Cole Porter Giftset: Classic Musicals Collection

Cole Porter Giftset: Classic Musicals Collection

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Cast: Cole Porter, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly

     
 
MGM's third follow-up to its landmark Broadway Melody is short on story, but that's okay, since the plot is merely a clothesline upon which to hang sleek and opulent musical production numbers by Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell -- particularly a breathless and eye-popping gloriously black-and-white six-minute tap dance finale between Astaire and Powell to Cole

Overview

MGM's third follow-up to its landmark Broadway Melody is short on story, but that's okay, since the plot is merely a clothesline upon which to hang sleek and opulent musical production numbers by Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell -- particularly a breathless and eye-popping gloriously black-and-white six-minute tap dance finale between Astaire and Powell to Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine." The tale itself is a typical backstage contrivance: Johnny Brett (Fred Astaire) and King Shaw (George Murphy) are a couple of hoofers working in a dance hall for peanuts. Due to mistaken identity, King gets tapped for the lead in a Broadway show opposite big star Clare Bennett (Eleanor Powell) rather than Johnny. But when King drowns his trouble in booze on opening night, Johnny covers for him, taking his place in the show.

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The lyrical levity and silky smooth syncopations of songwriter Cole Porter connect these five classic films from MGM's golden age. The first film here, Broadway Melody of 1940, features the super-suave tandem of Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell and is the collection's sole black-and-white entry. Next up comes 1953's Kiss Me Kate, a roaring take on William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew featuring Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson. Shot in 3-D and boasting not only the show-stopping "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," performed by James Whitmore and Keenan Wynn, but a wonderful young dancer named Bob Fosse. The other standout in the collection is High Society, Porter's 1956 musical take on The Philadelphia Story, which casts Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra in the roles originally played by Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and James Stewart. Although it does not hold up well against the original, the music -- and Louis Armstrong's presence -- make it a classic in its own right. 1957's Les Girls represents Porter's take on Akira Kurosawa's classic Rashomon, as Mitzi Gaynor, Taina Elg, and Kay Kendall recount their widely divergent impressions of their history as a cabaret trio, and Gene Kelly chimes in with yet another version of the events. Another 1957 favorite, Silk Stockings, closes the set. Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse star in this variation on the Ernst Lubitsch-Greta Garbo classic Ninotchka, a typically euphonic Porter delight with a Cold War subtext to beat the band!

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2003
UPC:
0012569576629
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen, Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
9:14:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; All-new digital transfers; Subtitles: English, Français & Español; Kiss Me Kate: Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Kiss Me Kate: Ann Miller hosts Cole Porter in Hollywood - Too Darn Hot; Kiss Me Kate: Music only track; Kiss Me Kate: Vintage documentary short Mighty Manhattan, New York's Wonder City; High Society: Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; High Society: Celeste Holm hosts Cole Porter in Hollywood - True Love; High Society: Audio-only radio ads; High Society: Cinemascope cartoon Millionaire Droopy; High Society: Trailers for this and The Philadelphia Story; High Society: Languages - English & Français; Silk Stockings: Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Silk Stockings: Cyd Charisse hosts Cole Porter in Hollywood - Satin and Silk; Silk Stockings: 2 vintage musical shorts - Paree, Paree and The Poet and Peasant Overture; Silk Stockings: Languages: English & Français; Les Girls: Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Les Girls: Taina Elg hosts Cole Porter in Hollywood - Ca C'est l'Amour vintage cartoon Flea Circus; Les Girls: Languages - English & Français; Broadway Melody of 1940: Ann Miller hosts Cole Porter in Hollywood - Begin the Beguine; Broadway Melody of 1940: Our Gang short The Big Premiere; Broadway Melody of 1940: Languages - English & Français

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Kiss Me Kate
1. Credits [1:34]
2. Civilized Adults [2:40]
3. So in Love [3:38]
4. Too Darn Hot [4:47]
5. Parted Down the Middle [1:55]
6. Bowing Down (Kiss Me, Kate) [3:47]
7. Why Can't You Behave? [4:01]
8. Our Anniversary [2:56]
9. Wunderbar [5:26]
10. Fred's Visitors [2:14]
11. So in Love (Reprise) [1:54]
12. Next to Her Heart [2:02]
13. We Open in Venice [1:41]
14. Shrew's Tale [2:32]
15. Tom, Dick or Harry [4:32]
16. I've Come to Wive It Wealthily in Padua [3:13]
17. Wildcat Wooer [1:42]
18. I Hate Men [3:59]
19. Were Thine That Special Face [4:02]
20. Full Contact [3:24]
21. Not in the Script [2:51]
22. Saying Thank You [1:59]
23. Persuasion [2:33]
24. Captive Bride [1:30]
25. I've Come to Wive It Wealthily in Padua (Reprise) [2:14]
26. Attend Thy Mistress [2:09]
27. Shrew Tamer [1:52]
28. Where Is the Life That Late I Led? [1:40]
29. Cattle Call [4:34]
30. Always True to You in My Fashion [5:18]
31. Getting the Message [4:07]
32. Brush Up Your Shakespeare [3:17]
33. From This Moment On [4:30]
34. Ashamed Women Are So Simple [4:35]
35. Kiss Me, Kate [2:33]
36. Cast List [1:02]
Side #2 -- High Society
1. Overture [4:48]
2. Credits [1:39]
3. High Society Calypso [2:14]
4. Dexter's Digs [2:08]
5. Wedding Gifts [2:25]
6. Spoilsports [2:39]
7. George Kittredge [2:09]
8. Little One [2:37]
9. A Couple of Spies [3:57]
10. Voice of Doom [2:44]
11. The Lord Ladies [5:45]
12. Between Two Husbands [2:41]
13. Papa! [2:31]
14. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? [2:56]
15. Dexter's Gift [1:58]
16. Honeymooners: True Love [1:10]
17. Yar or Worshipped [3:40]
18. Paternal Commentary [2:10]
19. Taken for a Ride [2:24]
20. You're Sensational [3:27]
21. I Love You Samantha [5:02]
22. Wonderful Time [3:24]
23. Now You Has Jazz [2:46]
24. She's Sensational [4:49]
25. Well, Did You Evah? [3:38]
26. Hide and Seek [5:23]
27. Mind if I Make Love to You? [2:56]
28. Jumping to Conclusions [4:03]
29. Morning After [4:11]
30. Night Before [4:35]
31. Changes of Heart [2:34]
32. Simple Announcement [7:10]
33. It's Contagious [3:13]
34. Cast List [:56]
Side #3 -- Silk Stockings
1. Credits [1:46]
2. Wanted Man [2:27]
3. Commissars Three [3:45]
4. "Too Bad" [4:43]
5. New Man in Charge [3:21]
6. Comrade for the Job [3:26]
7. Social Injustice [3:40]
8. No Laughing Matter [4:52]
9. "Paris Loves Lovers" [3:52]
10. Oh, That Tolstoy [3:02]
11. "Stereophonic Sound" [3:57]
12. Suppress It [4:24]
13. "It's a Chemical Reaction" [1:46]
14. "All of You" [:45]
15. Restful Lips [5:30]
16. Powers of Persuasion [1:33]
17. Change in Climate [3:19]
18. Boroff and the Ladies [1:50]
19. "Satin and Silk" [3:34]
20. "Silk Stockings" [2:54]
21. No Business, Please [5:21]
22. "Without Love" [3:48]
23. Happily to Sleep [3:43]
24. Fated to Be Mated [2:12]
25. "All of You" Dance [4:39]
26. "Josephine" [1:37]
27. Scared by Love [3:02]
28. "Siberia" [2:35]
29. Uncensored Memories [3:19]
30. "Red Blues" [3:18]
31. Do Your Duty [5:29]
32. "The Ritz Roll and Rock" [4:34]
33. Rotten Capitalists [4:11]
34. At Least a Lifetime [2:16]
35. Finale ("Too Bad") [2:08]
Side #4 -- Les Girls
1. Credits [1:48]
2. Spicy Book Trial [3:26]
3. Sybil and Joy [2:39]
4. Angèle [3:13]
5. Her Little Things [2:27]
6. Les Girls [5:37]
7. Rope Number Rehearsal [4:10]
8. Strictly Business [3:08]
9. Bonjour, Pierre [2:24]
10. Ca C'est l'Amour [3:41]
11. One Man to Another [3:41]
12. Ladies in Waiting [4:10]
13. Rope Number Fiasco [3:10]
14. What Is Truth? [4:14]
15. Cheerio, Gerald [3:22]
16. Tipsy Turvy [:21]
17. Barry to the Rescue [1:54]
18. Heating Up [5:43]
19. You're Just Too, Too! [2:16]
20. Talking Business [2:05]
21. Not Lovers, Pow! [3:19]
22. High Spirits [3:16]
23. Angèle's Version [3:48]
24. New Witness [2:58]
25. Kinda Lonely Guy [3:12]
26. Discomfort and Joy [2:47]
27. Men With a Plan [5:54]
28. Why Am I So Gone About That Gal? [2:15]
29. Birthday Breakup [6:51]
30. Getting the Picture [6:43]
31. Double Discovery [4:18]
32. Three Fine Marriages [2:43]
Side #5 -- Broadway Melody of 1940
1. Credits [1:47]
2. Dawnland Duos [3:06]
3. Please Don't Monkey With Broadway [3:39]
4. Name Game [2:49]
5. I Am the Captain [5:15]
6. Unready to Wear [3:59]
7. Wakeup Call [3:18]
8. Trixie the Juggler [3:58]
9. Solo Offer [3:16]
10. Breaking the News [3:34]
11. Between You and Me [4:41]
12. Mixup Fixup? [3:33]
13. Headaches Aplenty [5:27]
14. Cape Escape [2:19]
15. Screwball Soprano (Il Bacio) [3:03]
16. Out of Step and Favor [4:40]
17. I've Got My Eyes on You [6:05]
18. Jukebox Dance [4:42]
19. Yes Man Says No [3:56]
20. Leading Man Down [4:01]
21. I Concentrate on You [6:39]
22. They've Seen Enough [3:06]
23. Runaway Groom [3:07]
24. Begin the Beguine [5:53]
25. Begin the Beguine (II) [3:48]
26. I've Got My Eyes on You [1:18]
27. Cast List [:27]

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