Cyd Charisse in the trailer
|Directed by||Rouben Mamoulian|
|Produced by||Arthur Freed|
|Written by||Abe Burrows (1955 play)|
George S. Kaufman
|Screenplay by||Leonard Gershe|
Harry Kurnitz (uncredited)
by Melchior Lengyel
|Music by||Cole Porter|
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
|Cinematography||Robert J. Bronner|
|Edited by||Harold F. Kress|
|July 18, 1957|
Silk Stockings is a 1957 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical film adaptation, filmed in CinemaScope, of the 1955 stage musical of the same name, which itself was an adaptation of the film Ninotchka (1939). Silk Stockings was directed by Rouben Mamoulian, produced by Arthur Freed, and starred Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. The supporting cast includes Janis Paige, Peter Lorre, Jules Munshin, and George Tobias repeating his Broadway role. It was choreographed by Eugene Loring and Hermes Pan.
The score was embellished with the new song "The Ritz Roll and Rock", a parody of then-emerging rock and roll. The number ends with Astaire symbolically smashing his top hat, considered one of his trademarks, signaling his retirement from movie musicals, which he announced following the film's release.