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Meet Me After the Show (1951)

Delilah Lee is the star of husband Jeff Ames' Broadway show when she starts to suspect he has been exchanging more than contracts with the show's vampish backer. Alimony and amnesia become the order of the day.

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Richard Sale

Writers:

Richard Sale (screenplay), Mary Loos (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Betty Grable ... Delilah Lee
Macdonald Carey ... Jeff Ames
Rory Calhoun ... David Hemingway
Eddie Albert ... Chris Leeds
Fred Clark ... Timothy 'Tim' Wayne
Lois Andrews ... Gloria Carstairs
Irene Ryan ... Tillie, Delilah's Maid
Steve Condos Steve Condos ... Specialty Dancer
Jerry Brandow Jerry Brandow ... Specialty Dancer
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Delilah Lee is the sar of husband Jeff Ames' Broadway show when she starts to suspect he has been exchanging more than contracts with the show's vampish backer. Alimony and amnesia become the order of the day. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Genres:

Comedy | Music | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1951 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Ao Cair do Pano See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,825,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,606,000
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Betty Grable, Rory Calhoun, and Fred Clark also shared screen time in How To Marry A Millionaire. See more »

Quotes

Delilah Lee: Take your fingers out of your mouth, buster, and speak up. I wouldn't bite you... even if you appealed to me.
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Connections

Remake of He Married His Wife (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

IT'S A HOT NIGHT IN ALASKA
Written by Jule Styne, lyrics Leo Robin
Sung and danced by Betty Grable with chorus
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Kind of Forgettable
11 May 2006 | by timothymcclenaghanSee all my reviews

This 1951 film is another backstage musical, a typical format for Betty Grable. Unfortunately, this musical suffers from a mediocre score. Even though the composers were the well-known Jule Styne and Leo Robin, none of the songs in this film come anywhere close to the quality of their other compositions (e.g. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes).

In part of the first production number, Grable does a very good, skillful tap dance joined by two male dancers. This was the time when tap dancing was giving way to jazz as the predominant style of dance in film, brought on by Jack Cole and Bob Fosse. While Grable was certainly technically proficient enough for that style in the other production numbers, in my opinion, it just doesn't seem to suit her persona.

What is choreographer Jack Cole's production number, "No Talent Joe", all about? With a chorus of muscle men attired in classical Greek costumes and tan makeup suggesting statuary, and herself wearing a beachcomber outfit, Grable sings a Latin/Calypso song. What a mishmash!

I suggest this might have been a homo-erotic fantasy interjected by choreographer Cole. He did a similar thing when choreographing 1953's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", with Jane Russell surrounded by gyrating nearly naked athletes.

Two other interesting points of trivia. The Miami film sequence is footage lifted directly from Grable's 1941 film, "Moon Over Miami". Also, take a good look at the set, props and the women's costumes in the last production number of the film. You will see very similar in 1953's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" in the "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" production number. This probably due to the fact that Charles Le Maire and Travilla did costumes for both films, while Cole did the choreography for both.

While most musicals are excusably weak in the plot department, the plot is this film is downright dumb. Viewing this film would be enjoyable only for the die-hard Betty Grable fan. It's been resurrected recently on the Fox Movie Channel. Record it and skip everything but the musical numbers.


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