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Call Me Madam (1953)

Call Me Madam




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Ethel Merman reprised her role as a socialite turned diplomat in this screen adaptation of Irving Berlin's hit Broadway musical. Sally Adams (Merman) 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 United States Ambassador to Lichtenburg. Once she is installed in her new position, she falls in love with suave Foreign Minister Cosmo Constantine (George Sanders), while Princess Maria (Vera-Ellen) has her head turned by Sally's press attaché, Kenneth (Donand O'Connor). Call Me Madam is a showcase for Merman's roof-raising musical comedy style, and here she gets to sing a handful of Berlin tunes, including "You're Just In Love," "Can You Use Any Money Today?" and "Hostess With The Mostes' on the Ball." Vera-Ellen's singing was dubbed by Carol Richards.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Arthur Sheekman
On DVD: Apr 20, 2004
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Ethel Merman
as Sally Adams
Donald O'Connor
as Kenneth Gibson
as Princess Maria
George Sanders
as Cosmo Constantine
Billy De Wolfe
as Pemberton Maxwell
Helmut Dantine
as Prince Hugo
Walter Slezak
as Tantinnin
Steven Geray
as Sebastian
Ludwig Stossel
as Grand Duke
Lilia Skala
as Grand Duchess
Charles Dingle
as Sen. Brockway
Emory Parnell
as Sen. Gallagher
Percy Helton
as Sen. Wilkins
Oscar Beregi Jr.
as Chamberlain
Oscar Beregi
as Chamberlain
Nestor Paiva
as Miccoli
Sid Marion
as Proprietor
Torben Meyer
as Rudolph
Richard Garrick
as Supreme Court Justic...
Walter Woolf King
as Secretary of State
John Wengraf
as Ronchin
Fritz Feld
as Hat Clerk
Ernö Verebes
as Music Clerk
Hannelore Axman
as Switchboard Operator
Lal Chand Mehra
as Minister from Magrad...
Johnny Downs
as Cameraman
Charles Conrad
as Newspaper Reporter
Frank Gerstle
as Newspaper Reporter
Gene Roth
as Equerry
Donald Dillaway
as Newspaper Reporter
Allen Wood
as Cameraman
Oscar Beregi Sr.
as Chamberlain
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Critic Reviews for Call Me Madam

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

The great Ethel Merman recreated her Broadway role in this Irving Berlin musical, which won an Oscar for scoring.

Full Review… | July 13, 2010
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Isn't a whole lot more than a solid film version of Irving Berlin's Ethel Merman stage show. But it doesn't really need to be.

Full Review… | July 16, 2013
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

undiluted Merman at her "mostes."

Full Review… | August 30, 2008

Fine Merman musical which recreates her Broadway success.

June 7, 2007

Audience Reviews for Call Me Madam


Ethel's big show. A surprise to see George Sanders singing so well and Wera-Ellen is always a welcome addition to any film but this one goes on a little too long. Still big brassy entertainment, could it be anything else with the Merm front and center.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


It's ridiculous, but that's part of the fun. The musical numbers are great.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

A rare chance to Ethel Merman recreate one of her Broadway roles in a colorful, slightly stagy adaptation; musical highlights include "You're Not in Love" and "The Hostess with the Mostess."

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