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Kiss Me Kate

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
7.64 /10
Howard Keel , Kathryn Grayson , Ann Miller
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Directed by: George Sidney
Written by: Dorothy Kingsley from musical by Cole Porter , Samuel Spewack and Bella Spewack

Released: 1953
Origin: US
Length: 109

A couple of actors (Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel) quarrel while performing Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Cole Porter's best musical is given such a lively , colourful production that it's possible to overlook the gags which don't work and the inadequate acting of Kathryn Grayson (her claim that she belongs in the theatre can usually raise a titter). Highlights include Ann Miller's spirited hoofing, Keenan Wynn and James Whitmore singing the point number, Brush Up Your Shakespeare and the spectacular dancing in From This Moment On , featuring a youthfully athletic Bob Fosse (pictured left). If you wonder why things keep being thrown at you, that's because the movie was originally made in 3-D. Andre Previn and Saul Chaplin were Oscar-nominated for Best Scoring of a Dramatic Picture; and it's the Porter score which makes this a minor classic.

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