Call Me Mister

Overview

The original Broadway musical Call Me Mister was a plotless revue. By the time the property made it to the screen, however, a storyline was grafted on and much of the revue's funnier and dirtier material was weeded out. Betty Grable stars as an American USO entertainer Kay Hudson, touring the bases in postwar Japan. Somewhere along the way she crosses the path of former husband Shep Dooley Dan Dailey. Despite the presence of ardent suitor Capt. Johnny Comstock Dale Robertson, Dooley begins a campaign to win his ...
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Overview

The original Broadway musical Call Me Mister was a plotless revue. By the time the property made it to the screen, however, a storyline was grafted on and much of the revue's funnier and dirtier material was weeded out. Betty Grable stars as an American USO entertainer Kay Hudson, touring the bases in postwar Japan. Somewhere along the way she crosses the path of former husband Shep Dooley Dan Dailey. Despite the presence of ardent suitor Capt. Johnny Comstock Dale Robertson, Dooley begins a campaign to win his wife back. They are reconciled during a climactic stage show, which affords ample opportunity for both Grable and Dailey to demonstrate their terpsichorean skills Busby Berkeley handled the choreography. Cast as a GI who hates the army, Danny Thomas a holdover from the Broadway production does a truncated version of his own nightclub act. Specialty numbers are provided by the Dunhill dance team, and by an unbilled Bobby Short.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
In 1951, the title "Call Me Mister" still retained some drawing power for audiences, recalling not only the hit 1946 Broadway revue that was the alleged basis for this film but also the cry of many soldiers finally discharged from service, who came rushing back home ready to embrace civilian life. Unfortunately, the film Mister captures little of the joy and verve of the stage show, dispensing with most of the strong Harold Rome songs and forcing a tired and unconvincing plot onto the proceedings. Albert E. Lewin's screenplay is trite all around, from the story to the dialogue to the lame attempts at comedy. The songs are definitely better, although they're a mixed lot, the best being the three Rome numbers (especially "Goin' Home Train," performed by a very young Bobby Short) and Sammy Fain's "Love Is Back in Business" and "I Just Can't Do Enough for You, Baby." Although not at the peak of his form, Busby Berkeley stages the numbers well, and certainly adds a lot more imagination to the proceedings than director Lloyd Bacon, who seems to be operating on autopilot. Fortunately, stars Betty Grable and Dan Dailey are delightful company throughout, and there's some fine work from Danny Thomas and Benay Venuta to keep things moving.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2013
  • UPC: 024543878179
  • Original Release: 1951
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  • Source: Fox Mod
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,864

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Betty Grable Kay Hudson
Dan Dailey Shep Dooley
Danny Thomas Stanley
Dale Robertson Capt. Johnny Comstock
Richard Boone Mess Sergeant
Benay Venuta Billie Barton
Jeffrey Hunter The Kid
Frank Fontaine Sergeant
Harry Von Zell Gen. Steele
Dave Willock Jones
Robert Ellis Ackerman
Jerry Paris Brown
Lou Spencer Dance Team Member
Art Stanley Dance Team Member
Bob Roberts Singer
Tommy Bond Little soldier
Frank Clark Big soldier
Bobby Short Specialty singer
Fred Libby General's aide
Ken Christy Chief of Staff
Russ Conway Maj. McCall
Robert Scott Aide to Chief of Staff
Dabbs Greer Aide to Colonel
Mack Williams Col. Edwards
Steve Clark Lieutenant
Robert Easton Tennessee
Robert Rockwell First Sergeant
Paul Burke Soldier
Jack Kelly Soldier
Malia Kimona Sales Girl
John McGuire
John R. McKee Army clerk
Technical Credits
Lloyd Bacon Director
Arthur E. Arling Cinematographer
Frances Ash Songwriter
Busby Berkeley Choreography
Earl K. Brent Songwriter
Sammy Fain Songwriter
Mack Gordon Songwriter
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Fred Kohlmar Producer
Albert E. Lewin Screenwriter
Louis Loeffler Editor
Alfred Newman Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Rome Songwriter
Jerry Seelin Songwriter
Burt Styler Screenwriter
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