The fictionalized biography of composer Cole Porter from his days at Yale in the 1910s through the height of his success to the 1940s. The film's attempted biography matches many public myths surrounding Cole at the time, despite its lack of relationship with truth. For instance, truth and movie are different in regards to: his sex life (he was a gay man in a marriage of convenience with a divorcee friend), his relationship with his wife, Monty Wooley was a contemporary (not Professor), and his French military experience was a hoax. Written by
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When a friend of Porter's heard that Cary Grant had been cast to play the songwriter in the film of his life, the friend asked Porter why he had not objected since he and Grant looked nothing alike. The friend pointed out that Porter might have suggested Fred Astaire instead, another good friend of his who had a strong physical resemblance to Porter. Porter replied, "If they wanted Cary Grant to play you in a movie, would YOU complain?" See more
The poster showing one of Cole Porter's musicals read "The Gay Divorcee." It should have read "The Gay Divorce." The movie was the former. See more
[to Linda Lee Porter
I've come to think of it that one of us must've followed one of us.
Referenced in Music with Mary Martin
Don't Fence Me In
Music by Cole Porter
Poem by Robert H. Fletcher
Original footage from Hollywood Canteen
Sung by Roy Rogers See more