Cinema: The New Pictures, Apr. 10, 1950

Cheaper by the Dozen (20th Century-Fox] is a movie version of the bestselling based-on-fact book about life with a father of twelve in the 19205. A plotless string of mild, rambling anecdotes, with Clifton ("Belvedere") Webb miscast in the central role, it is not much more fun than leafing through somebody else's family album.

Under the benevolent tyranny of Father Frank Gilbreth, an efficiency expert, the brood motors from Providence, R.I. to its' new home in Montclair, N.J., swarms into school, undergoes a whooping-cough epidemic, a mass tonsillectomy, a visit from a lady...