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Say One for Me
     

Say One for Me

Director: Frank Tashlin, Bing Crosby, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner

Cast: Frank Tashlin, Bing Crosby, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner

 
This musical comedy takes an off-beat religious turn as it tells the tale of a show-biz priest (Bing Crosby) who runs a Broadway theater for spiritually kindred show-folk. His problems begins when a vivacious but troubled chorine (Debbie Reynolds) shows up with a sad story about her ailing father, a friend of the priest, needing an operation. Touched and eager to help

Overview

This musical comedy takes an off-beat religious turn as it tells the tale of a show-biz priest (Bing Crosby) who runs a Broadway theater for spiritually kindred show-folk. His problems begins when a vivacious but troubled chorine (Debbie Reynolds) shows up with a sad story about her ailing father, a friend of the priest, needing an operation. Touched and eager to help her find work and earn the money to help her daddy. Unfortunately, she ends up performing in a sleazy dive owned by an oily wolf (Robert Wagner) who decides to prey upon the innocent gal. The protective priest tries to dissuade him, but its to no avail, the club owner wants to marry her. Meanwhile, the priest busily prepares to produce a charity television show in conjunction with other priests. It is upon this show that the real romantic and comical chaos occurs. Songs include: "The Girl Most Likely to Succeed," "The Secret of Christmas," and "The Night Rock 'n' Roll Died."

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
What can one say about Say One for Me, except that one would like to say a prayer for all those caught up in it. Say seems to have been put together by a couple of people who say Guys and Dolls and figured making a movie mixing Broadway and shady types was the surefire road to success. Unfortunately, the powers that be didn't get talents the caliber of Guys and Dolls' Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows to work on it, and the result is a gloppily sentimental mess of a movie that is both boring and painful. Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen's score ranges from the uninspired to the dreadful, with a stop or two along the way at achingly irritating. Robert O'Brien's script is one cliché after another, and filled with Damon Runyon knock-offs that lack the charm, personality and wit of the original. Frank Tashlin's direction is aimless, and though it's occasionally energetic, it's still empty. Under the circumstances, there's not much the cast can do, especially Bing Crosby, who has gone this way too many times before. At least he and Debbie Reynolds are able to make some of the musical numbers come to some semblance of life and to make them sound better than they are. And the whole cast, which includes troupers like Ray Walston and Connie Gilchrist, puts out a big effort. It's a shame the film isn't worthy of them.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2013
UPC:
0024543874348
Original Release:
1959
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
3,403

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Father Conroy
Debbie Reynolds Holly LeMaise
Robert Wagner Tony Vincent
Ray Walston Phil Stanley
Les Tremayne Harry LaMaise
Connie Gilchrist Mary Manning
Frank McHugh Jim Dugan
Joe Besser Joe Greb
Alena Murray Sunny
Stella Stevens Chorine
Nina Shipman Ray Flagg
Sebastian Cabot Monsignor
Judy Harriet June January
Dick Whittinghill Lou Christy
Robert Montgomery Hotel Clerk
Murray Alper Otto
Richard Collier Capt. Bradford
David Leonard Rabbi Berman
Thomas Brown Henry Dr. Leventhal
Wilkie de Martel Rev. Kendall
Alexander Campbell Pastor Johnson
Bruce McFarlane Detective Minelli

Technical Credits
Frank Tashlin Director,Producer
Eli Benneche Set Decoration/Design
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Hugh S. Fowler Editor
Leland Fuller Art Director
Lionel Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert O'Brien Screenwriter
Adele Palmer Costumes/Costume Designer
Alex Romero Choreography
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Leo Tover Cinematographer
James VanHeusen Songwriter
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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