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Call Me Madam (1953)

 -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  April 1953 (USA)
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Washington hostess Sally Adams becomes a Truman-era US ambassador to a European grand duchy.

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Cast

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Sally Adams
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Kenneth Gibson
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Princess Maria
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General Cosmo Constantine
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Pemberton Maxwell
Helmut Dantine ...
Prince Hugo
Walter Slezak ...
August Tantinnin
Steven Geray ...
Prime Minister Sebastian
Ludwig Stössel ...
Grand Duke Otto (as Ludwig Stossel)
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Grand Duchess Sophie
Charles Dingle ...
Sen. Brockway
Emory Parnell ...
Sen. Charlie Gallagher
Percy Helton ...
Sen. Wilkins
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Storyline

Boisterous, fun-loving, and popular Washington D.C. hostess Sally Adams is appointed U.S. Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Lichtenburg, Europe's smallest country. In Lichtenburg, the Duke and Duchess are negotiating a political marriage for their niece, Princess Maria in exchange for a substantial dowry. However, the country is desperate for funds, and turns to the inexperienced ambassador for a much needed U.S. loan. Sally refuses to talk money, that is, until she meets the ultra charming Gen. Cosmo Constantine. Meanwhile, Sally's press attaché Kenneth Gibson falls head over heels for Princess Maria. Written by L. Hamre

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Irving Berlin's Call Me Madam  »

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Trivia

Ethel Merman recreated the role that she had originated in the Broadway production which opened at the Imperial Theatre on October 12, 1950 and ran for 644 performances through May 3, 1952. See more »

Quotes

August Tantinnin: And if I may be permitted an extremely unofficial remark, off the record, as you say, the American ambassador is very beautiful.
Prime Minister Sebastian: So beautiful.
Sally Adams: Well, thank you.
[aside]
Sally Adams: A good optometrist could clean up around here.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, as each word in the title appears onscreen, we hear, but do not see, Ethel Merman exclaiming, in a demanding tone of voice: "Call..me..madam!" See more »

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The Best Thing For You Would be Me
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by Ethel Merman and George Sanders
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O'Connor and Merman Shine
11 May 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Both Ethel Merman and Donald O'Connor suffered from the same misfortune -- lack of quality movie roles to showcase their extraordinary gifts. In O'Connor's case, it was because from childhood up into his middle twenties he was contracted by Universal Studios which, up 'til that time, produced "B" movies, suitable for coming into an air-cooled movie theater on a hot summer's day, but not much else. He always shone brightly, however, even in those early films, but not 'til Singin' In The Rain -- and Call Me Madam -- did he get the chance to glitter in great "A" material. Ethel Merman, the greatest of the Broadway greats had expansive mannerisms, stereophonic lungs, and irrepressable exhuberance, and was not considered cinema material by the powers that be. See how wrong the powers can be? O'Connor and Merman together in this film make it great -- his dancing, her voice, their personalities blending in just the right way. Great movie with two great leads -- don't miss "Call Me Madam"!


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