Call Me Madam

Call Me Madam

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Sally Adams has made it her business to know everyone worth knowing in Washington, D.C., and her penchant for parties pays off when she's appointed U.S. Ambassador to Lichtenburg. Once she is installed in her new position, shes falls in love with the sauve Foreign Minister Cosmo Constantine, while Princess Maria has her head turned by Sally's press attaché, Kenneth.


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Sep 23, 2016

Call Me Madam is a 1953 romantic comedy film starring Donald O'Conner, Vera Ellen, Ethel Merman and George Sanders. The story revolves around an American ambassador, Sally Adams and her associate (played by Donald O'Conner) as they travel to the small country of Lichtenberg and find love along the way. The film is charming with Ethel Merman providing the comedy and Vera Ellen and Donald O'Conner's dancing skills is the cherry on top. The acting is well done, the story is romantic and full of laughs, the musical numbers by Irving Berlin and the dance routines are an artistic masterpiece of a golden era long gone. It is a simple, underrated film that I enjoyed thoroughly from beginning to end. However, if you are hoping for a political royal film, you will be disappointed. "Romantic comedy" sums this movie up beautifully. I will give it a nine out of ten." - @papertiger of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 11, 2016

Sadly, Ethel Merman never got to perform her greatest stage roles onscreen, but thankfully, no one else could have done Call Me Madam but Merman. While its not an ideal transfer from stage to screen, it is quite good and she, of course, is the whole show. Had they used her in Annie Get Your Gun and Gypsy, we'd have had several more great movie musicals, but we've got this and that's fine!

Mar 22, 2016

GREAT 1953 Irving Berlin movie starring 45 year old Ethel Merman - and 28 year old Donald O'Connor, also the beautiful Vera-Ellen and George Sanders.
Lots of terrific staged dances, songs, and more. My favorites were the Vera-Ellen and Donald dance at the outdoor fountain (seems like I've seen that same fountain stage in several movies), Vera-Ellen's solo dance at village fair, and duet dance at the end.
Musically interesting how Ethel and Donald sing two duets which have different individual song lead lines over the same chord progression.
Lots of interesting costumes/dresses for older Ms. Merman.

I have never seen an Ethel Merman movie before and thoroughly enjoyed this one. The story line was a little goofy but her voice was amazing!


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