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Kiss Me, Kate (1953) was a Musical - Comedy Film directed by George Sidney and produced by Jack Cummings.

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Lilli Vanessi: You louse!


Lilli Vanessi: Do you really think *I* could play the shrew?
Fred Graham: You'd make a perfect shrew!


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For the famous spanking scene, Kathryn Grayson and costume designer Helen Rose played a joke on Howard Keel - Rose put a wooden board under Grayson's costume.
The movie was shot full frame (1.33:1, including soundtrack area) and then printed with optical soundtrack and interlocked with a magnetic, full-coated strip of film in the theater. While shot on Ansocolor film stock, the prints were by Technicolor, who optically centered the picture to fit the soundtrack on the film (unfortunately, new prints do not have this advantage and the left portion of the picture is cut off prematurely). According to trade ads, the film was only shot in 3-D and except for the premiere (at Radio City), played at almost all major theaters across the USA in 3-D. According to the director in a 1953 interview, the aspect ratio was intended to be 1.75:1, although it was protected for almost every ratio, due to the ever-changing standards of flat widescreen at the time.
The original Broadway production of "Kiss Me Kate" opened at the New Century Theater on December 30, 1948, ran for 1077 performances and won the 1954 Tony Awards for the Best Musical, Book and Score.
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