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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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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 FAMED STAGE HIT...NOW A BIG COLORFUL MUSICAL! See more »


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26 November 1953 (USA)  »

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Bésame, Catalina  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)|

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(Ansco Color)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Originally filmed in 3D which is why the actors often throw things (including themselves) at the audience. 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: You louse!
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Connections

Referenced in Traffic Light: Kiss Me Kate (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Tom, Dick or Harry
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Ann Miller, Tommy Rall, Bobby Van and Bob Fosse
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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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