Kiss Me Kate

1953

Action / Comedy / Musical / Romance

25
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 90%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 75%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 4846

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Keenan Wynn as Lippy
Howard Keel as Fred Graham 'Petruchio'
Ann Miller as Lois Lane 'Bianca'
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812.07 MB
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English
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1hr 49 min
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1hr 49 min
P/S 5 / 5

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by HotToastyRag 3 / 10

Everyone besides Howard Keel is terrible

The beloved Cole Porter stage musical was adapted to the screen in 1953, starring Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson, the dynamite duo who won audience's hearts in Showboat two years prior. I don't know how it's possible, but the finished result of Kiss Me Kate is terrible. It's so bad, I didn't buy a copy to keep on my musical film shelf, which boasts over twenty classics.

Kathryn Grayson, normally beautiful, endearing, and possessing a gorgeous soprano voice, is extremely disappointing. She wears a terribly unflattering wig, and the hair color and style make audiences forget how pretty she is. She tries to belt "I Hate Men" and it just doesn't work. Ann Miller takes the second lead and absolutely ruins the part. Kiss Me Kate is a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, and the part of Bianca is normally sweet, adorable, and irresistible. I've never liked Ann Miller; her conceit and dance style always rubbed me the wrong way. She turns Bianca into an arrogant, stage-hogging character with extended dance sequences that bore the audience to tears. However, if you feel differently about Ann Miller, you'll obviously feel differently about what she does to the role.

The good news is there's nothing wrong with Howard Keel's performance. As you can imagine, he's wonderful in the role of Fred. Fred has to be larger than life, just as much an actor onstage as he is off; he's charming, boisterous, and it doesn't hurt if he's handsome. Howard Keel earns his title as the king of musicals, giving all the elements of a wonderful performance despite his lackluster costars. His timing is impeccable, and he sells a song with his expressions as well as his beautiful voice.

If you can find a taped version of a live production of Kiss Me Kate-there are several out there-you can give one of those a try for a better rendition. It really is a cute musical, but the 1953 film doesn't showcase it properly. I'm a bit biased, though. I've seen tapes of my mom playing both the Kathryn Grayson and Ann Miller roles onstage; it's no wonder I was so critical of the film's leading ladies. I know what it looks like when it's done properly!

Reviewed by Trey Yancy 4 / 10

Great for Ann Miller, Not as good as the play.

With Kiss Me Kate, the play-within-a play concept, in which the "real world" story parallels that of the inner play, works very well onstage. The tremendous success of the play bears this out. As for the film adaptation, they try to add another layer - that of the production of Kiss Me Kate itself. This makes a bit of a mess of it. The real Kiss Me Kate did not have and actor playing Cole Porter, etc. Generally speaking, the film doesn't succeed. Between Ann Miller and Bob Fosse, the dance numbers are really what it is all about. What should have been the heart of the thing seems like it's patched in piecemeal. It lacks the smoothly integrated feel of the stage show - something that makes the parallels between Kate and Kathryn, and Fred and Petruchio much more natural. Plus there is a something a bit off when a musical number is completed, they take a couple of beats, then do an encore (something that was added to the Broadway production in response to the live audience). Having played in the orchestra for a truly excellent production of the musical, I was hoping that the movie version would have the same magic, but it didn't. My advice is that viewers don't go in with high expectations regarding the story but that rather they check out Ann Miller's stellar performance in the dance numbers.

Reviewed by edwagreen 10 / 10

Kiss Me Kate

With music and dancing like that, how could this film miss? It was just marvelous to view a divorced couple, Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson appear in the show with the film title and act out their frustrations, inhibitions and general attitudes as the divorced couple.

Ann Miller, Bobby Van, and as the two hoods looking for money owed, James Whitmore and Keenan Wynn steal the scenes they are in. Their memorable rendition of Brush up your Shakespeare is a classic in itself.

The movie was a fabulous one and I liked the idea of Grayson and Keel working their situation while on stage and then resuming it between various scenes.

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