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Say One for Me

Say One for Me(1959)

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The film opens with the title song playing over a sequence in which "Holly" is rehearsing her dance for the church benefit while "Father Conroy" watches. The opening credits then roll after the priest ascends his pulpit in the church. Frank Tashlin's credit reads: "produced and directed by." Although a Hollywood Reporter production chart places Rachel Stephens, Minta Durfee and Harry Carter in the cast, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. According to a February 1958 Hollywood Reporter news item, Diane Varsi was set for the role of Holly and Frank Sinatra was being considered for the role of the priest.
       According to studio publicity contained in the film's production file at the AMPAS Library, Crosby suggested Debbie Reynolds for the role of Holly. Studio publicity adds that the caf set was built with four walls so that the camera could follow Reynolds and Wagner as they moved around the dance floor. Director Tashlin was seated at one of the tables on the set, allowing him to manipulate the action at close range. Say One for Me marked the screen debut of Stella Stevens. The picture was the last of three films in which Crosby appeared as a New York City priest. The earlier films were Going My Way (1944) and The Bills of St. Mary's (1945, see entries for both films in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50). The church in the film was loosely based on St. Malachys in New York City, which catered to entertainers. Lionel Newman received an Academy Award nomination for his scoring of the picture.