Cheaper by the Dozen

Cheaper by the Dozen is a 1948 published biography of Frank Bunker Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey.


The book tells a humorous episodes from the life of the time and motion management pioneers Frank Bunker Gilbreth and Lillian Moller Gilbreth and their twelve children. The book focuses on the years in Montclair, New Jersey. The book was a bestseller and was translated into over fifty languages. 1950 was filmed by Twentieth Century Fox.

The title of the book based on one of Frank Gilbreth sen. popular jokes that if he was traveling with his family in the car and had to stop at a red light, he was often approached by passers-by, as he nourished all these children. Gilbreth pretended respectively, think carefully about the question. As soon as the light turned green, he replied, " Yeah, you know, they come cheaper by the dozen ," and drove away.

The second-oldest child of the Gilbreth family, Mary, died at the age of six from diphtheria. The book does not explain this; only in the sequel From children to be people is her death mentioned in a footnote.

The continuation from children, people who were published in 1950, tells the adventures of the Gilbreth family after Frank 's death in 1924. Folks are also from children was filmed with Jeanne Crain and Myrna Loy in the lead roles. This film was released in 1952 and deals with the life of Lilian Gilbreth and their children.


Cheaper by the Dozen 1950 film starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy as Frank and Lillian Gilbreth in the lead roles. Mildred Natwicks character who belongs to an organization for family planning and makes fun of the family, based on a true story from the book.

Cheaper by the Dozen and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 was released in 2003 and 2005 with the comedians Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt in the lead roles, but has no reference to the eponymous book or the movie from 1950, except that occurs in both a family with twelve children.


  • Cheaper by the Dozen, ISBN 0 - 06-008460 -X
  • Cheaper by the Dozen, ISBN 3499117215


The authors received 1950 cheaper by the dozen for the French prize for international humor