Kiss Me Kate (1953)




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An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew", but off-stage the production is rife ex-lovers' quarrels and gangster lookinf for some money owed to them.
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Warner Brothers Classics

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Kathryn Grayson
as Lilli Vanessi/Katherine
Howard Keel
as Fred Graham/Petruchio
Ann Miller
as Lois Lane/Bianca
Tommy Rall
as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio
Bobby Van
as Gremio
Keenan Wynn
as Lippy
Bob Fosse
as Hortensio
Kurt Kasznar
as Baptista
Ron Randell
as Cole Porter
Willard Parker
as Tex Callaway
Ann Codee
as Suzanne
Carol Haney
as Specialty Dancer
Jeanne Coyne
as Specialty Dancer
Hermes Pan
as Specialty Sailor Dance
Ted Eckelberry
as Nathaniel
Mitchell Lewis
as Stage Doorman
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Critic Reviews for Kiss Me Kate

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

The picture's brio is quaint and disarming, for the most part getting its laughs when it needs them.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

...Kiss Me Kate had nothing on Singin' in the Rain.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Village Voice
Top Critic

A mostly zippy showbiz paean.

Full Review… | February 14, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A little weak in acting at first, but warms up nicely. Quite entertaining. And even more welcoming in 3D.

Full Review… | September 26, 2006
Hollywood Report Card

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.

October 31, 2004

One of the all-time best movie musicals, with Fosse choreography and Porter's vunderbar music.

July 20, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Audience Reviews for Kiss Me Kate


This movie is freaking brilliant. Ann Miller lights up the stage every moment she's visible. She may not be as good a dancer as professional Bobby Van, but she's got more edge. In movies it's the combination of attitude and spunk AND talent that take you up a notch. Ann Miller wears the star power on her sleeve. It's unfortunate she was never really given a leading role to project her talent but this is a pretty darn good substitute. "Too Darn Hot" and "Tom, Dick, and Harry" are without a doubt my favorite numbers, I swear I've watched each of them at least twenty times. But Cole Porter is an awesome composer and I also love "Why Can't You Behave," "We Open In Venice," and "Always True to You in My Fashion."

However, the movie is really sexist. Why does Howard Keel's character treat Kathryn Grayson like crap and she still comes running back to him? Granted, they both behave rather badly but why does Kate have to give the concession?

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer


A good comedy musical about actors who's offstage lives are mirrored onstage in a production of taming of the shrew. It has it's funny moments, but sometimes the songs are boring. Overall a pretty good movie, though.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Great music, but too many scenes where Howard Keel has to punish his ex-wife. What message does that send?

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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