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Call Me Mister (1951)

Approved | | Musical | 8 April 1951 (UK)
A G.I. in occupied Japan tries to re-woo his old love, who's putting on a show for the troops.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Betty Grable ... Kay Hudson
Dan Dailey ... Shep Dooley
Danny Thomas ... Stanley
Dale Robertson ... Capt.Johnny Comstock
Benay Venuta ... Billie Barton
Richard Boone ... Mess Sergeant
Jeffrey Hunter ... The Kid
Frank Fontaine Frank Fontaine ... Sergeant
The Three Dunhills The Three Dunhills ... Themselves (as The Dunhills)
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Storyline

G.I. Sergeant Shep Dooley, former stage star awaiting discharge in postwar Tokyo, meets his estranged love Kay when she arrives to entertain the troops. Shep, who hasn't exactly lost his former irresponsibility, does his best to court Kay anew...but she has no lack of other admirers as she labors to put on a soldier show. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1951 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Butterfly americana See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,900,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,697,000
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In this musical, director Lloyd Bacon and dance director Busby Berkeley worked together for the first time since 42nd Street (1933). See more »

Goofs

Shep Dooley hops a ride on a rickshaw to reach his military base and passes a stonewall flower garden. Several hours and a very tired rickshaw runner later, he reaches his destination, and we pass the very same flower garden. See more »

Soundtracks

GOIN' HOME TRAIN
(uncredited)
Written by Harold Rome
Performed by Bobby Short and male chorus
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GIs Wanna Go Home
1 June 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

There was not much you could do with Call Me Mister after 20th Century Fox bought the rights. Unless of course you wanted to do a review like Ziegfeld Follies. So the title is retained and a few songs and a story is written. Of course when you have Betty Grable doing her fourth and last film with Dan Dailey that usually sold any film that Fox put out.

Harold Rome wrote the score for the Broadway revue Call Me Mister. The theme was about the end of World War II and the return to civilian life for the troops. The songs and sketches reflected that. The very topicality of the show is the reason it's not revived today. The plot here concerns the end of the war. Betty Grable is a WAC and her estranged husband are both in occupied Japan. They were a double act in vaudeville, she's looking to put on a GI show. He's looking to get the title of civilian again.

But Dailey who arrives at base a little late finds his ship has sailed for the USA and discharge. So he fakes some orders and gets himself assigned to Grable's show. Where he has to deal with Captain Dale Robertson to win back his wife.

Let's say it helps that Dailey sings and dances in his quest. And through some typical army red tape his potential jackpot disappears.

Danny Thomas is in the cast also and he gets one of the Rome retained songs Military Life. Bobby Short also is lead singer with Going Home Train also retained from the original.

I can't understand myself why the biggest hit of the show South America Take It Away didn't make the film. It sold a lot of records for Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters. As the film itself was about putting on a show it could have been worked in easily enough. It's heard in passing briefly.

One song I always liked was The Shiny New Face On The Dime in tribute to Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1946 with FDR's death still fresh it was a poignant show stopper. I guess that Darryl Zanuck felt it wouldn't have the same impact in 1951. A pity, it's a great song.

In small roles at the start of their careers are Richard Boone and Jeffrey Hunter both Fox contract players. Benay Venuta is Grable's girl sidekick and she and Thomas pair off well.

For fans of any of the cast members in this still amusing and entertaining musical.


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