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Kiss Me Kate (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 26 November 1953 (USA)
An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'; off-stage, the production is troublesome with ex-lovers' quarrels and a gangster looking for some money owed to them.

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay), Sam Spewack (book) (as Samuel Spewack) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Grayson ... Lilli Vanessi 'Katherine'
Howard Keel ... Fred Graham 'Petruchio'
Ann Miller ... Lois Lane 'Bianca'
Keenan Wynn ... Lippy
Bobby Van ... 'Gremio'
Tommy Rall ... Bill Calhoun 'Lucentio'
James Whitmore ... Slug
Kurt Kasznar ... 'Baptista'
Bob Fosse ... 'Hortensio'
Ron Randell ... Cole Porter
Willard Parker ... Tex Callaway
Dave O'Brien ... Ralph
Claud Allister ... Paul
Ann Codee ... Suzanne
Carol Haney ... Specialty Dancer
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Storyline

Fred and Lilly are a divorced pair of actors who are brought together by Cole Porter who has written a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew. Of course, the couple seem to act a great deal like the characters they play. A fight on the opening night threatens the production, as well as two thugs who have the mistaken idea that Fred owes their boss money and insist on staying next to him all night. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Broadway's Long-Run Musical Smash Hit - Now on the Screen...All the Spicy Splendor! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

26 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bésame, Catalina See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,981,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Ansco Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Howard Keel maintained that he was not the first choice for the film, and that the studio wanted Laurence Olivier or Danny Kaye. See more »

Goofs

In the performance of KISS ME, KATE, the women wear high heeled shoes as part of their costumes. Women of the Middle Ages did not wear shoes with heels; instead they wore slippers. See more »

Quotes

Baptista: Wonder of wonders, a gentleman in Verona desires you in marriage.
Lilli Vanessi: Then he best go back there.
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Alternate Versions

Originally filmed in 3-D (which explains why characters are constantly throwing things directly at the camera). See more »


Soundtracks

Tom, Dick or Harry
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Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Ann Miller, Tommy Rall, Bobby Van and Bob Fosse
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4 March 1999 | by Ash-65See all my reviews

What great stars! Keel and Grayson are excellent in this, with the lovely song So In Love, among many others. Tommy Rall is underused. He was in the same amount of numbers as the marvelous Ann Miller, but got minimum screen time, with the exception of Why Can't You Behave. Ann Miller was nothing short of awesome, with four numbers and ample attention in all of them. Too Darn Hot, Tom Dick or Harry, Why Can't You Behave, Always True To You In My Fashion, and From This Moment On (to a lesser degree) belong to her. A perfect movie for her fans. I urge you, run, don't walk to the nearest video store and pray that they have KISS ME KATE!


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