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Trailers from Hell: John Landis Talks Naughty Shakespeare Adaptation 'Kiss Me Kate'

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by Trailers From Hell
August 3, 2012 12:34 PM
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George Sidney's "Kiss Me Kate"
George Sidney's "Kiss Me Kate"

"Don't Knock the Music!" week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director John Landis introducing George Sidney's 3-D "Kiss Me Kate," an adaptation of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" by way of Broadway song-and-dance.

George Sidney's terrific film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical (derived from Taming of the Shrew) underwent a lot of cleaning up from the Hays Office, which removed numerous suggestive lyrics and risque jokes. Even so, it's considered one of the most entertaining of the vaunted MGM musicals and still enchants today. Although the cleverly shot 3-D version initially racked up stronger grosses, the film played the majority of its major dates, including Radio City Music Hall, in 2D.

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