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Call Me Madam (1953, Ethel Merman, Donald O’Connor)



Walter Lang’s lively musical, scored by Irving Berlin, stars Ethel Merman as Sally Adams, a wealthy Washington hostess appointed as American ambassador to the European duchy of Lichtenberg. She finds the tiny state’s government corrupt but falls in love with the handsome foreign minister, Cosmo Constantine (George Sanders), the only man who seems to be fighting for his country.

Meanwhile, Princess Maria (Vera-Ellen) wants to throw over her commitment to marrying a prince in favour of the Ambassador’s young American attache Kenneth (Donald O’Connor). Will diplomacy or love overcome all?

production details
USA | 114 minutes | 1953

Director: Walter Lang

Donald O’Connor as Kenneth Gibson
Percy Helton as Sen. Wilkins
George Sanders as General Cosmo Constantine
Ludwig Stössel as Grand Duke Otto
Emory Parnell as Sen. Charlie Gallagher
Helmut Dantine as Prince Hugo
Walter Slezak as August Tantinnin
Ethel Merman as Sally Adams
Vera-Ellen as Princess Maria
Billy De Wolfe as Pemberton Maxwell
Steven Geray as Prime Minister Sebastian
Lilia Skala as Grand Duchess Sophie
Charles Dingle as Sen. Brockway
Bess Flowers as Lady Seated Behind Duchess
Oskar Beregi as Chamberlain