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Kiss Me Kate (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 26 November 1953 (USA)
An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'; off-stage, the production is troublesome with ex-lovers' quarrels and a gangster looking for some money owed to them.

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Fred and Lilly are a divorced pair of actors who are brought together by Cole Porter who has written a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew. Of course, the couple seem to act a great deal like the characters they play. A fight on the opening night threatens the production, as well as two thugs who have the mistaken idea that Fred owes their boss money and insist on staying next to him all night. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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MGM presents Hollywood's first important BIG MUSICAL in 3-D on our Panoramic Screen with MIRACLOUS STEREOPHONIC SOUND! COLOR, too! See more »


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26 November 1953 (USA)  »

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(Ansco Color)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Three songs from this show, "Wunderbar", "I'm Always True To You, Darlin' (In My Fashion)" and "So In Love (With You Am I)", were recorded by numerous artists in the late 1940s and were on the music hit charts for several months. See more »

Goofs

During the "Where Is The Life That Late I Led" number Howard Keel leaves the stage and walks out on a long runway that extends into the audience. This runway is not visible before or after the number though there are several shots from the stage into the audience. See more »

Quotes

Lilli Vanessi: Do you really think *I* could play the shrew?
Fred Graham: You'd make a perfect shrew!
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Connections

Version of The Taming of the Shrew (1908) See more »

Soundtracks

Tom, Dick or Harry
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Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Ann Miller, Tommy Rall, Bobby Van and Bob Fosse
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A vibrant musical delight.
25 February 2000 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

Great adaptation of the Broadway musical with a wonderful Cole Porter score. Yes the plot is just an excuse (though not a flimsy one) to put the numbers together, but so what? Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel are very good as battling exes who are destined to be together, in the best tradition of Scarlett and Rhett, with a dash of His Girl Friday thrown in. Plus, it's all acted out amidst Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, which provides for some great comic moments. Keenan Wynn and James Whitmore as the two gangsters are hilarious in the classic "Brush Up Your Shakespeare." Bob Fosse, who plays Bianca's blond suitor in the "Shrew" play-within-a-play, electrifies the screen with Carol Haney in their short but spectacular dance during the "From This Moment On" number. But it is Ann Miller who steals the show with her tradmark perkiness, charm and dynamite dancing skills, demonstrated memorably in another classic, "Too Darn Hot," and her numbers with Tommy Rall. Definitly recommended if you want a laugh, a tune to hum and a great show to see.


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