Kiss Me Kate

Kiss Me Kate

Director: George Sidney Cast: Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller

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Overview

Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate is a musical within a musical -- altogether appropriate, since its source material, Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, was a play within a play. Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson star as famous Broadway singing team who haven't worked together since their acrimonious divorce. Keel, collaborating with Cole Porter (played by Ron Randell), plans to star in a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew titled "Kiss Me Kate." Both he and Porter agree that only one actress should play the tempestuous Katherine, and that's Grayson. But she isn't buying, especially after discovering that Keel's latest paramour, Ann Miller, is going to be playing Bianca. Besides, Grayson is about to retire from showbiz to marry the "Ralph Bellamy character," played not by Bellamy, but by Willard Parker. A couple of gangsters (James Whitmore and Keenan Wynn) arrive on the scene, convinced Keel is heavily in debt to their boss; actually, a young hoofer in the chorus (Tommy Rall) owes the money, but signed Keel's name to an IOU. But since Grayson is having second thoughts about going on-stage, Keel plays along with the hoods, who force Grayson at gunpoint to co-star with her ex-husband so that they'll get paid off. Later the roles are reversed, and the gangsters are themselves finagled into appearing on-stage, Elizabethan costumes and all, though that scene is less of a comic success. This aside, Kiss Me Kate is a well-appointed (if bowdlerized) film adaptation of the Porter musical. Virtually all of the play's songs are retained for the screen version, notably "So in Love," "Wunderbar," "Faithful in My Fashion," "Too Darn Hot," "Why Can't You Behave?," "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" (a delightful duet delivered delightfully by Keenan Wynn and James Whitmore), and the title song. Additionally, Porter lifted a song from another play, Out of This World, and incorporated it in the movie version of Kiss Me Kate; as a result, "From This Moment On" has been included in all subsequent stagings of Kate. This MGM musical has the distinction of being filmed in 3-D, which is why Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson throw so many chairs, dishes, and pieces of fruit at the camera in their domestic battle scenes.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/2019
UPC: 0883929692200
Original Release: 1953
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:50:00
Format: 3D
Sales rank: 2,990

Special Features

Ann Miller hosts Cole Porter In Hollywood: Too Darn Hot; Vintage Documentary short Mighty Manhattan, New York's Wonder City; Cartoon Barney's Hungry Cousin; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kathryn Grayson Lilli Vanessi
Howard Keel Fred Graham
Ann Miller Lois Lane
Keenan Wynn Lippy
Bobby Van Gremio
Tommy Rall Bill Calhoun
James Whitmore Slug
Kurt Kasznar Bianca's Father
Bob Fosse Bianca's suitor
Ron Randell Cole Porter
Willard Parker Tex Callaway
Dave "Tex" O'Brien Ralph
Claud Allister Paul
Ann Codee Suzanne
Carol Haney Specialty Dancer
Jeanne Coyne Specialty Dancer
Mitchell Lewis Stage Doorman
Hermes Pan Specialty Sailor Dance

Technical Credits
George Sidney Director
Saul Chaplin Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Cummings Producer
Bob Fosse Choreography
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Dorothy Kingsley Screenwriter
Urie McCleary Art Director
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Hermes Pan Choreography
Richard A. Pefferle Set Decoration/Design
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Cole Porter Score Composer
André Previn Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles Rosher Cinematographer
Bella Spewack Screenwriter
Samuel Spewack Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Winters Editor

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Kiss Me Kate 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
George Sidney don't have a big reputation of great director but he used to have some kind of talent for make films like this one, that to tell you the truth, it have more qualities than Musical Mammoths like The Sound of Music, and West Side Story..First the songs are all great,and the choreography is as great like the one in West Side....thanks to Bob Fosse....and a group of great dancers, as Ms Ann Miller. I remember this film in the early 50's as one of the gems in a MGM week at Havana.... What a days, sweet memories....Ms. Grayson with the same red wig that Mrs Eleanor Parker wore in Scaramouche.......
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Kiss Me Kate'' is the 'too darn hot' showstopper from MGM that had audiences tapping in the isles. Originally intended to be shot and shown in 3-D, the film today only survives in a 2D format. Hence the sight of Ann Miller tossing scarves into the audience is lost on we at home. But there doesn't seem to be much to get excited about on this DVD release from Warner Brothers. The image has been cropped to fit a 1:33:1 aspect ratio with predictable results - a general blurring of the image, out of focus in nearly every shot. The audio, 5.1, is shrill, strident and excessively front sounding. This is not, by any stretch of the imagination, the way a film buff would want to view this once marvelous film musical.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss Me Kate is a perfect introduction to the great Cole Porter. One of his best scores and book. The cast is perfect, from Grayson and Keel to Bob Fosse. A great addition to anyone's DVD collection.
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