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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.

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

Harry Clork (screenplay), Frank Mandel (play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Doris Day ... Nanette Carter
Gordon MacRae ... Jimmy Smith
Gene Nelson ... Tommy Trainor
Eve Arden ... Pauline Hastings
Billy De Wolfe ... Larry Blair
S.Z. Sakall ... J. Maxwell Bloomhaus
Bill Goodwin ... William 'Moe' Early
Patrice Wymore ... Beatrice Darcy (as Pat Wymore)
Virginia Gibson ... Mabel Wiley
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Storyline

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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WARNER BROS.' Musical Treat of Treats in TECHNICOLOR See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bezaubernde Frau See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first movie in which Doris Day danced on-screen. 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

William 'Moe' Early: I made a fortune today. I sold short.
J. Maxwell Bloomhaus: Who did you sell short to?
William 'Moe' Early: You!
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Crazy Credits

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.

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Version of No, No, Nanette (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

The Call of the Sea
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Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Irving Caesar
Sung and Danced by Patrice Wymore with Chorus, then sung by Gordon MacRae during Act II
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Doris and Gordon dust off an old chestnut
27 June 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

No No Nanette, each stage and screen version, of it is one of those items that's going to have an eternal life on stage. This version of it, retitled with the best known number in the show is one of the best tellings of the story of a girl who has to keep saying no to all questions.

Tea for Two will be sung as long as people have voices. Doris Day and Gordon MacRae sing a nice version of it here, but the primo version of this song is done by Bing Crosby and Connee Boswell for Decca Records.

The whole ensemble performs quite nicely and settles into the roles that we've come to know and love them. Eve Arden as the wisecracking best friend, S.Z.Sakall as the confused old world uncle, Billy DeWolfe as the fussbudget conman producer just settle comfortably into their parts.

If on Jeopardy the answer is the most frequent leading man for Doris Day, phrase the question Gordon MacRae. They did four films together and sang beautifully in all of them. Of course in this one Vincent Youmans gave them a great score, but Warner Brothers had a song catalog themselves and Gordon MacRae sings I Only Have Eyes for You and does it well. In fact in a lot of Doris Day's films, the Brothers Warner dusted off some of their old song hits.

Gene Nelson appeared in a few Warner Brothers musicals. A very talented dancer, he should have come along when musicals were at their height. He'd be better known today.

You can't go wrong with Tea for Two, the song or the film.


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