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Silk Stockings

Silk Stockings has Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse, the music of Cole Porter and comes off as a top-grade musical version of Metro's 1939 Ninotchka. Adapted from the [1955] Broadway musical adaptation of same tag, film has two new Porter songs and a total of 13 numbers. Astaire enacts an American film producer in Paris who falls for the beautiful Commie when she arrives from Moscow to check on the activities of three Russian commissars.

With:
Fred Astaire Cyd Charisse Janis Paige Peter Lorre Jules Munshin Joseph Buloff

Silk Stockings has Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse, the music of Cole Porter and comes off as a top-grade musical version of Metro’s 1939 Ninotchka. Adapted from the [1955] Broadway musical adaptation of same tag, film has two new Porter songs and a total of 13 numbers. Astaire enacts an American film producer in Paris who falls for the beautiful Commie when she arrives from Moscow to check on the activities of three Russian commissars.

Rouben Mamoulian in his deft direction maintains a flowing if over-long course. Musical numbers are bright, inserted naturally, and both Astaire and Charisse shine in dancing department, together and singly. Choreography is by Hermes Pan (Astaire numbers) and Eugene Loring (others).

Janis Paige shares top honors with the stars for a knock-’em-dead type of performance, George Tobias has a few good moments as a Commie chief, and commissar trio Peter Lorre, Jules Munshin and Joseph Buloff are immense.

Silk Stockings

Production: M-G-M. Director Rouben Mamoulian; Producer Arthur Freed; Screenplay Leonard Gershe, Leonard Spigelgass; Camera Robert Bronner; Editor Harold F. Kress; Music Andre Previn (dir.), Conrad Salinger (arr.); Art Director William A. Horning, Randall Duell

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1957. Running time: 117 MIN.

With: Fred Astaire Cyd Charisse Janis Paige Peter Lorre Jules Munshin Joseph Buloff

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