- Silk Stockings (film)
name = Silk Stockings
caption = DVD cover
Abe Burrows(play) Leonard Gershe Leonard Spigelgass
Fred Astaire Cyd Charisse
July 18, 1957
runtime = 117 minutes
country = USA
language = English
imdb_id = 0050972
"Silk Stockings" is a 1957 MGM
musical filmremake of " Ninotchka". It was directed by Rouben Mamoulianand starred Fred Astaireand Cyd Charisse. The supporting cast included Janis Paige, Peter Lorre, Jules Munshin, and George Tobiasrepeating his Broadway role.
Golden Globe Awardnominations for Best Film and Best Actress (Charisse) in the Comedy/Musical category.
The score was embellished with the song "The Ritz Roll and Rock," a
parodyof the then-emerging rock and rollgenre. 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.
Movie producer Steve Canfield (Fred Astaire) wants Russian composer Peter Illyich Boroff (
Wim Sonneveld) to write music for his next picture. However, Comrades Brankov ( Peter Lorre), Bibinski ( Jules Munshin) and Ivanov (Joseph Buloff), have been sent by Moscow to take Boroff back. Canfield corrupts them with decadent western luxuries and talks them into allowing Boroff to work with him. He also arranges for his star, Peggy Dayton (Janis Paige), to convince Boroff to cooperate.
Finally, another, much more dedicated Communist, Ninotchka Yoschenko (Cyd Charisse), is sent to bring in all four men. Though she proves a much bigger challenge, Canfield eventually succeeds in romancing her. He proposes marriage, but after she and Boroff are horrified by the changes that have been made to the music, the Russians all go home.
Canfield does not give up though, arranging for the pliable Brankov, Bibinski and Ivanov to be sent to Paris, knowing that they will be seduced by the city's charms. Once again, Ninotchka is sent after them, giving Canfield time to convince her to give in to her love for him.
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