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Silk Stockings (1957)

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 »

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

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

Cyd Charisse's striptease to the title number was met with a least a couple of raised eyebrows from the Hays film censors. For one 2-second instance, she is seen at length in a silk camisole exposing her legendary legs. This was considered too risqué by the Hays office, and a high-back chair was quickly integrated into the dance for her to run behind. When she next emerges from behind the chair she has quickly slipped on a swirling petticoat, but it is transparent and gives quick glimpses of her legs anyway, which by now were what most viewers wanted to see anyway. See more »

Goofs

When she's typing on the typewriter in the hotel room, Nina presses only the same two keys. See more »

Quotes

Vassili Markovitch, Commisar of Art: A couple of months ago some idiot let Boroff get to Paris and naturally he wants to stay there.
Ninotchka Yoschenko: What do you mean: naturally?
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Soundtracks

Fated to Be Mated
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Written and Composed by Cole Porter
Sung by Fred Astaire
Danced by Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse
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Now on DVD - CinemaScope once more!
30 April 2003 | by gregcoutureSee all my reviews

Like so many films produced in the mid- to late Fifties and early Sixties, when CinemaScope and other widescreen processes enhanced a production, directors and cinematographers were usually unafraid to take full advantage of the wider ratio. They weren't so concerned about how the final product would look on TV's square screens and probably didn't anticipate the visual desecration of "formatting" and "pan-and-scan" reductions. So it's nice to know that this musical, filmed when M-G-M was about to throw in the musical towel and bid an undeserved farewell to the Arthur Freed "unit," can now be enjoyed again close to its original theatrical aspect ratio on DVD.

Astaire and Charisse are a team to be treasured (so wonderful together in "The Band Wagon" a few years earlier, under Minnelli's astute guidance) and all of the others listed in this film's credits are professionals of the highest caliber. Astaire has a fun solo (with a chorus of top-hatted dancers) in the "Ritz Roll 'n' Rock" number; Cyd gets to put those legendary legs to dazzlingly opulent use in the "Red Blues" production show-stopper; and even Janis Paige gets to raunch it up in an amusing example of clever Cole Porter risking something risqué (for its day) in a song about the Empress Josephine, "commonly known as Jo"! And there's that first reel number, "Stere-oh-phonic Sound," that cleverly spoofs the contemporary moviemakers' attempts to lure people from their TV sets with widescreens, sound coming from every corner of the auditorium and eye-glazing color processes. It may not be prime Porter but it's all far-and-away more fun and enjoyable than anything we're likely to get today with the threatened revival of the movie musical with barbarians like Baz Luhrmann given the directorial reins.


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