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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Sheer Delight! See more »


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Trivia

This was the first of two consecutive film adaptations of a Cole Porter show to present the title song as an instrumental only, minus the lyrics. The second was Can-Can (1960). See more »

Goofs

When the Former Commissar of Art gets sacked, there's a yellow lamp hanging over his desk. (He actually walks behind it.) Then, when Vassili Markovitch answers his phone, the lamp has disappeared and been replaced by Vera. See more »

Quotes

Steve Canfield: Don't you ever feel so happy that you just want to dance all around the room?
Ninotchka Yoschenko: Happiness is the reward of industry and labor. Dancing is a waste of time.
Steve Canfield: Well, I like wasting time.
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Referenced in Silk Stalkings (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Fated to Be Mated
(uncredited)
Written and Composed by Cole Porter
Sung and danced by Fred Astaire
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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:

Silk Stockings See more »

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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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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