Saturday, May 23, 2015

Kiss Me, Kate, and MGM Everybody Else!

 Released in 1953,
Kiss Me Kate (the movie) began in Fred Graham's apartment,
as Howard Keel and an actor playing Cole Porter
attempt to lure Lilli Vanessi (Kathryn Grayson) to play the lead in his new musical.
Enter Ann Miller as Lois, 
who almost ruins the scheme, with "Too Darn Hot."

 "Wunderbar"
with Kathryn and Howard.

 Kathyrn Grayson, Cole Porter, and Howard Keel,
behind the scenes at "Kate."
This musical was Cole's most successful,
following in the footsteps of other integrated musicals,
tying musical numbers to the plot.
Cole won Best Musical and Best Score with "Kate" on Broadway,
just 5 years before.
He would die in 1958.

 Tommy Rall, Ann Miller, Bobby Van, and Bob Fosse
in "Tom, Dick, and Harry."

 Bob Fosse got a chance to choreograph his section of
"From This Moment On" with Carol Haney. 
These few moments brought him to the attention of Broadway producers,
and one year later, he was choreographing "Pajama Game" on Broadway.

It was filmed in 3D, using the best "of the day" 3D technology.
There's Ann, in costume, with her 3D glasses, at left!

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