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Tea for Two (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 2 September 1950 (USA)
A socialite with aspirations of a career in show business bets her wealthy uncle $25,000 that she can say "no" to everything for two days straight, hoping winning will help her fulfill her dreams.

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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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Trivia

On the DVD release and Turner Classic Movies showings, beneath the credit "Screen Play by Harry Clork" the credit for the play "No, No, Nanette" and its writers as source material is obscured by a reddish-brown smudge. Furthermore, lyricist Irving Caesar was omitted. 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 »

Quotes

Pauline Hastings: If I'd said yes or no in the right places, I'd be wearing mink.
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Crazy Credits

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Here in My Arms
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Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
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"We're All Hams, Underneath!"
8 January 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This very early Doris Day effort is a re-working of the stage show, "No, No, Nanette!". In order to get her chance to appear in a musical, Nanette has to promise to say 'no', for a prescribed period of time, to everything that is asked of her.

Set notionally in 1929, the period of the original show, but barely even attempting historical accuracy, the film is really only a vehicle for Doris, Warners' new star. So little regard is had to period feel that Doris performs one number in a New Look dress. Soft-focus close-ups and jerky dialogue trundle the action from one musical set piece to the next.

The opening number in the rehearsal room is well-presented, with an attractive New York cityscape beyond the window and a nice 'infinite regression' effect in the wall mirrors. Doris sings and dances appealingly throughout, especially in "Crazy Rhythm" (in which Gene Nelson has a terrific athletic dance solo).

Gordon MacRae as Tommy gives us his usual thoroughly dependable (if uninspiring) male lead, and Patrice Wymore does her customary 'beautiful bad girl' as Bea Darcy. Pauline the wise-cracking secretary is played by Eve Arden (27 years later, the principal of Rydell High in "Grease"). The 'Charleston' sequence is a knockout, and Gene Nelson's bannister dance in "Oh Me, Oh My!" is astonishingly good. The character of Mabel Wylie (Virginia Gibson) is introduced, but then not persevered with, suggesting that some plot sections were later edited out.

Verdict - A pleasant Doris vehicle with songs cleverly embedded in a so-so plot.


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