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Call Me Madam (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | April 1953 (USA)
Washington hostess Sally Adams becomes a Truman-era US ambassador to a European grand duchy.

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

Russel Crouse (musical "Call Me Madam"), Howard Lindsay (musical "Call Me Madam") | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

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 L. Hamre

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Trivia

The stage production of "Call Me Madam" opened at the Imperial Theater in New York on October 12, 1950 starring Ethel Merman and ran for 644 performances. See more »

Quotes

Prince Hugo: You seemed to be discussing something fascinating.
Kenneth Gibson: No just insomnia... we both seem to have it.
Prince Hugo: I wondered what you two had in common.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, as each word in the title appears onscreen, we hear, but do not see, Ethel Merman exclaiming, in a demanding tone of voice: "Call..me..madam!" See more »


Soundtracks

Can You Use Any Money Today
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Ethel Merman
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Glorious
31 October 2003 | by KalamanSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Irving Berlin's Call Me Madam See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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