In this sumptuous filming of Cole Porter's Broadway hit, actress Lilli Vanessi (Grayson) is approached by Porter himself (played by Ron Randell) to appear in a musical version of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," starring opposite her ex-husband, Fred Graham (Keel). Much bickering ensues – especially when Lilli learns Graham's new lover Lois (Miller) will play Bianca. However, with the help of a couple of confused gangsters, the show does go on.
Directed by George Sidney with all the color and verve befitting a top-shelf MGM production, Kate re-teamed Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson after their successful turn together in the studio's Technicolor re-make of "Showboat" (1951). The pair never hit a false note playing off each other, with Keel's manly bearing and baritone complementing Grayson's feminine but fiery persona and expressive soprano voice. With its ingenious story of romantic shenanigans on and off the stage, “Kiss Me Kate” remains irresistible entertainment.