SILK STOCKINGS (1957) C widescreen 118m dir: Rouben Mamoulian

w/Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Janis Paige, Peter Lorre, Jules Munshin, Joseph Buloff, George Tobias, Wim Sonneveld, Belita, Ivan Triesault

From Variety's contemporary review of the film: "Silk Stockings has Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse, the music of Cole Porter and comes off as a top-grade musical version of Metro's 1939 Ninotchka. Adapted from the [1955] Broadway musical adaptation of the same tag, film has two new Porter songs and a total of 13 numbers. Astaire enacts an American film producer in Paris who falls for the beautiful Commie when she arrives from Moscow to check on the activities of three Russian commissars.

"Rouben Mamoulian in his deft direction maintains a flowing if over-long course. Musical numbers are bright, inserted naturally, and both Astaire and Charisse shine in dancing department, together and singly. Choreography is by Hermes Pan (Astaire numbers) and Eugene Loring (others).

"Janis Paige shares top honors with the stars for a knock-'em-dead type of performance. George Tobias has a few good moments as a Commie chief, and commissar trio Peter Lorre, Jules Munshin and Joseph Buloff are immense."

From The Movie Guide: "Hermes Pan oversaw Astaire's dancing, some of the last really dazzling terping he would do, while Eugene Loring handled the rest of the choreography. Charisse, a great dancer in her own right, gives a terrific performance (vocally looped by Carole Richards). Rouben Mamoulian's direction is brisk but not brilliant; Cole Porter's songs are witty, airy, and tuneful, though not as memorable as many of the renowned tunesmith's other works; and because the chemistry between Charisse and Astaire isn't the equal of that of Garbo and Melvyn Douglas, SILK STOCKINGS lack's NINOTCHKA's warmth. It does, however, have some wonderful musical moments and is the kind of picture that anyone of any age will enjoy."

The following are notes collected for a lecture on SILK STOCKINGS:

From the book Astaire Dancing by John E. Meuller: