Veteran film director Walter Lang’s well-known movies included “The King and I” and “Call Me Madam.” Lang graduated from the University of Tennessee, served in France with the American Expeditionary Force in World War I and began his career as a Hollywood film director in 1927. He directed more than 50 movies during his career, most of them while associated with 20th Century Fox from the early 1930s to the early 1960s. Some of his other films include “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Cheaper By the Dozen,” “State Fair,” “Moon Over Miami,” “Tin Pan Alley,” “The Great Profile” and “Star Dust.” Lang, who worked with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, was nominated for an Oscar for “The King and I”.—Los Angeles Times
The fine but unremarkable "There's No Business Like Show Business" mostly presents Irving Berlin numbers of varying quality, but it also depicts the familial struggles its characters. Fox's first CinemaScope musical, the film doesn't always make the most of its widescreen photography, excepting the impressive "globe-trotting" "Alexander's Ragtime Band" sequence. With only a supporting role, Marilyn hijacks the movie.