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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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The pictures on the piano in the opening scene in Fred Graham's apartment feature photos from Howard Keel's prior films roles, including "Showboat" (also starring Kathryn Grayson) and "Annie Get Your Gun." See more »

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Boom mic shadows very visible in scenes backstage during the performance of the show. See more »

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Slug: To flee or not to flee, that is the question... Going away is such sweet sorrow.
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Version of The Iron Strain (1915) See more »

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So in Love (reprise)
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Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
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Two excellent numbers deserve more credit.
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This movie is quite the best musical of the 50's, with more plot and excellent sideplay and bits. Of these bits, my favorites are Howard Keel's rendition of "Where Is the Life that Late I Led", and Keenan Wynn and James Whitmore's clever presentation of "Brush Up Your Shakespeare". Either one could stand alone, but when added to the dancing of Ann Miller, Bob Fosse, Bobby Van and Carol Chaney, you have a real winner. Very clever and upbeat. Kathryn Grayson was never a favorite of mine, but she is acceptable as Lily, and her number "I Hate Men" is a real winner. You know, this movie has so many excellent songs that it is very hard to pick just a few. "Always True to You, Darling, in my Fashion", "Tom, Dick and Harry"--Cole Porter was at the top of his form for this movie.


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