Cheaper By the Dozen

Cheaper By the Dozen
Cheaper By the Dozen
  • NR
  • 1h 26m
  • 1950
Fresh80%
Common Sense Media Iconage 9+
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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 children of the real Mr. Gilbreth, this charming film co-starring Myrna Loy is "alive with big laughs" (Los Angeles Times). Narrated by the oldest daughter (Jeanne Crain), the story follows a series of family crises over the years: from how the children over-whelmed their new school's administration office, to the time they threw a hospital into chaos when they arrived for a mass tonsillectomy. There's even a memorable encounter with a birth control advocate. Simultaneously hilarious and sentimental, "Cheaper by the Dozen is a family comedy in the truest sense.
© 1950 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

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EmanuelLevy.Com
Emanuel Levy
Fresh

One of the most popular films of 1950, this comedy stars Clifton Webb in one of his best known par...

June 22, 2017
Common Sense Media
Renee Schonfeld
Fresh

Old-fashioned upbeat family comedy with sad ending.

June 22, 2017
DVDJournal.com
Betsy Bozdech
Fresh

Cheaper by the Dozen may not have much of a plot, but the film's lack of storyline is more than co...

June 21, 2017
Kansas City Kansan
Steve Crum
Fresh

A film rich in turn of the century atmosphere. And family values times 12.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Old-fashioned upbeat family comedy with sad ending.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Cheaper by the Dozen, which is set in the 1920s and based on a true story, offers a rosy look at parenting a very large family, but surprises at the end when one of the principal characters dies (off camera). The death is unexpected and significantly changes the upbeat, life-affirming tone of rest of the movie. Other than its sad ending and a scene in which a representative from Planned Parenthood is made the butt of jokes about birth control and large families, it's a sweet, but thin, depiction of the values, activities, and customs of a time gone by.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy, Family
  • Release Date:March 31, 1950
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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