Irving Berlin’s music highlights this Fox Cinemascope musical classic, which covers twenty years in the lives of the Donahue family. Molly and Terrence Donahue (Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey) are a showbiz couple who spawn two showbiz kids, Tim and Katy (Donald O’ Connor and Mitzi Gaynor), as well as Johnny Ray (Steve Donahue), who leaves the family business to become a priest.
The family is rocked, however, when Father Johnny returns to the family bosom to perform in a benefit concert. Things go further awry when Tim has the misfortunate of falling for career-obsessed-social-climbing chorus girl Vicki (Marilyn Monroe). However, the family’s strong love for each other wins out – and the show goes on, as it always must.