Call Me Madam (1953) - Rotten Tomatoes

Call Me Madam (1953)




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Ethel Merman reprised her role as a socialite turned diplomat in this screen adaptation of Irving Berlin's hit Broadway musical. Sally Adams (Merman) has made it her business to know everyone worth knowing in Washington D.C., and her penchant for parties pays off when she's appointed United States Ambassador to Lichtenburg. Once she is installed in her new position, she falls in love with suave Foreign Minister Cosmo Constantine (George Sanders), while Princess Maria (Vera-Ellen) has her head turned by Sally's press attaché, Kenneth (Donand O'Connor). Call Me Madam is a showcase for Merman's roof-raising musical comedy style, and here she gets to sing a handful of Berlin tunes, including "You're Just In Love," "Can You Use Any Money Today?" and "Hostess With The Mostes' on the Ball." Vera-Ellen's singing was dubbed by Carol Richards.


Ethel Merman
as Sally Adams
Donald O'Connor
as Kenneth Gibson
as Princess Maria
George Sanders
as Cosmo Constantine
Billy De Wolfe
as Pemberton Maxwell
Helmut Dantine
as Prince Hugo
Walter Slezak
as Tantinnin
Steven Geray
as Sebastian
Ludwig Stossel
as Grand Duke
Lilia Skala
as Grand Duchess
Charles Dingle
as Sen. Brockway
Emory Parnell
as Sen. Gallagher
Percy Helton
as Sen. Wilkins
Oscar Beregi
as Chamberlain
Oscar Beregi Jr.
as Chamberlain
Nestor Paiva
as Miccoli
Sid Marion
as Proprietor
Torben Meyer
as Rudolph
Richard Garrick
as Supreme Court Justice
Walter Woolf King
as Secretary of State
John Wengraf
as Ronchin
Fritz Feld
as Hat Clerk
Ernö Verebes
as Music Clerk
Hannelore Axman
as Switchboard Operator
Lal Chand Mehra
as Minister from Magrador
Johnny Downs
as Cameraman
Charles Conrad
as Newspaper Reporter
Frank Gerstle
as Newspaper Reporter
Gene Roth
as Equerry
Donald Dillaway
as Newspaper Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Call Me Madam

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The great Ethel Merman recreated her Broadway role in this Irving Berlin musical, which won an Oscar for scoring.

July 13, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Isn't a whole lot more than a solid film version of Irving Berlin's Ethel Merman stage show. But it doesn't really need to be.

July 16, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

undiluted Merman at her "mostes."

August 30, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Fine Merman musical which recreates her Broadway success.

June 7, 2007 | Rating: 5/5

There are only three reasons to see this one, a rare Ethel Merman starring role, song and dance numbers by film legend Donald O'Connor and politically savvy dialogue.

July 12, 2005 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Call Me Madam


It's ridiculous, but that's part of the fun. The musical numbers are great.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer


Ethel's big show. A surprise to see George Sanders singing so well and Wera-Ellen is always a welcome addition to any film but this one goes on a little too long. Still big brassy entertainment, could it be anything else with the Merm front and center.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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