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Kiss Me Kate (1953)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  26 November 1953 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Storyline

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 Greatest of All Great MGM MUsicals... Bigger, Better Blushin-er than the famed Broadway Smash Hit See more »


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Bésame, Catalina  »

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Trivia

Several of the Broadway lyrics were considered too "spicy" for a film. For instance, "according to the Kinsey Report" (Alfred Kinsey) was changed to "according to the weather report" in the song, "Too Darn Hot", and a verse containing bawdy puns was omitted from "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" (William Shakespeare). See more »

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At the time he wrote this musical, far from being a healthy man, Cole Porter (represented by Ron Randell in this movie) was a wheelchair-bound cripple who needed constant medical care. His legs had been crushed in a riding accident when the horse fell on him. See more »

Quotes

Baptista: Wonder of wonders, a gentleman in Verona desires you in marriage.
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Why Can't You Behave
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Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Ann Miller
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Two excellent numbers deserve more credit.
30 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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