KISS ME KATE
1953, Warner Bros., 109 min, USA, Dir: George Sidney

This adaptation of the Broadway hit is often cited as one of the best 3-D films of the 1950s. As divorced actors reuniting for a musical production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel get to sing some "wunderbar" Cole Porter songs, along with the great Ann Miller (“Too Darn Hot”). As you’d expect of a Golden Age MGM musical, the dancing is as marvelous as the Oscar-nominated score, with choreography by Hermes Pan (and ace hoofer/future director Bob Fosse in the role of Hortensio).


YOU’LL NEVER GET RICH
1941, Sony Repertory, 88 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lanfield

Rita Hayworth became a star playing a dancer wooed by choreographer Fred Astaire after he’s been drafted into the Army. Costar Robert Benchley provides laughs and composer Cole Porter provides the songs in this delightful wartime musical.


THE GAY DIVORCEE
1934, Warner Bros., 107 min, USA, Dir: Mark Sandrich

The first of the great Astaire-Rogers musicals features terrific tunes (Cole Porter's "Night and Day," Conrad and Magidson's "The Continental"), pitch-perfect performances (including the always reliable Edward Everett Horton in a supporting role) and elaborate choreography that Fred and Ginger make look effortless. The prototypical Astaire-Rogers musical.


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