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Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Vera-Ellen, George Sanders. Merman revisits her Broadway role as a woman who suddenly becomes the American ambassador to a tiny European nation. Featuring musical numbers by Irving Berlin. Directed by Fran+§oise Romand. 1953/color/114 min/NR/fullscreen.
A great star and a great composer can make a Broadway musical into a smash, as Ethel Merman and Irving Berlin proved with Call Me Madam. Not a bad place to start with a movie, either, and the 1953 film of the show has both Merman and Berlin represented in brassy fashion. Granted, Merman's platinum-throated talents were best suited to the stage, and the production overall has that dutiful, stodgy tone of so many Fox musicals. Extra points for the suavity of George Sanders (he's Merman's love interest in tiny Lichtenburg, where the lady has been appointed U.S. ambassador), and for the dancing of Vera-Ellen and Donald O'Connor. A year after crashing through the wall in Singin' in the Rain, O'Connor has a similar solo athletic workout to "What Chance Have I with Love." High point: Merman and O'Connor trading verses on "You're Just in Love," the best tune in a bouncy score. --Robert Horton
Got this movie to see Vera-Ellen's performance as I had just tead her biography. I love old musicals, so I love this.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fell in love with this movie as a child and fell in love all over again as an adult. Classic beauty and romancePublished 5 months ago by Kay Giselle Hinkle
Love the addicting musical numbers, and the cast is really first-rate. Donald O'Connor, Vera-Ellen, the incomparable Ethel Merman, and sexy George Sanders revealing his magnificent... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marcy M.
The movie is worth five stars. The product was not suitable for this region (Australia). The format was NTSC and not PAL. I've already complained to Amazon. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ken R Young
You have Merman at her best, looking great in one of the few Broadway musicals that was transferred expertly to film. She looks great, she sings great, she delivers. Read morePublished 7 months ago by David Sale
Legendary singer/actress Ethel Merman and tunesmith Irving Berlin followed one Broadway smash musical (ANNIE GET YOUR GUN) with another, CALL ME MADAM, a 1950 topical satire... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Allen Smalling
Soooo adorable!!! Donald O'Connor is a poor boy helplessly in love with a princess! Great song and dance routines! Ethel Merman is a U.S. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kerri Brown