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Silk Stockings (1957)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 18 July 1957 (USA)
A musical remake of Ninotchka: After three bumbling Soviet agents fail in their mission to retrieve a straying Soviet composer from Paris, the beautiful, ultra-serious Ninotchka is sent to ... See full summary »

Director:

Rouben Mamoulian

Writers:

Leonard Gershe (screenplay), Leonard Spigelgass (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Steve Canfield
Cyd Charisse ... Ninotchka Yoschenko
Janis Paige ... Peggy Dayton
Peter Lorre ... Brankov
George Tobias ... Vassili Markovitch
Jules Munshin ... Bibinski
Joseph Buloff ... Ivanov
Wim Sonneveld Wim Sonneveld ... Peter Ilyitch Boroff
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A musical remake of Ninotchka: After three bumbling Soviet agents fail in their mission to retrieve a straying Soviet composer from Paris, the beautiful, ultra-serious Ninotchka is sent to complete their mission and to retrieve them. She starts out condemning the decadent West, but gradually falls under its spell, with the help of Steve Canfield, an American movie producer. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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So smoo-oo-th! Such jo-oo-oy! See more »


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Trivia

This film marked a return to MGM for Jules Munshin, who had been signed by the studio in 1947 in response to his breakout stage success in Harold Rome's postwar musical "Call Me Mister" (1946). After his screen debut in Easter Parade (1948), Munshin was quickly cast back-to-back in That Midnight Kiss (1949), Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) and On the Town (1949), after which the studio unceremoniously dropped his option. Nearly ten years later, Munshin was invited back to appear in both Silk Stockings (1957) and Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957). See more »

Goofs

It becomes fairly obvious during the "Fated to be Mated" duet between Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse that Charisse is wearing a skirt one moment and culottes (or flared shorts) the next. The bottom half of her costume changes on each cut of the dance when they are doing deep knee bends, and this is where the culottes show. For the upright spins and lifts, the skirt shows. The dance was obviously performed twice and edited into one sequence. See more »

Quotes

Peggy Dainton: [singing] Jo-o-o-o-osephine, Commonly called Jo, Was a throbbin' robin, poor but chic, Born in ultry-sultry Martinique, Where she rose to reach the highest peak, And why so? 'Cause she had, Agitating eyes, Titillating thighs, Lubricating lips, Undulating hips, A figure simply swell, Plus other good points as well. Man, she was real cool and low...
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Without Love
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Sung by Cyd Charisse (dubbed by Carol Richards)
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Dance Scenes
27 February 2005 | by DoubtindaveSee all my reviews

Astaire too old! Gimme a break. He danced with a polish that was always present. Charisse should have been grateful for his presence and I suspect that she was.

A characiture of the USSR and America of the Cold War period? Yes indeed, and it was almost as good as "One, Two, Three" in its dialogue and situation. Its sensuality as presented in its dance numbers far exceeded the 1939 version and all comers of the same subject.

I had no problem watching a 56 year old Astaire romancing a 36 year old Charisse. As a matter of fact, I found the pair quite sensuous.

I have often wondered why in the final dance scene Cyd's costume skirt was switched to a cullote in the middle of the scene. The switch was not seamless as it was very noticeable.

But, all in all I give this delightful musical a rating of 8 on a 0 to 10 scale.

Dave


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,853,463 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,755
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo | Perspecta Stereo (as Perspecta Sound®) (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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