Cheaper by the Dozen

Synopsis: "Cheaper By the Dozen", based on the real-life story of the Gilbreth family, follows them from Providence, Rhode Island to Montclair, New Jersey, and details the amusing anecdotes found in large families. Frank Gilbreth, Sr., was a pioneer in the field of motion study, and often used his family as guinea pigs (with amusing and sometimes embarrassing results). He resisted popular culture,railing against his daughters' desires for bobbed hair and cosmetics.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director(s): Walter Lang
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
86 min

This is Providence...

Providence, Rhode Island,

where we lived in the year 1921.

I was 16 then

and a sophomore in high school.

But enough about me,

for this is not my story...

but the story of our family

and, first and foremost...

the story of my father

and my mother.

Dad... Frank Bunker Gilbreth...

was an industrial engineer...

- and a leader in the field

of scientific management.

If that sounds complicated,

just say that he was an efficiency expert...

a man who'd shown industry

how to save time.

He was a man

of definite character...

and once his course was set,

nothing could swerve him.

Road hog!

Whenever he came home from a business trip...

- even if he'd been away only for a day,

He brought with him an element

of surprise and suspense.

For there's no doubt about it.

Dad was a rugged individualist...

Brilliant but... well, let's face it...

a trifle eccentric,

Living by a code

ofhis own design.

It's Daddy! It's Daddy!

Hello, live bait.

- Hello, Dad. Glad you're home.

- Glad to be home, Anne.

- Hi, Dad. I was over on the lot.

- Hmm. So I see.

Eighteen seconds. Not bad, not bad.

But I still say we should make it in less.

- We gotta keep trying.

- Hello, Frank.

- Hello, dear.

- How was your trip?

- Couldn't have been better.

- I'm glad, dear.

Hi, there, funny face.

Have any trouble with the offspring this time?

- No more than usual.

- How about this one?

- Oh, she's been good as gold.

- Hey, Dad...

what did you bring us?

Quiet, quiet.

You'll find out later.

Fall in. Fall in.

Come on, there, small fry.


Good boy, Jackie.


You, there.

What's your name... Sitting Bull?

Aw, you haven't forgotten me, Daddy.

I'm Fred.

- Fred? Fred what?

- Fred Sittin Bull.

- How!

- How!

All right, let's see your nails.

Hmm, you could stand a little soap

and water on those hands, young man.

Aw, heck, Dad. What's the good of always

washing 'em? They only get dirty again.

That's a risk

we have to take.

- Lillian, I thought I told you

not to bite your nails.

- I didn't bite 'em, Daddy.

- They broke off on the piano.

- Then maybe you'd better

go back to the violin.

- Oh-oh. How many home runs today?

- Two.

Slipping, huh?

All right, Martha.

Still dieting?


Very nice, Mary. Ernestine.


What's that

on your face? Paint?

No, it isn't. And besides, Dad,

they don't call it paint anymore. It's makeup.

I don't care what they call it.

And don't think you can fool me, either.

I know paint when I see it.

Here. Spit on this.

Hm. Well, I see it isn't paint,

and I apologize.

But it might have been. As I've told you,

I won't have any painted women in this house.

- If you start any of that nonsense,

you'll find yourself...

- In a convent.

Yes, Daddy, I know...

the one with the 12-foot wall, near Albany.

Don't be impertinent.

Now, you'll find the chocolate bars

there in my briefcase. Fall out. Fall out.

- Well, Lillie, it's all settled.

- Is it, dear?

- Yes, ma'am... signed, sealed

and ready for delivery.

- Good.

- What is? What is?

- What's ready for delivery, Dad?

- Shall I?

- They'll have to know sooner or later.

All right. Hey, small fry, how would you kids

like to live in Montclair, New Jersey?

- Montclair?

- You mean leave Providence?

- I don't know how else you'd do it.

- Oh, but why? Why?

- Well, because it'd be nearer my work.

- But, gee, Dad.

- I'm shortstop on our team.

- And I'm pitcher.

There's plenty of time before school starts.

You can form a new team in Montclair.

But we don't wanna form a new team.

We wanna be on the one we're on.

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Lamar Trotti

Lamar Jefferson Trotti (October 18, 1900 – August 28, 1952) was an American screenwriter, producer, and motion picture executive. more…

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