuttle as Mrs. Doolittle
- Larry Keating as Felix Jordan
- Donna Martell as Janet Hallson
According to MGM records the film earned $772,000 in the US and Canada and $506,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $1,156,000.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- Deena Rosenberg Fascinating Rhythm: The Collaboration of George and Ira Gershwin 1991 "In 1953, Ira and Burton Lane wrote Give a Girl a Break, which featured the song "Applause, Applause."
- Give a Girl a Break at the Internet Movie Database
- Give a Girl a Break at the TCM Movie Database
- Give a Girl a Break at allmovie
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