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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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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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Storyline

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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M-G-M's high, wide and Cole Porter entertainment! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meias de Seda See more »

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Budget:

$1,853,463 (estimated)
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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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Trivia

Cole Porter's original lyrics were slightly bowdlerized for the movie. For example, Astaire sings a line in "Stereophonic Sound" about how audiences don't want to see a kiss "unless her lips are scarlet/and her mouth is five feet wide." In the original Broadway musical, the lyrics were "unless her lips are scarlet/and her bosom's five feet wide." See more »

Goofs

When the first commissar of art gets sacked, there's a yellow lamp hanging over his desk (he actually walks behind it) and then when Markovitch answers his phone, the lamp magically disappears and is replaced by Vera. See more »

Quotes

Ninotchka Yoschenko: What is your theory?
Steve Canfield: My theory is there is no theory.
Ninotchka Yoschenko: But, you are attracted to me and, obviously, there must be scientific reasons!
Steve Canfield: Oh, there are reasons. But they have nothing to do with electromagnets.
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Steve Canfield: I love the looks of you, the lure of you, I'd love to make a tour of you, The arms, the eyes, the mouth of you, The east, west, north, and the south of you, I'd love to gain complete control of you...
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Soundtracks

Siberia
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Written and Composed by Cole Porter
Sung by Jules Munshin, Peter Lorre (dubbed) and Joseph Buloff (dubbed by Bill Lee)
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Old-fashioned grace.
11 October 2002 | by movibuf1962See all my reviews

"Silk Stockings" is something of an enigma. Its release came at the moment much of America had switched over to viewing television and the musical film was dying. But it was still glorious. I couldn't care less about the 'outdated Red Russia' story line; this is a remake of a 1939 film and the USSR conflict was in the original as well. What're you gonna do? The main focus is on capitalist seduction- first by Tobias, Munshin, and Peter Lorre, then most beautifully by Astaire and Charisse. Note that in their first duet (the non-dancing "Paris Loves Lovers"), as they sing in perfect counterpoint, they appear to be undressing each other with their eyes. Later, in "All of You," the gloves come off and our two leads seduce each other through a most graceful dance in a living room. Astaire was 56 years old, Charisse was about 36, and there is still more electricity in their pairing than in some of the downright silly things passing as romantic comedies today. The undisputed highlight of the film is Ms. Charisse in a silent and sensuous expression of terpsichory as she puts on nude stockings, a camisole, and a flared transparent slip. OMG!!


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