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 by Lloyd Bacon
Written by Harold Rome & Arnold M. Auerbach (musical)
Albert E. Lewin & Burt Styler
Starring Betty Grable
Dan Dailey
Distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox
Release dates
February 1951 (USA)
Running time
96 minutes
Language English
Box office $2,175,000 (US rentals)[1]

Call Me Mister is a 1951 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.[2]

Background[edit]

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.

Plot[edit]

After the end of World War II American soldiers in occupied Japan are entertained with a show put on by one of their own sergeants and his former wife who is an entertainer.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Call Me Mister
Written by Harold Rome
Performed by chorus during credits
Reprised by Betty Grable and Dan Dailey

Japanese Girl Like 'Merican Boy
Written by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung and danced by Betty Grable and chorus

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[edit]

  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1951', Variety, January 2, 1952
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/call-me-mister-mw0001002059

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