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
I came across this thrilling 1953 Fox musical last night by accident and I was immediately hooked. Actually, it became an instant favorite. "Call Me Madam" is loud, sumptuous, indescribably glorious screen version of Irving Berlin's stage musical, directed with luminous extravagance by Walter Lang. The Technicolor is breathtaking! Ethel Merman as the eccentric socialite turned US diplomat to Lichtenburg, is sometimes hard to take. Her romance with the heavily accented Foreign Minister named Cosmo, played by George Sanders, is slightly forced.
Still, the highlights are the captivating Berlin songs - "Hostess With The Mostes", "You're Just In Love", "Something to Dance About", "It's a Lovely Day Today" - not to mention the glorious dancing by the young couple in love, Donald O'Connor and Vera-Ellen. They were a joy to watch.
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