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Tea for Two


Tea for Two (1950) starring Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Gene Nelson, Eve Arden, Billy De Wolfe, S.Z “Cuddles” Sakall

Synopsis of Tea for Two

An aspiring actress takes a bet that she can answer “no” to every question for 24 hours. If she can, she’ll win the opportunity to finance and star in her own Broadway musical.  Based on the 1920’s stage play and film, “No, No, Nanette”.  The score features songs by George & Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Al Dubin and Harry Warren.

Doris Day is a sunny sensation in this flapper-era musical romp, with costars Gordon MacRae and Gene Nelson on hand to help provide songs, dance and romance. Skilled farceurs Eve Arden, Billy De Wolfe and S.Z “Cuddles” Sakall deliver lots of laughs. And the Gershwins, Vincent Youmans, Harry Warren and other Tin Pan Alley greats supply wonderful melodies, including the title tune, “Do, Do, Do,” “I Only Have Eyes for You,” “I Want to Be Happy” and lots more.

Songs in Tea for Two

  • Charleston – lyrics by Cecil Mack, music by James P. Johnson
  • I Know That You Know – lyrics by Anne Caldwell, music by Vincent Youman
  • Crazy Rhythm – lyrics by Irving Caesar, music by Joseph Meyer and Roger Wolfe Kahn
  • I Only Have Eyes for You, lyrics by Al Dubin, music by Harry Warren
  • Tea for Two – lyrics by Irving Caesar, music by Vincent Youmans
  • I Want to Be Happy – lyrics by Irving Caesar, music by Vincent Youmans
  • Do, Do, Do – lyrics by Ira Gershwin, music by George Gershwin
  • Oh Me! Oh My! – lyrics by Ira Gershwin, music by Vincent Youmans
  • No, No, Nanette – lyrics by Otto A. Harbach, music by Vincent Youmans
  • The Call of the Sea – music by Vincent Youmans, lyrics by Irving Caesar

Editorial review of Tea for Two courtesy of Amazon.com

Wealthy, stagestruck Nan Carter strikes a bet that she can say “no” to everything for 48 hours. If she wins, she gets the $25,000 to back a Broadway musical vehicle for herself. She’s determined, even if it means saying “no” when the fella she loves pops the question. Nan doesn’t know it yet, but her fortune has been wiped out in the Crash of ’29.


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