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
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHenry Levin
Produced bySamuel G. Engel
Screenplay byHenry Ephron
Phoebe Ephron
Based onBelles on Their Toes
1950 novel
by Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr.
StarringMyrna Loy
Jeanne Crain
Debra Paget
Jeffrey Hunter
Edward Arnold
Music byCyril Mockridge
CinematographyArthur E. Arling
Edited byRobert Fritch
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • May 2, 1952 (1952-05-02) (U.S.)
Running time
89 mins.
CountryUnited States
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.


  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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