The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
*There’s No Business Like Show Business*. 1954. USA. Directed by Walter Lang. Courtesy 20th Century-Fox/Photofest

There's No Business Like Show Business. 1954. USA. Directed by Walter Lang. 117 min.

Screenplay by Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron. Music by Irving Berlin. Dances by Robert Alton, Jack Cole (uncredited). With Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Marilyn Monroe, Dan Dailey, Johnnie Ray, Mitzi Gaynor. Monroe, a rising star at Fox, tested her new power by grabbing Ethel Merman’s “Heat Wave” number for herself and insisting that the film’s esteemed choreographer, Robert Alton, be replaced by Cole. The good-taste-challenged result nonetheless ranks as a Cole classic if only for its exceptional Matt Mattox–led cadre of male dancers. Monroe’s no less anachronistic “After You Get What You Want You Don't Want It” just adds to the fascinating clutter of this star-studded salute to Irving Berlin.

This film accompanies All That Jack (Cole).