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Call Me Madam (1953) was a Musical - Comedy Film directed by Walter Lang and produced by Sol C. Siegel.

Academy Awards 1953 --- Ceremony Number 26 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Costume DesignIrene SharaffNominated
Best Music - ScoringAlfred NewmanWon
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Call Me Madam (1953)

By Cameron on Apr 25, 2018 From The Blonde At The Film

via: https://cometoverhollywood.com/2014/03/24/musical-monday-call-me-madam-1953/ ?Unless otherwise noted, all images are my own. Buckle up for Call Me Madam (1953), an Irving Berlin musical starring the one and only Ethel Merman! Merman had recently wowed in another show by Berlin, Annie Get Your G... Read full article


Merman, O'Connor, Ellen, and Sanders stun in... Call Me Madam (1953)

By Michaela on Jun 1, 2016 From Love Letters to Old Hollywood

Call Me Madam is a film I can't believe isn't more well-known. Let me list some of its features: Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Vera-Ellen, gorgeous costumes, beautiful dancing, Irving Berlin tunes, and oh yeah, George Sanders singing and making me fall madly in love with him. Aren't you mad this fi... Read full article


Call Me Madam (1953)

By Beatrice on Oct 26, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Call Me Madam Directed by Walter Lang Written by Arthur Sheekman from the musical comedy by Russell Crouse and Howard Lindsay 1953/USA Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation First viewing/Netflix rental This movie gives viewers the unique opportunity to see Ethel Merman in a role she created on B... Read full article


Musical Monday: “Call Me Madam” (1953)

on Mar 24, 2014 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: ?Call Me Madam” –... Read full article


Overlooked Gems: Call Me Madam (1953)

By Lesley Coffin on Dec 4, 2013 From Pretty Clever Films

There are two types of people in this world – those who like musicals and those who do not. ?I?m happy to say, I LOVE MUSICALS.? I will forgive a lot of things in a musical that I won?t forgive in other movies and can happily sit down and rewatch a musical over and over again?as long as there ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Congressman: Sally, you wouldn't like me to make a little farewell speech tonight?
Sally Adams: That's right. I wouldn't!


Grand Duke: Tell me - How does this reception differ from your famous Washington parties?
Sally Adams: Well we have a good time!


Congressman: When will you arrive at your post?
Sally Adams: I'm not sure. Hey, boss, where the heck is Lichtenburg?


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Facts about

A lesser-known 'Irving Berlin (I)' ballad from his 1950 stage score went missing from the film: "Once Upon a Time Today," written for the Kenneth Gibson character and performed on Broadway by Russell Nype.
Due to the expiration of 20th Century Fox's music rights, the movie was completely withdrawn from public exhibition (both TV and theatrical) for nearly 20 years. During that time, its only public showing (with special permission from Irving Berlin) was at a 100 year tribute at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the 1990s. After the rights were renewed, the film was finally released on DVD in April 2004.
Instead of loaning out Ethel Merman to RCA Victor for the original-cast album of "Call Me Madam" (Dinah Shore replaced her), Decca made their own album with Merman, Dick Haymes and Eileen Wilson. On it, Merman sings the song "Washington Square Dance," which is heard in the movie only as background music in the opening party scene in Washington, D.C.
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