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Director:
Writers:
Russel Crouse (musical "Call Me Madam")
Howard Lindsay (musical "Call Me Madam")
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Release Date:
April 1953 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Washington hostess Sally Adams becomes a Truman-era US ambassador to a European grand duchy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Madame Ambassador See more (44 total) »

Cast

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Ethel Merman ... Sally Adams

Donald O'Connor ... Kenneth Gibson

Vera-Ellen ... Princess Maria

George Sanders ... General Cosmo Constantine

Billy De Wolfe ... Pemberton Maxwell
Helmut Dantine ... Prince Hugo
Walter Slezak ... August Tantinnin
Steven Geray ... Prime Minister Sebastian
Ludwig Stössel ... Grand Duke Otto (as Ludwig Stossel)

Lilia Skala ... Grand Duchess Sophie
Charles Dingle ... Sen. Brockway
Emory Parnell ... Sen. Charlie Gallagher
Percy Helton ... Sen. Wilkins
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hannelore Axman ... Telephone Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Leon Belasco ... Leader (uncredited)
Oscar Beregi Sr. ... Chamberlain (uncredited)
Julio Bonini ... Cabinet Minister (uncredited)
John Brascia ... Dancer in 'The Ocarina' Number (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Soldier (uncredited)

George Chakiris ... Dancer in 'The Ocarina' Number (uncredited)

Barrie Chase ... Dancer in The Ocarina (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Soldier (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Guest at Sally's Party (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Townsman at Fair (uncredited)
Charles J. Conrad ... Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Ball Extra (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Guest at Sally's Party (uncredited)
Don Dillaway ... Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
Dante DiPaolo ... Dancer in 'The Ocarina' Number (uncredited)
Johnny Downs ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Fritz Feld ... Hat Clerk (uncredited)
Eddie Firestone ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Carnival Guest in Box (uncredited)
Richard Garrick ... Supreme Court Justice (uncredited)
Frank Gerstle ... Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
Everett Glass ... Announcer at Sally's Party (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Townsman at Fair (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Townsman at Fair (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Ball Extra (uncredited)
Walter Woolf King ... Secretary of State (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Ball Extra (uncredited)
Sidney Marion ... Beer Garden Proprietor (uncredited)
Matt Mattox ... Dancer in 'The Ocarina' Number (uncredited)
Renny McEvoy ... First G.I. (uncredited)
Lal Chand Mehra ... Minister from Magrador (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Rudolph (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Ball Extra (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Ball Extra (uncredited)
Roger Neury ... Doorman at Ball (uncredited)

Julie Newmar ... Dancer in 'The Ocarina' Number (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Doorman at Ball (uncredited)
Nestor Paiva ... Miccoli (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Headwaiter at Sally's Party (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Captain of Equerries (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Ball Extra (uncredited)
Olan Soule ... Clerk (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Ball Extra (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Extra in Newsreel (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Reporter (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Extra in Newsreel (uncredited)
Ernö Verebes ... Music Clerk (uncredited)

John Wengraf ... Ronchin (uncredited)
Marc Wilder ... Dancer in 'The Ocarina' Number (uncredited)
Mack Williams ... Burton - Sally's Butler (uncredited)
Allen Wood ... Cameraman (uncredited)
William Yetter Sr. ... Equerry (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Lang 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Russel Crouse  musical "Call Me Madam"
Howard Lindsay  musical "Call Me Madam"
Arthur Sheekman  screenplay

Produced by
Sol C. Siegel .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson  (as Robert Simpson)
 
Art Direction by
John DeCuir  (as John De Cuir)
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Irene Sharaff 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hal Klein .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
Matthew Yuricich .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Alton .... dances and musical numbers staged by
Ken Darby .... vocal director
Earle Hagen .... orchestrator
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (as Herbert Spencer)
Conrad Gozzo .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Carol Richards .... singing voice: Vera-Ellen (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Leonard Doss .... technicolor color consultant
Leland Hayward .... stage producer
Jerry Bryan .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Irving Berlin's Call Me Madam" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
114 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
The movie contains two vintage Irving Berlin songs written before his 1950 Broadway score. "The International Rag" (as Ethel Merman sings it, although the official title is "That International Rag") had been introduced by Mr. Berlin himself at the London Hippodrome in 1913. Sophie Tucker made the ditty famous via her vaudeville act. In the picture, just prior to delivering this number at the presentation ball, Ethel jokes with the orchestra leader (played by Leon Belasco) about this "hot" new tune from 40 years earlier. Donald O'Connor's song-and-dance-solo, which had him tearing up a tavern -- "What Chance Have I With Love?" -- was first performed by Victor Moore in Irving Berlin's 1940 Broadway musical, "Louisiana Purchase." Although Mr. Moore would appear in Paramount's 1941 screen adaptation, his lament to love would not carry over to this film score.See more »
Quotes:
Congressman:Sally, you wouldn't like me to make a little farewell speech tonight?
Sally Adams:That's right. I wouldn't!
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Soundtrack:
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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Madame Ambassador, 2 August 2004
Author: jotix100 from New York

Thanks to the Fox Movie Channel one can rediscover forgotten things that don't show on television these days. It was a royal treat to have this film play the other night. We had seen the film years ago, but one forgets how much fun it was and how it still can delight anyone at all.

It helps a great deal this musical score was written by Irving Berlin, perhaps one of the most talented American composers of all times. The music of "Call Me Madam" can't be considered his best, but it pleases the viewer when it plays on the screen. The direction by Walter Lang also was an asset; even though it's filmed musical theater, it doesn't feel claustrophobic.

Ethel Merman was a magnificent star of the New York Broadway stage. She was a legend in the way she could sing a song and she could be heard in the whole theater; no mikes for Ms. Merman!. She was an original who was a consumed entertainer; she graced many musicals during her lifetime. It shows how foolish Hollywood was in not letting Ms. Merman repeat some of the same roles she created for the theater. It's sad, but it's a great loss.

Donald O'Connor does some of his best work in films in the movie. He plays well against Ms. Merman, as well as against Vera Ellen, his love interest in the film. Mr. O'Connor and Ms. Ellen are charming in their roles.

A great surprise was to see George Sanders, a man who played heavies, or cynical characters on the screen, singing and acting with enough suavity to charm Ms. Merman. Also in the cast, Walter Slezak, Billy DeWolfe, who are also effective in their supporting roles.

This is a film that will delight anyone looking for a pleasant time watching a delightful musical.

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