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Silk Stockings (1957)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 18 July 1957 (USA)
A musical remake of Ninotchka: After three bumbling Soviet agents fail in their mission to retrieve a straying Soviet composer from Paris, the beautiful, ultra-serious Ninotchka is sent to ... See full summary »

Director:

Rouben Mamoulian

Writers:

Leonard Gershe (screenplay), Leonard Spigelgass (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Steve Canfield
Cyd Charisse ... Ninotchka Yoschenko
Janis Paige ... Peggy Dayton
Peter Lorre ... Brankov
George Tobias ... Vassili Markovitch
Jules Munshin ... Bibinski
Joseph Buloff ... Ivanov
Wim Sonneveld Wim Sonneveld ... Peter Ilyitch Boroff
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A musical remake of Ninotchka: After three bumbling Soviet agents fail in their mission to retrieve a straying Soviet composer from Paris, the beautiful, ultra-serious Ninotchka is sent to complete their mission and to retrieve them. She starts out condemning the decadent West, but gradually falls under its spell, with the help of Steve Canfield, an American movie producer. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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So smoo-oo-th! Such jo-oo-oy! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meias de Seda See more »

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Budget:

$1,853,463 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo | Perspecta Stereo (as Perspecta Sound®) (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This film was a major bomb at the box office, costing $2.5M and losing $1.4M. See more »

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It becomes fairly obvious during the "Fated to be Mated" duet between Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse that Charisse is wearing a skirt one moment and culottes (or flared shorts) the next. The bottom half of her costume changes on each cut of the dance when they are doing deep knee bends, and this is where the culottes show. For the upright spins and lifts, the skirt shows. The dance was obviously performed twice and edited into one sequence. See more »

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Ninotchka Yoschenko: Why do we always keep the windows closed? Isn't it amazing. At home there is still snow and ice, and here, look at the birds! I always felt a little hurt when our swallows deserted us in winter for capitalistic countries. Now I know why. We have the high idea; but, they have the climate.
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Too Bad (We Can't Go Back to Moscow)
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Sung and Danced by Fred Astaire, Jules Munshin, Joseph Buloff (dubbed by Bill Lee),
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"Silk Stockings "v. "Ninotchka"
14 February 2009 | by malvernpSee all my reviews

I had the occasion recently to see "Silk Stockings" and "Ninotchka" back to back. While the musical (and its Broadway antecedent) is based upon the general plot line of the famous Greta Garbo comedy----each film can fully stand on its own to critical judgment.

"Ninotchka" is considered a classic by many people, and contains Garbo's first comic performance. It is also one of her most accessible roles as well as her penultimate film appearance. Acting styles have changed considerably over the years, and contemporary film-goers may be somewhat mystified as to why she was so highly regarded in her time. However in "Ninotchka," she created a character that is almost free of the mannerisms and affectations often found in her serious movies that turn off so many of today's viewers. The Lubitsch "touch?" Perhaps.

"Silk Stockings" may not be a classic, but it's a delightful and enjoyable musical film entertainment. It is interesting that in the year 1957, we saw the last traditional film musical from both Fred Astaire ("Silk Stockings")and Gene Kelly ("Les Girls") as well as "Silk Stockings" being the last film directed by the legendary Rouben Mamoulian. Coincidentally, Mamoulian directed one of Garbo's most highly regarded films----"Queen Christina" back in 1933.

The recent death of Cyd Charisse reminds us of what a great artist she was in her prime musical years. And while Fred Astaire may have done better work in many of his earlier films, he left the musical genre (excluding the forgettable "Finian's Rainbow") with a stylish, charming and endearing performance.

Personally, I find the character played by Astaire considerably more likable than the one dimensional cad-lover played in the earlier film by Melvyn Douglas. And while Cyd Charisse never was considered much of an actress, her stone-faced Bolshevik who is seduced and in turn warmed by Western "decadence" compares favorably with Garbo's Ninotchka---plus she can dance! What an understatement!

"Silk Stockings" is an underrated film from the Golden Age of musicals. Fred Astaire left to go on to other projects---and it could be argued that his several subsequent television specials with Barrie Chase extended his classic dancing work. But "Silk Stockings" is his last great role as a song and dance man. What a way to go!


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