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Belles on Their Toes (film)

Belles on Their Toes is a Technicolor film based on the autobiographical book Belles on Their Toes (1950) by siblings Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. The film, which debuted in New York City on May 2, 1952, was directed by Henry Levin, and Henry Ephron and Phoebe Ephron wrote the screenplay. It is a sequel to the film Cheaper by the Dozen (1950), based on Gilbreth and Carey's eponymous 1948 book.

Belles on Their Toes
Belles on Their Toes - Film Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Henry Levin
Produced by Samuel G. Engel
Screenplay by Henry Ephron
Phoebe Ephron
Based on Belles on Their Toes
1950 novel
by Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr.
Starring Myrna Loy
Jeanne Crain
Debra Paget
Jeffrey Hunter
Edward Arnold
Music by Cyril Mockridge
Cinematography Arthur E. Arling
Edited by Robert Fritch
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • May 2, 1952 (1952-05-02) (U.S.)
Running time
89 mins.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2 million (US rentals)[1][2]



Belles on Their Toes recounts the story of the Gilbreth family after the death of efficiency expert Frank Gilbreth, Sr., husband of Dr. Lillian Gilbreth and father to twelve children.



This film is more true to the story than is the first film, Cheaper by the Dozen (1950). Only the 11 living children are featured, and Jane is accurately portrayed as the youngest after Robert. However, the real surname of Anne's future husband was Robert Barney, which is changed to Grayson in the film.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p224
  2. ^ 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953

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