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Cheaper by the Dozen

Video footage: Hollywood, CA - DECEMBER 14, 2003: Lindsay Lohan, walks the red carpet at the Cheaper by the Dozen Premiere held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre
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  1. [idiomatic] Things are handled more efficiently as a group, rather than individually.


  1. "Cheaper by the Dozen" is a 2003 American family comedy film which takes its title from the autobiographical book of the same name by Frank Bunker Gilbreth and Lillian Moller Gilbreth, but despite the title and the concept of a family with twelve children, the film bears no resemblance to the book nor its original film adaptation, although it is mentioned that the mother's maiden name is Gilbreth. The film was directed by Shawn Levy, narrated by Bonnie Hunt, and starring Steve Martin. The film was released on December 25, 2003 by 20th Century Fox, ultimately grossing just over $190 million worldwide.
  2. "Cheaper by the Dozen" is a Technicolor film based upon the 1948 autobiographical book Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. The film and book describe growing up in a family with twelve children in Montclair, New Jersey.


"Cheaper by the Dozen" is a biographical novel written by Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey that tells the story of time and motion study and efficiency experts Frank Bunker Gilbreth and Lillian Moller Gilbreth, and their twelve children. The book focuses on the many years the family resided in Montclair, New Jersey. It was adapted to film by Twentieth Century Fox in 1950.

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Google previewThe Book of Three (2006)

by Diana G. Gallagher, Paul Ruditis, Phyllis Ungerleider

cheaper by the COVEN: Cheaper by the Dozen is a film released in 1950 about a rather large ...

Google previewThe Jerome Kern Encyclopedia (2013)

by Thomas S. Hischak

Cheaper by the Dozen ( 1950) ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Progressive Era (2009)

by Catherine Cocks, Peter C. Holloran, Alan Lessoff

At the same time, the Gilbreths raised 12 children in a household run by scientific management principles, an experience recounted in the 1948 bestseller Cheaper by the DOZen. They expanded on Taylor's ideas and techniques in a number ...

Google previewWorkers in America: A Historical Encyclopedia [2 volumes] (2013)

by Robert E. Weir

Suggested Reading Frank Gilbreth and Lillian Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen, 1949; ...

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