Say One for Me

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Say One For Me
Say One for Me.jpg
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Produced by Frank Tashlin
Written by Robert O'Brien
Starring Bing Crosby
Debbie Reynolds
Robert Wagner
Music by Alexander Courage
Earle Hagen
Leigh Harline
Arthur Morton
Lionel Newman
Cinematography Leo Tover
Edited by Hugh S. Fowler
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Release dates
October 11, 1959
Running time
120 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,990,000[1]
Box office $3.9 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[2]

Say One For Me (1959) is a musical film directed by Frank Tashlin and starring Bing Crosby and Debbie Reynolds.[3] Years later, Say One for Me was included as one of the choices in the book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time. Actress Stella Stevens made her film debut in Say One for Me and received the Golden Globe Award in 1960 for New Star of the Year-Actress for this film.


In the middle of New York's theater district sits Father Conroy's parish, where entertainers often attend his services. His parishioners include Holly LeMaise, whose dad Harry was an old vaudevillian.

Holly takes a job as a showgirl in a nightclub to pay the medical bills when her father falls ill. The featured entertainer at the club is Tony Vincent, a playboy whose romantic advances Holly wards off. But soon she develops feelings for him.

Father Conroy befriends the former songwriter Phil Stanley, whose alcoholism and hard times have left him playing piano in Tony's act. The priest annoys Tony by seemingly interfering with Holly's personal life and now Phil's as well. Tony lands a job at a Miami hotel and tries to manipulate Holly into going along.

As a charity event, Father Conroy organizes a big show that will be on nationwide TV. Tony, having lost the Miami job, desperately wants to perform on it. To prove his true intent to Holly, the priest offers to book Tony on television provided he tells Holly their relationship is over. Holly is shocked when he accepts.

When it's his turn to sing, Tony's guilty conscience gives him a change of heart. He gives up his time on the TV show to Phil, who has written a new song. Father Conroy is pleased, and soon finds himself officiating at Holly's and Tony's wedding.


Musical Numbers[edit]

  • "Say One for Me" - Sung by Bing Crosby and Debbie Reynolds
  • "You Can't Love Them All" - Sung by Debbie Reynolds and Robert Wagner
  • "You Can't Love Them All" (reprise 1) - Danced by Robert Wagner and Chorus Girls
  • "The Girl Most Likely To Succeed" - Sung and Danced by Debbie Reynolds and Robert Wagner
  • "You Can't Love Them All" (reprise 2) - Performed by Orchestra and Chorus
  • "I Couldn't Care Less" - Sung by Bing Crosby
  • "Cha Cha Choo Choo" - Sung and Danced by Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner and Chorus Girls
  • "The Night That Rock And Roll Died" - Danced by Robert Wagner
  • "The Secret of Christmas" - Played on a piano and Sung by Ray Walston
  • "Say One for Me" (reprise) - Sung by Bing Crosby
  • "The Night That Rock And Roll Died" - Sung by Judy Harriet (dubbed by Rosemary June) (In an interview at Disney's D23 Expo 2015 on August 16, 2015, performer Judy Harriet confirmed that her voice was not dubbed in the song; but that it was her own performance that appears on screen)
  • "The Secret of Christmas" (reprise) - Sung by Bing Crosby, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner and Chorus.

Premiere performances[edit]

On June 18, 1959, Say One for Me had its premiere at Buffalo, New York. The event formed part of fund raising activities for Buffalo Boy’s Town run by Father Kelliher. There was also a gala benefit premier at the Pantages Theatre (Hollywood) on Hollywood Boulevard on the same day with the proceeds going to the Daniel Freeman Hospital, Inglewood and the Jesuit Scholasticata. In addition on June 20, the Fox Theater in El Centro, Southern California, showed the film and personal appearances were made by Bing Crosby, Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood, and Ricardo Montalban. This was part of a benefit for Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and parish in El Centro, organized by Father Victor Salandini, and $7000 was raised. On June 28, 1959, a 30th anniversary celebration took place at the Fox Theater in San Francisco (opened June 28, 1929) with a special advance screening of Say One for Me.


  1. ^ Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p252
  2. ^ "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34
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