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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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Sally Adams
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General Cosmo Constantine
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Pemberton Maxwell
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Prince Hugo
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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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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

Two Irving Berlin musical satires of Washington D.C. politics were not transferred from Broadway to Hollywood: the Ethel Merman-centered "Washington Square Dance" (although in the movie a few bars are sung by an off-screen chorus, and the melody is played during a party scene); plus a trio of senators (who on Broadway were Pat Harrington Sr., Ralph W. Chambers and Jay Velie) intoning "They Like Ike" (which inspired the memorable catch phrase of the 1952 Eisenhower presidential campaign). See more »

Quotes

Cosmo Constantine: You are the most American American I have ever met.
Sally Adams: That's the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me.
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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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Soundtracks

Finale: You're Just In Love/Something to Dance About
Sung by Ethel Merman, George Sanders, Donald O'Connor, Vera-Ellen (dubbed by Carol Richards) and chorus
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Now available on DVD - AT LAST!!!
3 April 2003 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

There's been a long wait to revisit the delights of this brassy film recreation of a big Broadway hit, but now we can once again enjoy it, fairly bursting from the screen, with its several lively production numbers, John DeCuir's classy production design, Irene Sharaff's flattering costumes, plus Robert Alton's absolutely first-rate choreography. Check out Vera-Ellen and an ultra-well-rehearsed chorus of dancers in "The Orcarina" number, as well as her amazing dance duets with Donald O'Connor, who smoothly displays his exceptional terpsichorean ability, so well showcased two years earlier in MGM's "Singin' in the Rain." George Sanders's singing is a wonderful surprise, holding his own with leather-lunged Madame Merman, who had triumphed on Broadway with this votive offering to her stardom, so cleverly crafted by Irving Berlin. Alfred Newman's Oscar for his endlessly inventive musical direction was more than well-deserved. For anyone who thinks that M-G-M was the only studio to adequately mount a film musical, this one might convince fans of this genre otherwise. (The DVD, by the way, is a very nice transfer, and boasts a quite informative commentary by "Musical Film Scholar" Miles Kreuger.)


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