Kiss Me Kate

Kiss Me Kate

George Sidney (2) (1953)

105min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This splendid MGM version of Cole Porter's smash-hit Broadway show was originally filmed in 3D, hence all those shots where Ann Miller and Howard Keel chuck things at the audience, including themselves. Director George Sidney (Show Boat, Scaramouche) is completely comfortable in the world of the theatre, and utilises fabulous, and cleverly disguised, long takes in his filming of Keel as Fred Graham-cum-Petruchio and Kathryn Grayson as difficult diva Lilli Vanessi, alias Shakespeare's tamed shrew Kate. Keel has rarely been better but Miller nearly steals the show with Too Darn Hot, and comic gangsters Keenan Wynn and James Whitmore are wonderful in composer Porter's saucy waltz Brush Up Your Shakespeare. This is a treat, but it just lacks that special magic that makes a screen musical great: still, in the face of such talent, it doesn't really matter.

Summary

A divorced husband-and-wife acting duo's constant bickering threatens to disrupts a stage production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew in which they are the romantic leads. Meanwhile, a case of mistaken identity attracts backstage interlopers in the form of two gangland thugs looking to collect a gambling debt. Adaptation of Cole Porter's Broadway musical comedy, with Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson.

Cast & Crew

Lilli Vanessi, "Katherine" Kathryn Grayson
Fred Graham, "Petruchio" Howard Keel
Lois Lane, "Bianca" Ann Miller
Lippy Keenan Wynn
"Gremio" Bobby Van
Bill Calhoun, "Lucentio" Tommy Rall
Slug James Whitmore
"Baptista" Kurt Kasznar
"Hortensio" Bob Fosse
Cole Porter Ron Randell
Director George Sidney (2)
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: BFIAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 19 Jan 2001
Comedy Music