Kiss Me Kate
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Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate is a musical within a musical -- altogether appropriate, since its source material, Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, was a play within a play. Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson star as famous Broadway singing team who haven't worked together since their acrimonious divorce. Keel, collaborating with Cole Porter (played by Ron Randell), plans to star in a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew titled "Kiss Me Kate." Both he and Porter agree that only one actress should play the tempestuous Katherine, and that's Grayson. But she… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"...Kiss Me Kate had nothing on Singin' in the Rain."
‑ Jessica Winter, Village Voice
"A little weak in acting at first, but warms up nicely. Quite entertaining. And even more welcoming in 3D."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"A fun musical with tuneful Cole Porter songs and a fun script."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"The picture's brio is quaint and disarming, for the most part getting its laughs when it needs them."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The theatrical antics are a bit forced and the musical numbers aren't the best in the history of musical cinema, but this still stands as an 'important' film of its era, albeit a minor and relatively forgettable one."
‑ Christopher Null,
"A treat, on no account to be missed."
‑ George Perry, BBC
"A mostly zippy showbiz paean."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of the all-time best movie musicals, with Fosse choreography and Porter's vunderbar music."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Thanks to the genius of George Sidney at the helm, there's never a dull moment nor a single instance of a song or dance simply shoehorned in with no bearing on the story. So brush up your Porter if you must have a background before seeing this, and go!"
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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