American Masters: Season 5, Episode 4

You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story (23 Jul. 1990)

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Biographical portrait of one of Broadway's most brilliant songwriters. Told through the use of archival material and interviews with the rich and famous that knew him, this portrait concentrates on his career and his public life events.

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Biographical portrait of one of Broadway's most brilliant songwriters. Told through the use of archival material and interviews with the rich and famous that knew him, this portrait concentrates on his career and his public life events.

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Informative with a good deal of scarce footage
10 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This just ran here in Los Angeles on KLCS, our tenth run PBS style station where we catch the stuff we missed the first nine times around.

This one told much of Cole Porter and had a lot of fine vintage footage from films, radio, television and elsewhere - virtually none of it properly identified. (Keenan Wynn and James Whitmore in color singing and dancing in a production number; Bob Hope and Ethel Merman recreating one of their numbers together 20 plus years later - sources unnamed.) This program had it's parts being far greater than the sum of it's parts. I can't call it a 'good' documentary on the whole, but offering what it does, it succeeds.

Yes, it is too short, but some of the interviews towards the end were not entrancing. BUT - they were informative.


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