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List of Ethel Merman Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Airplane! (1980)
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Airplane!
PG
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Ex-fighter pilot Ted Striker with a drinking problem is dumped by his stewardess girlfriend Elaine. He buys a ticket on her flight to win her back. Unfortunately, the entire crew and passengers are incapacitated by food poisoning. Ted, along with Elaine and the autopilot, an inflatable doll named Otto must find a way to land the plane safely. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Genres:
Comedy
2. Kid Millions (1934)
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Kid Millions
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2

A poor Brooklyn boy inherits $77 million from his biological father; but to get it he must travel to Egypt. Traveling in the same ship is his father’s common-law wife and her rogue boyfriend, intending to lay claim on the booty and so is his sponsor, who is also expecting a share.  Then there is a local sheikh who is unwilling to give up the money. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Dot Clark
Director:
Roy Del Ruth, Willy Pogany
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Lucille Ball, Paulette Goddard, Ann Sothern, Eddie Cantor, Warren Hymer
3. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
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It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
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2

This action adventure comedy film revolves around a group of greedy people who hear about a hidden stash of loot. Soon they embark on an adventurous journey through the countryside in search of the buried treasure. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Marcus
Director:
Stanley Kramer
Genres:
Adventure, Action, Comedy, Crime
4. Strike Me Pink (1936)
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Strike Me Pink
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2

Strike me Pink is a comedy musical film, which tells the story of a shy and meek man named Eddie Pink, who becomes manager of an amusement park which is filled with mobsters.

As:
Cast
Role:
Joyce Lennox
Director:
Norman Taurog
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
William Frawley, Eddie Cantor, Sally Eilers, Harry Parke
5. Call Me Madam (1953)
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Call Me Madam
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2

Sally Adams is appointed as US Ambassador in Lichtenburg. However, she eventually seems to forget her political obligations and starts focusing on her romance with Cosmo Constantine, the country’s foreign minister.

As:
Cast
Role:
Sally Adams
Director:
Walter Lang
Genres:
Comedy, Musical, Romance
Star Cast:
George Chakiris, George Sanders, Donald O'Connor, Billy De Wolfe, Vera-Ellen
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Comedy or Musical
6. Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)
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Alexander's Ragtime Band
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jerry Allen
Director:
Henry King
Genres:
Drama, Musical, Romance
Star Cast:
Don Ameche, John Carradine, Jack Haley, Alice Faye
7. Happy Landing (1938)
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Happy Landing
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2

Happy Landing is a musical comedy film which tells the story of a bandleader named Duke Sargent, who sets off to pilot a plane to Paris, as a publicity stunt, along with Jimmy Hall, his manager. However, due to bad weather conditions, they are forced to land near a small village in Norway, where a woman named Trudy starts developing feelings for Duke, and thinks of him as a possible husband. After Duke leaves, she follows him all the way to the US.

As:
Cast
Role:
Flo Kelly
Director:
Roy Del Ruth
Genres:
Comedy, Musical, Sport
Star Cast:
Don Ameche, Jean Hersholt, Cesar Romero, Sonja Henie
8. Old Man Blues (1931)
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2
Old Man Blues
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Helen
Director:
Aubrey Scotto
Genres:
Musical, Short
Star Cast:
Hal Forde, Hal Young
9. Anything Goes (1936)
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Anything Goes
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Smitten by beautiful blonde Hope Harcourt, singer-stockbroker Billy Crockett follows her when he sees her being forced on an ocean liner. Believing that she is being kidnapped, he decides to rescue her; however, soon realizes that she is a runaway English heiress being returned home. But when Billy finds that his boss is also on board, he poses as a gangster’s accomplice.

As:
Cast
Role:
Reno Sweeney
Director:
Lewis Milestone
Genres:
Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jane Wyman, Bing Crosby, John Carradine, Ida Lupino, Charles Ruggles, Grace Bradley
11. There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
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There's No Business Like Show Business
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Molly Donahue
Director:
Walter Lang
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama, Musical
Star Cast:
Mitzi Gaynor, Marilyn Monroe, George Chakiris, Dan Dailey, Donald O'Connor, Johnnie Ray
12. The Art of Love (1965)
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The Art of Love
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Struggling American artist Paul Sloane tries unsuccessfully to earn money in Paris, but wishes to return home and marry fiancée Laurie. Hatching a plan with his friend Casey, he fakes his death to boost the worth of his paintings, which leads to Casey amassing wealth. Not only that, when Laurie comes to Paris, Casey starts courting her thus infuriating Paul into taking revenge.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Madame Coco La Fontaine
Director:
Norman Jewison
Genres:
Comedy
13. We're Not Dressing (1934)
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We're Not Dressing
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2

Wealthy and spoiled socialite Doris Worthington is being courted by two princes Michael and Alexander, while having a yacht trip. When the yacht capsizes all of the rich spoiled aristocrats take refuge in a tropical island. They are forced to depend on sailor Stephen Jones who Doris dislikes but secretly loves. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Edith
Director:
Norman Taurog
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
14. Be Like Me (1931)
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Be Like Me
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Eve
Director:
Aubrey Scotto
Genres:
Musical, Romance, Short
Star Cast:
Sidney Easton
15. Follow the Leader (1930)
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Follow the Leader
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2
As:
Cast
Director:
Norman Taurog
Genres:
Musical, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Ginger Rogers, Ed Wynn, Stanley Smith, Lou Holtz, Lida Kane
16. The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935)
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The Big Broadcast of 1936
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This comedy film tells us the story of Spud Miller who tries to save his struggling radio station by winning a broadcast competition.

As:
Cast
Director:
Norman Taurog
Genres:
Musical
Star Cast:
17. Her Future (1930)
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Her Future
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Defendant
Director:
Mort Blumenstock
Genres:
Musical, Short
18. Straight Place and Show (1938)
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Straight Place and Show
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Linda Tyler
Director:
David Butler
Genres:
Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
Richard Arlen, George Barbier, Brothers The Ritz, Phyllis Brooks
19. Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)
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Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood
PG
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Known for the large number of cameo appearances by Hollywood's golden age actors and actresses, the movie is loosely based on the film debut of Rin Tin Tin, a male German shepherd, who follows an aspiring actress to Hollywood; but himself becomes an international star. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Winner
Genres:
Comedy
20. Muppet Video: Muppet Treasures (1985)
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Muppet Video: Muppet Treasures
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Herself (archiveFootage)
Director:
Philip Casson, Peter Harris
Genres:
Fantasy
Star Cast:
Paul Simon, Frank Oz, Zero Mostel, Jim Henson
21. Ireno (1932)
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Ireno
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Irene
Director:
Aubrey Scotto
Genres:
Short, Musical
Star Cast:
Brian Donlevy

TV Movie(s)

1. A Special Sesame Street Christmas (1978)
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A Special Sesame Street Christmas
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Herself
Director:
Russ Petranto
Genres:
Family, Comedy, Music
Star Cast:
Imogene Coca, Dick Smothers, Anne Murray, Caroll Spinney
2. Annie Get Your Gun (1967)
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Annie Get Your Gun
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Annie Oakley
Director:
Clark Jones
Genres:
Musical
Star Cast:
Benay Venuta, Bruce Yarnell, Jerry Orbach, Rufus Smith
3. Panama Hattie (1954)
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Panama Hattie
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As:
Cast
Role:
Hattie Maloney
Star Cast:
Art Carney, Ray Middleton, Janis Carter

Animation(s)

Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1979)
Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
TV-G
As:
Cast
Role:
Lilly Loraine (voice)
Director:
Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Genres:
Musical, Animation, Fantasy, Family, Comedy
Star Cast:
Shelley Winters, Mickey Rooney, Jackie Vernon, Red Buttons
Journey Back to Oz (1972)
Journey Back to Oz
G
Plot:

A tornado in Kansas causes a girl named Dorothy to become unconscious, and she re-appears in the Land of Oz.  She encounters the cousin of the Wicked Witch of the West, who is attacking the Emerald City, with an army of monstrous green elephants. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Hal Sutherland
Genres:
Animation, Musical, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy

TV Shows and Videos

Ethel Merman Awards

Golden Globe Awards
Call Me Madam Best Actress - Comedy or Musical 1954
Grammy Awards
Winner Best Broadway Show Album 1959