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).


FLOWER DRUM SONG
1961, IDP Films, 133 min, USA, Dir: Henry Koster

In this adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Broadway musical, Mei Li (Miyoshi Umeki) arrives in San Francisco for an arranged marriage, but husband-to-be Sammy Fong (Jack Soo) is more interested in Linda Low (Nancy Kwan), a singer at his nightclub. While their parents feel bound by tradition, Mei Li and Sammy would prefer to follow their hearts - something that becomes easier to do when it turns out that another young man (James Shigeta) also is looking for a bride. Features choreography by Hermes Pan and such memorable songs as “I Enjoy Being a Girl.”


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