Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1953. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Dorothy Kingsley, based on the musical book by Sam Spewack, Bella Spewack, and the play The Taming Of The Shrew by William Shakespeare. Cinematography by Charles Rosher. Produced by Jack Cummings. Music by Saul Chaplin, Cole Porter. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary. Costume Design by Walter Plunkett. Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters. Academy Awards 1953.
Bright and boisterous musical comedy based on Cole Porter’s successful stage play. Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel play a bickering couple who are reunited for a production of The Taming of the Shrew, though this time the show has lots of great songs in it. The comparison of the on-stage and backstage antics between these two is a delight to watch, as are the supporting performances by James Whitmore and Ann Miller (her song “Always True To You Darling” is particularly enjoyable).