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Encyclopedia > There's No Business Like Show Business

Perhaps one of the most famous, and recognizable, show-tunes ever is "There's No Business Like Show Business". This Irving Berlin marvel was written for Annie Get Your Gun and has two reprises within the show. Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888–September 22, 1989) was an American composer and lyricist. ... Annie Get Your Gun is a stage musical loosely based on the life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley. ...

The song is also featured in the 1954 movie of the same name, where it's notably sung by Ethel Merman as the main musical number. The movie, directed by Walter Lang, is essentially a catalog of various Berlin's pieces, a bit like Singin' in the Rain - which starred Donald O'Connor as well - was a collection of Arthur Freed songs. 1954 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Ethel Merman (January 16, 1908 - February 15, 1984) was a star of stage and film musicals, well known for her strident voice and comic acting. ... Walter Lang (born August 10, 1896 - died February 7, 1972) was an American film director. ... Singin in the Rain is a song with lyrics by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb Brown, published in 1929. ... Donald OConnor ( August 28, 1925 - September 27, 2003) was a singer, dancer and actor who came to fame in a series of movies in which he co-starred with Francis, the talking mule. ... Arthur Freed (September 9, 1894 _ April 12, 1973) was born in Charleston, South Carolina. ...

External links

  • IMDB: Annie Get Your Gun (1950) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042200/)
  • IMDB: There's No Business Like Show Business (1954) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047574/)



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