Silk Stockings (1957 film)

Silk Stockings
Cyd Charisse in Silk Stockings trailer.jpg
Cyd Charisse in the trailer
Directed byRouben Mamoulian
Produced byArthur Freed
Written byAbe Burrows (1955 play)
Silk Stockings
George S. Kaufman
Leueen MacGrath
Abe Burrows
Screenplay byLeonard Gershe
Leonard Spigelgass
Harry Kurnitz (uncredited)
Based onNinotchka
by Melchior Lengyel
StarringFred Astaire
Cyd Charisse
Music byCole Porter
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
CinematographyRobert J. Bronner
Edited byHarold F. Kress
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
July 18, 1957 (1957-07-18)
Running time
117 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$2,581,000[1]
Box office$2,800,000[1]

Silk Stockings is a 1957 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical film adaptation, filmed in CinemaScope, of the 1955 stage musical of the same name,[2] which itself was an adaptation of the film Ninotchka (1939).[3] 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.[4][5] It was choreographed by Eugene Loring and Hermes Pan.

It received Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Film and Best Actress (Charisse) in the Comedy/Musical category.[6]

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.

  1. ^ a b The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ "Silk Stockings". Broadway Musical Home. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Ninotchka". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Silk Stockings". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  5. ^ Crowther, Bosley (July 19, 1957). "The Screen: 'Silk Stockings' Arrives; Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse Co-Star". The New York Times. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  6. ^ "Golden Globes 1957". Sijmen's List of Film Classics. Retrieved September 8, 2017.