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Call Me Mister (1951)

Approved | | Musical | 8 April 1951 (UK)
A G.I. in occupied Japan tries to re-woo his old love, who's putting on a show for the troops.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Betty Grable ... Kay Hudson
Dan Dailey ... Shep Dooley
Danny Thomas ... Stanley
Dale Robertson ... Capt.Johnny Comstock
Benay Venuta ... Billie Barton
Richard Boone ... Mess Sergeant
Jeffrey Hunter ... The Kid
Frank Fontaine Frank Fontaine ... Sergeant
The Three Dunhills The Three Dunhills ... Themselves (as The Dunhills)
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Storyline

G.I. Sergeant Shep Dooley, former stage star awaiting discharge in postwar Tokyo, meets his estranged love Kay when she arrives to entertain the troops. Shep, who hasn't exactly lost his former irresponsibility, does his best to court Kay anew...but she has no lack of other admirers as she labors to put on a soldier show. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1951 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Butterfly americana See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,900,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,697,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In this musical, director Lloyd Bacon and dance director Busby Berkeley worked together for the first time since 42nd Street (1933). See more »

Goofs

Shep Dooley hops a ride on a rickshaw to reach his military base and passes a stonewall flower garden. Several hours and a very tired rickshaw runner later, he reaches his destination, and we pass the very same flower garden. See more »

Soundtracks

JAPANESE GIRL LIKE 'MERICAN BOY
(uncredited)
Written by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung and danced by Betty Grable and chorus
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Pleasant, easy going musical.
26 March 2001 | by dmatthews03See all my reviews

This was just about the last of the "putting on a show" musicals and even in 1951 it probably had rather an old fashioned look about it. It's nothing special, the music and sets are rather uninspired and the humor is dated but Betty Grable and Dan Dailey make a pleasant couple. Apparently they liked working together and it comes across in their dance numbers.

Highlights are Grable and Dailey's love duet and Bobby Short in the "Going Home Train" number.

Nice, nostalgic way to spend 90 minutes and the Grable legs have lost none of their lustre.


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