Kiss Me Kate

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): George Sidney
Production: Warner Brothers Classics
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

Would you get the door, Paul?

- Hi, Paul.

- Mr. Cole Porter, sir.

- Thanks for coming.

- Hello, Fred.

You're right on time.

Everything's set.

Keyboard's dusted,

and the piano's tuned.

That is a matter of opinion. By the way,

what was wrong with my place?

- You want Lilli to do the part, don't you?

- Very much.

Then psychologically,

this is the proper setting.

- Here? Where you lived together?

- Oh, Lilli loved the apartment.

She'll be dying to see

if I've changed anything.

Even if she does come,

there's no guarantee she'll do the show.

Of course she'll do it. It's a good

script, a great score, fat part.

You're forgetting one thing.

Besides directing the show,

you'll also be playing opposite her.

Most actresses would

consider that an inducement.

Under the circumstances, I should think

things might be a little strained.

Because we used to be man and wife?

Oh, Cole, that's archaic.

- We're adults. We're civilized.

- Oh, forgive me!

I'd forgotten.

Just one thing. When Lilli gets here,

start with a love song: "So in Love."

- She's a pushover for a sentimental lyric.

- Okay.

That's her ring.

She always leans on the bell.

Hello, Paul. How's the bursitis?

Better, thank you, Mrs. Graham.

I mean...

Lilli Vanessi.

- Cole, how wonderful to see you again.

- Lilli, darling.

- Hello, Fred.

- Hello, Lilli.

- You look wonderful, Lilli.

- Thanks.

Peace of mind.

It does wonders for you.

- You ought to get rid of that spot.

- Never. It's a keepsake.

- You threw the inkwell, remember?

- I'm sure I had provocation.

- Well, did you like the script?

- Oh, I loved it.

- Would you care to hear the score?

- I'm dying to. That's the reason I'm here.

- The only reason.

- Well, Fred...

...this is sort of a musical version

of The Taming of the Shrew.

- Shakespeare, you know.

- Yes.

Let's see. Where should we start?

Why don't we start

with a love song?

- "So in Love"?

- Yes, it's great for Lilli.

It's a duet.


So it is.

It's beautiful, Cole.

- You sang it beautifully.

- Thank you.

But tell me something.

Do you really think

I could play the shrew?

You'd make a perfect shrew.

What I mean is, it takes an actress

of real stature, like Judy Marlow...

- Constance Collier.

- Connie Collier, Lynn Fontanne...

- Great actresses.

- The costumes are great.

For your entrance,

we've picked red velvet.

- She looks wonderful in it.

- I know...

There's another good song

in the score for Lilli. "I Hate Men."

Now, here's what we had in mind

for the wedding scene.

- Pretty, isn't it?

- It's certainly tempting.

- Then you'll do it?

- It's difficult to refuse.

I'll tell you what I'll do, I'll...


- Expecting someone?

- No.

Yes, though not just yet. I...

Another bell-leaner?

Hello. Hi, sweetie. Am I late?

- No. Early.

- Oh, that's great.

I just dashed over

between shows at the Copa.

I hope you don't mind my legs.

On the contrary.

Oh, this is Miss Lane, the young lady

I was telling you about.

- Telling me about?

- For the part?

- Part?

- Bianca.

- The younger sister.

- Younger?

- Only in the play.

- Oh, of course. Bianca.

It's a thrill meeting both of you.

I just love your songs, Mr. Porter.

And I'm just nuts

about your ex-husband.

Sweetie, we're out of ginger ale.

Anybody want a drink?

- What'll you have?

- Nothing, thank you.

- Not right now.

- If nobody wants anything... about doing the number?

- Number?

The big one I'm going to do,

the "Too Darn Hot" number.

That must be the boys.

Hi, fellas, come in.

Didn't you tell her the number's out?

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Dorothy Kingsley

Dorothy Kingsley (October 14, 1909 – September 26, 1997) was an American screenwriter, who worked extensively in film, radio and television. more…

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