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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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Budget:

$1,981,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Ansco Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

In supplemental information on the DVD mention is made that Keenan Wynn and James Whitmore neglected to rehearse their "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" number more than once or twice because they thought it was silly. When it came time to shoot it they made numerous fumbles and mistakes which the director thought was on purpose. He later complimented them on making it look like something a couple of thugs would perform. They never told him the truth. See more »

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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 »

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Bianca: I'm a maid who wouldst marry.
Hortensio: Any Tom?
Lucentio: Dick?
Gremio: Or Harry?
Bianca: Any Harry, Tom, or Dick!
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Version of The Taming of the Shrew (1911) See more »

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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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Kiss Me, Kate Is Still Great!
2 March 2004 | by darkinvader45210See all my reviews

Kiss Me, Kate was first released at the time that the movie screens were exploading into large formats to get people away from their T.V. sets and back into the theaters, and 3-D films came out of hiding and the only musical film to be shot in the 3-D format was Kiss Me, Kate, and stereophonic sound, to me, was better in those days than it is today, but the film gave everyone in it the chance to do their finest work, but it's a shame that they will not release a 3-D Version of this film on Home Video. The distributors would make a fortune!

Everyone knows the plot of Kiss Me, Kate, so there's no sense in going into that. Kathryn Grayson, Hollywood's finest singer of all time replaced Patricia Morrison who played Lilli on Broadway, and Howard Keel replaced Alfred Drake who played Fred Graham on Broadway, and Ann Miller replaced Lisa Kirk who played Lois on Broadway, and it's not too well known but Lisa Kirk dubbed Everything's Coming Up Roses for Rosalind Russell in the movie version of Gypsy!

Tommy Rall who replaced Harold Lang in the Broadway version, to me, was never given a fair chance in Hollywood. An excellent singer and versatile dancer, but still he shines in his work in Kiss Me, Kate and for his work in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers as the brother Frank who got upset when he was called by his real name.

This movie is a good example as to why Broadway stars are not necessarily good for repeating their Broadway roles on the screen. The cast in this movie is excellent in their acting, singing and dancing and I can not picture the Broadway cast repeating their roles in the movie version. To me, it just wouldn't work!

Casting Ann Miller in the role of Lois Lane was a good break for Ann Miller since she was always given roles in past movies that showed her off as a gal who had an overly-obnoxious appetite for the opposite sex. This film gave her a chance to display her full range of talent which had in the past been overlooked, but what can a person say about her number Too Darn Hot that burned up the screen and made Lilli [Kathryn Grayson] furious with her co-star Fred-er-rick Gray-ham [Howard Keel] to the point that she called him a louse of stage in front of the cast in the play! She couldn't call him what Patricia Morrison called Alfred Drake in the Broadway play because in those days the Hayes Office wouldn't allow Kathryn Grayson to call Howard Keel a ba****d!

Keenyn Wynn and James Whitmore played the comical gangsters that were to collect a marker from Howard Keel which was really signed by Tommy Rall and when they do their number Brush Up Your Shakespeare, it's hilarious. Not because Wynn can't sing and dance, he can, but because James Whitmore gave it all he could, but faked the number beautifully, and Whitmore had the good sense never to perform in a musical ever again, but together they were excellent in their comedic performance as the gangsters in the film.

So, you guys who distribute this movie - give us guys and gals a break and release this in the original wide-screen 3-D version with stereophonic sound and let everyone see why:

KISS ME KATE - IS "STILL" GREAT!


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