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Call Me Mister (film)

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Call Me Mister
CallMeMister.jpg
Betty Grable and Dan Dailey on a Call Me Mister lobby card.
Directed byLloyd Bacon
Written byAlbert E. Lewin
Burt Styler
Based onCall Me Mister
1946 musical
by Harold Rome
Arnold M. Auerbach
Produced byFred Kohlmar
StarringBetty Grable
Dan Dailey
CinematographyArthur E. Arling
Edited byLouis R. Loeffler
Music byLeigh Harline
Distributed byTwentieth Century-Fox
Release date
  • January 31, 1951 (1951-01-31) (New York City)
Running time
96 minutes
LanguageEnglish
Box office$2,175,000 (US rentals)[1][2]

Call Me Mister is a 1951 American Technicolor musical film released by Twentieth Century-Fox. The feature was directed by Lloyd Bacon and re-written from the 1946 Broadway play version by Albert E. Lewin and Burt Styler with music by Harold Rome that featured cast members from the US armed forces.

Call Me Mister was filmed in Technicolor, and starred Betty Grable and Dan Dailey and co-starred Danny Thomas with supporting players Dale Robertson, Benay Venuta, and Richard Boone. Only a couple Harold Rome numbers were kept in the film.[3]

Background

The film was a film version of the Broadway version of Call Me Mister, but was also changed to be a remake of Betty Grable's 1941 film A Yank in the RAF. It was one of Grable's final "successful" films as her box-office power was beginning to diminish. This was also Grable's final film with Dan Dailey, with whom she co-starred in several of her previous films. Call Me Mister was a "moderate success" at the box-office.

The finale is a production number of "Love Is Back in Business" staged by Busby Berkeley, ending with four leading players on a precarious, high-rising disc surrounded by water fountains. Benay Venuta is replaced by a lookalike in the same clothes for this. Asked in the 1970s about it, she explained, "Betty Grable said, ‘I’m the star. I gotta do it.’ Dan Dailey was so drunk he didn’t care what he was doing. Danny Thomas said, ‘I’m on the way up. I gotta do it.’ Well, I didn’t gotta do it."

Plot

After the end of World War II American soldiers in occupied Japan are entertained with a show put on by one of their own Sergeant Shep Dooley (Dan Dailey) and his former wife who is an entertainer Kay Hudson (Betty Grable).

Cast

Soundtrack

  • Call Me Mister
    • Written by Harold Rome
    • Performed by chorus during credits
    • Reprised by Betty Grable and Dan Dailey
  • Japanese Girl Like 'Merican Boy
  • I'm Gonna Love That Guy Like He's Never Been Loved Before
    • Written by Frances Ash
    • Performed by Betty Grable and male chorus
  • Lament to the Pots and Pans
    • Written by Earl K. Brent
    • Lyrics by Jerry Seelen
    • Performed by Danny Thomas
  • Goin' Home Train
    • Written by Harold Rome
    • Performed by Bobby Short and male chorus
  • I Just Can't Do Enough for You, Baby
    • Written by Sammy Fain
    • Lyrics by Mack Gordon
    • Performed by Betty Grable and Dan Dailey
  • Military Life
    • Written by Harold Rome
    • Revised lyrics by Jerry Seelen
    • Performed by Danny Thomas
  • Love is Back in Business
    • Written by Sammy Fain
    • Lyrics by Mack Gordon
    • Performed by Betty Grable, Dan Dailey, Benay Venuta, and Danny Thomas

References

  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1951', Variety, January 2, 1952
  2. ^ Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century-Fox: A Corporate and Financial History Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 p 223
  3. ^ "Call Me Mister - Original Broadway Cast | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic".

External links

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