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


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26 November 1953 (USA)  »

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Bésame, Catalina  »

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$1,981,000 (estimated)
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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

Chorographer Hermes Pan makes an appearance as a sailor in the number "Always True to You in My Fashion." See more »

Goofs

At one point during the "Tom Dick and Harry" number, you can clearly see Bobby Van trip and right himself as if waiting for the director to yell "cut". This occurs almost halfway through the number, and to the right of the screen. 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 Kiss Me Kate (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Come to Wive It Wealthily in Padua
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Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Howard Keel
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4 March 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

What great stars! Keel and Grayson are excellent in this, with the lovely song So In Love, among many others. Tommy Rall is underused. He was in the same amount of numbers as the marvelous Ann Miller, but got minimum screen time, with the exception of Why Can't You Behave. Ann Miller was nothing short of awesome, with four numbers and ample attention in all of them. Too Darn Hot, Tom Dick or Harry, Why Can't You Behave, Always True To You In My Fashion, and From This Moment On (to a lesser degree) belong to her. A perfect movie for her fans. I urge you, run, don't walk to the nearest video store and pray that they have KISS ME KATE!


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