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|Cheaper By the Dozen|
Actors: Clifton Webb, Myrna Loy, Jeanne Crain, Betty Lynn, Edgar Buchanan
Director: Walter Lang
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
This colorful depiction of life in a family of 12 children stars Clifton Webb as Frank Bunker Gilbreth, an eccentric father who prides himself on some truly unorthodox child-rearing methods. Based on the bestseller by two ... more »
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Lenka S. from DANVILLE, PA
Reviewed on 9/26/2011...
The movie is not like the recent cheesy remakes. It has depth. At times the daughters struggle with their father to become 'popular' while he wants them to be valued for smarts and decency. It has the feel of Life with father. I really liked the film but the end was a big let down. Everything is going nicely then the father drops dead at the train station. Just like that. The end. I know that this is based on real story but the movie could have tied up diferently and not so suddenly.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
RON B. from SALT LAKE CTY, UT
Reviewed on 4/16/2011...
A Really Fun and Well Made Movie......One that Most People don't know about.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Joseph B. from ARROYO GRANDE, CA
Reviewed on 4/14/2010...
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
April E. from CONCORDIA, KS
Reviewed on 10/27/2009...
The original movie, which sticks closely to the book, telling the true story of the family. Better than the remake!
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Cheaper by The Dozen Is Finally Coming Out On DVD
Chris | Leeds, Utah United States | 12/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I couldn't belive it when I head that Cheaper By The Dozen was coming to DVD. And Also THe Rare Sequel Belles On THeir Toes. I pre-ordered both of them yesterday. I have always loved both of the films and they are finally coming out on DVD.Cheaper By The Dozen Is About The Gilbreth Family who have 12 kids (how unbeliveable) and their adventures. Clifton Webb was excellent as the father. In the sequel Belles On Their toes Clifton Webb is an angel who looks down on his family when they are having all of their problems. Cheaper By The Dozen also stars 2 of the greatest actoresses ever Myrna Loy, and Jeanne Crain. For years these 2 films have been out of print and hard to find. And finally 20th Century Fox is putting them out on DVD. I highly suggest these movies to anyone who wants to get some good clean family entertainment for their kids."
A throwback to family values and an all-around great movie!
S. Nunes-ranchy | wishing I could be reading | 03/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was one who hounded the powers-that-be that this movie (that pre-dates ME by a good 23 years!) be released on DVD. I was thrilled when I received notice that it was being released and I just received it today (funny since I just happened to catch it on TV two days ago!). It's a timeless classic with a fantastic (and woman-empowering)plot based on a true story. I still can't imagine how they managed with 12 children but it gives me the courage to deal with my two (who sometimes make the mess of 12!). A great story for homeschoolers too- the importance of education could not be more delightfully presented.I was worried that the quality of the DVD might not be up-to-snuff but it was great (unlike the other classic-movie DVD I just purchased, Life with Father, another favorite movie but the quality is quite poor).By the way, I haven't seen the Steve Martin adaptation of Cheaper by the dozen but I've heard/ read that the storylines have close to nothing (other than 12 children) in common. Instead, invest in this classic and you'll be very pleased.If I could give it more stars, I would!!"
Enjoyable movie true to the book's spirit
Anyechka | Rensselaer, NY United States | 12/25/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Unlike the supposed remake put out at the end of 2003, this original movie adaptation of the book actually has heart, is entertaining without resorting to cheap shots or gross-out humour, and is overwhelmingly true to the spirit of the book. It might take awhile for the average modern viewer to get into it, though, since there really isn't much of a plot, not the way we've come to expect in modern movies, just a narration of various adventures the family had. This is by far one of the best and most honest screen adaptations of a book I've yet seen, right up there with 'Gone with the Wind' and 'Fiddler on the Roof.' However, screen adaptations of books being what they have to be due to time and money constraints, they naturally couldn't fit everything in, and so had to cut and paste some events from the book together so they wouldn't completely overlook the important stuff (and unlike many cut and paste jobs in other book-based movies, here it was done very tastefully instead of randomly and carelessly), and they did leave out a number of the funniest stories in the book, like Bill pushing the Chinese cook into the oven and the so-called interviews which ran in the paper, much to the family's horror that a lot of the things they supposedly said and did were made up to embarrass them. They also got the birth order of the last two mixed up; Jane was the last-born child in real life, and Bob was the penultimate. Still, given what passes for entertainment nowadays and how movies based on books usually bear little or no coherent resemblance to the story which the viewers know and love, this is a very clean and fun family movie."