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  • mistermuse 12:29 am on September 5, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Kiss Me Kate, , , Now's The Time To Fall In Love,   


    No doubt, the above words are familiar to you, but do you remember who penned them? If not, may I suggest that you….

    Friends, Romans, countrymen: now that your Shakespeare is refreshed, are you in the mood for some food music? If so, let’s meat our next song:

    No potatoes? That will never do, especially if you’re short of moolah and longing for love….

    That’s all for now. If you didn’t dig the chow, don’t have a cow. I love you anyhow.

    • calmkate 12:45 am on September 5, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      to win this kate, it must be prolific poetry, sexy sax or dapper dancing like those first two charmers … but no meat, only potatoes please ūüėé

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    • Ashley 9:42 am on September 5, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      That first clip had me baffled. Am sure that’s Howard Keel in the costume but who are the two suits? The little one looks like a very young Spencer Tracy but it can’t be!

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      • mistermuse 12:11 pm on September 5, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        They are JAMES WHITMORE (“the little one”) and Francis Xavier Aloysius James Jeremiah Keenan Wynn (better known as KEENAN WYNN), both veteran character actors, with Wynn being the more recognizable. In Cole Porter’s KISS ME KATE, they play a pair of parody thugs in this film version of Shakespeare’s TAMING OF THE SHREW. It’s one of my favorite musicals.

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    • mlrover 10:01 am on September 5, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      This is almost as good as Spike Jones.

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      • mistermuse 12:21 pm on September 5, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        The vocalist in the POTATOES ARE CHEAPER clip is Beatrice Kay, who was famous back in the day for her big-voiced, humorous take-offs on Gay 90s (& other) songs. She would’ve been the perfect vocalist for the Spike Jones Band.

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    • Rakkelle 6:40 pm on September 5, 2019 Permalink | Reply


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    • Silver Screenings 6:27 pm on September 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Great selections today, as always, but my fave is from Kiss Me Kate with James Whitmore and the fab Keenan Wynn. To be honest, I’ve never seen that film – and I call myself a classic movie blogger!

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    • mistermuse 10:44 pm on September 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      That Whitmore-Wynn song & dance is a classic, and is even more wonderful in the context of the film as a whole. KISS ME KATE is a must-see!


  • mistermuse 2:05 am on May 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Iago, Kiss Me Kate, , , , , Taming of the Shrew   


    My April 22 post (MARK TWAIN ON DONALD TRUMP) was so well received¬†that I’ve decided to¬†give that theme (of¬†holding up a mirror to¬†The Tempest of¬†Trumpian¬†self-glorification) another go….this time,¬†with¬†the reflections of an even greater giant¬†of literature: the Bard of Avon¬†taking aim at¬†the¬†target¬†of¬†Twain¬†and giving us his¬†measure of the Tweeter of Twaddle. So, in case you haven’t given The Bard¬†a second thought¬†of late: straight from TAMING OF THE SHREW (filmed as KISS ME KATE), what say you….

    and we’ll all know how….the Bard’s¬†words¬†speak¬†to the Iago of Mar-a-Lago:

    Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides. Who cover faults, at last shame them derides.

    False face must hide what the false heart doth know.

    Go to your bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.

    God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.

    It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.

    When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.




    • arekhill1 8:37 pm on May 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown,” Sr. Muse. Also, “Woe to the land that’s governed by a child. It’s bad news when a country is ruled by a child.”

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    • mistermuse 9:45 pm on May 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know how uneasy the head is, Ricardo, but it certainly lies….and lies….and lies.


    • calmkate 9:35 am on May 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      that an insane idiot is in charge is unbearable …
      But hey the Bard, or sing and dance like that and you might be in with a chance ūüôā

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      • mistermuse 11:22 am on May 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        KISS ME KATE (the movie, not a personal request) is one of my fav musicals, with great songs….and why wouldn’t they be great? They’re by Cole Porter! ūüôā

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        • calmkate 5:40 pm on May 6, 2018 Permalink

          Those two were just magical together, so joyful! Must try and watch the movie sometime … ūüôā

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    • literaryeyes 11:31 pm on May 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Ha ha, this is good: Iago of Mar-a-Lago!

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      • mistermuse 1:24 am on May 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Mary. It’s a good thing I brushed up my Shakespeare before writing this post!


  • mistermuse 4:35 pm on October 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Kiss Me Kate, Love For Sale, The Complete Lyrics Of Cole Porter   


    Cole Porter died fifty years ago today. If you’re under age 50, chances are you don’t know Cole Porter from cole slaw….which is sad in a way, because if you don’t know what you don’t know, you may¬†think¬†what you know is all that’s worth knowing. You know?

    To those of us who¬†are into¬†America’s “Golden Age of popular music,” Cole Porter was one of a kind. In those days, few song writers wrote both words and music, and of those few, no one wrote lyrics with more wit and sophistication. Consider this refrain from YOU’RE THE TOP:

    You’re the top!
    You’re the Coloseum.
    You’re the top!
    You’re the Louvre Museum.
    You’re a melody from a symphony by Strauss,
    You’re a Bendel bonnet,
    A Shakespeare sonnet,
    You’re Mickey Mouse!

    ….about which John Updike wrote, “In the urbane, top-hat fantasy world wherein Fred Astaire and Cole Porter reign as quintessential performer and creator, love is wry, jokey, casual, and even weary but nonetheless ecstatic: you’re Mickey Mouse! He [Porter] brought to the traditional and somewhat standardized tasks of songsmithing a great verbal ingenuity, a brave flexibility and resourcefulness, a cosmopolitan’s wide experience in¬†mundane matters including foreign lands and tongues, and a spirit that always kept something of collegiate innocence about it.”

    Porter wrote over eight hundred songs, more than half of which were never published. I will mention but a few of my favorites: BEGIN THE BEGUINE, LOVE FOR SALE, EASY TO LOVE, and practically the entire score of KISS ME KATE. Of these, perhaps this one best epitomizes the sole Cole Porter:

    • Don Frankel 4:58 pm on October 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Funny today because I used ‘My Way’, from the Main Event Concert, I listened to the whole concert and he sang my favorite Cole Porter.

      I had to find one with the Cocaine lyric. I hate when he and others sing around that.


    • mistermuse 7:21 pm on October 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Don….that’s another of my Porter favorites, as well as one of my favorite Sinatra vocals – both at their very best.


    • leggypeggy 11:55 pm on October 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love Cole Porter’s work. Glad your anniversary post led me back here.

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    • mistermuse 7:55 am on October 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      ….and I’m glad you took the time to go back here. Cole Porter lives on!

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