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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.

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay), Sam Spewack (book) (as Samuel Spewack) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Grayson ... Lilli Vanessi 'Katherine'
Howard Keel ... Fred Graham 'Petruchio'
Ann Miller ... Lois Lane 'Bianca'
Keenan Wynn ... Lippy
Bobby Van ... 'Gremio'
Tommy Rall ... Bill Calhoun 'Lucentio'
James Whitmore ... Slug
Kurt Kasznar ... 'Baptista'
Bob Fosse ... 'Hortensio'
Ron Randell ... Cole Porter
Willard Parker ... Tex Callaway
Dave O'Brien ... Ralph
Claud Allister ... Paul
Ann Codee ... Suzanne
Carol Haney ... Specialty Dancer
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

26 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bésame, Catalina See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,981,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Ansco Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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This film was a disappointment at the box office for MGM, resulting in a loss of $544,000 ($5M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

When Bianca is by the fountain, she is carrying a net which she tosses away. It lands to the right of the fountain. A few shots later the net is missing; a few shots after that, it has returned. See more »

Quotes

Bianca: [after Fred Graham kisses her to shut her up] I was just saying "Thank you"!
Slug: How do you suppose she says "You're welcome"?
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Soundtracks

Always True to You in My Fashion
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Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Ann Miller and Tommy Rall
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Two excellent numbers deserve more credit.
30 April 2004 | by jshaffer-1See 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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