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Tea for Two (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 2 September 1950 (USA)
In this reworking of "No, No, Nanette," wealthy heiress Nanette Carter bets her uncle $25,000 that she can say "no" to everything for 48 hours. If she wins, she can invest the money in a ... See full summary »

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In this reworking of "No, No, Nanette," wealthy heiress Nanette Carter bets her uncle $25,000 that she can say "no" to everything for 48 hours. If she wins, she can invest the money in a Broadway show featuring songs written by her beau, and of course, in which she will star. Trouble is, she doesn't realize her uncle's been wiped out by the Stock Market crash. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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In this version of the Broadway musical "No, No, Nanette", Eve Arden plays Pauline, but in the original 1940 version she played Kitty. See more »

Goofs

As is customary in movies of the 1950s the hairdos are all wrong: both the men and the women wear fashions of 1950 instead of 1929. See more »

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Nanette Carter: What do you want?
Pauline Hastings: Anything you might have left over.
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The writing credit card originally read: Screen Play by Harry Clork, and the smudged out credit read: Suggested by the play "No, No, Nanette," by Frank Mandel, Otto Harbach, Vincent Youmans and Emil Nyitray.

Notably missing is the name of lyricist Irving Caesar, who was a co-lyricist of the original Broadway score of "No, No, Nanette." Yet receiving credit are Frank Mandel and Emil Nyitray, who actually wrote the play "My Lady Friends," on which the libretto of "Nanette" was based.

Apparently, there was a subsequent dispute involving these credits, the details of which remain obscure, but as part of the settlement of the matter, Warners agreed to blur the source credits on all future prints of the film (which now includes video, DVD, Blu-ray and cable TV versions). See more »

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No, No, Nanette
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach (as Otto Harbach)
Music by Vincent Youmans
Performed by Doris Day, Gene Nelson and Chorus during Act I
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I like classic musicals, just not this one
11 June 2010 | by (advicetothelovelorn.blogspot.com) – See all my reviews

Tea for Two (David Butler, 1950) - I like Doris Day, but her cheery singing and cartoonish sensibility can't save this average musical, which is hamstrung by excessive comic relief, an unsuitable setting (the onset of the Great Depression - what an amusing scenario) and characters it's very difficult to root for. The set-up is this: Day dreams of being a Broadway star, and will get her big break if she can win a bet with uncle S.Z. Sakall to say "no" to every question she's asked for 36 hours. Not only do the writers fail to mine this promising premise to convincing dramatic ends, but they hardly wring any laughs out of it either. It's left instead for Billy "Oh no, not Billy De Wolfe" De Wolfe to provide the comic relief, which is not a situation I would like to revisit any time soon.

The lack of thought that went into the script is epitomised by the staggeringly artless way a gaggle of fun late-'20s songs are crowbarred into the narrative. Still, the film is lit by that good score, much of it performed by frequent co-stars Day and Gordon McRae, and some impressive hoofing from Gene Nelson - with his staircase dance the obvious high spot. Terence Davies' favourite character actress, Eve Arden, snipes agreeably in support. Tea for Two is based on the stage musical No, No, Nanette (filmed in 1930 and 1940), which is the show-within-a-film here.


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