Give a Girl a Break (1953)

Genres - Drama, Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Comedy  |   Release Date - Dec 3, 1953 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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After providing excellent support in previous MGM musicals, the singing-dancing team of Marge and Gower Champion were rewarded with their own starring vehicle, Give a Girl a Break. Marge plays one of three actresses competing for the leading role in a Broadway show directed by Gower. The other two girls are Debbie Reynolds and Helen Wood, so Marge is hardly a shoe-in. Another topnotch dancer/choreographer, Bob Fosse, co-stars as the show's leading man. Highlights include the aptly named "Challenge Dance" and the grand finale "Applause, Applause." Kurt Kasner provides a few chuckles as the show's neurotic composer. Several real composers collaborated on the score of Give a Girl a Break, among them Burton Lane, Ira Gershwin, Andre Previn and Saul Chaplin.

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stage, actor, behind-the-scenes, big-break, dance [art], rags-to-riches, songwriter, stars [celebrities], understudy