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Cole Porter

He was one of the best songwriters of all time

And he got a ton of dick!

Any Cole fans here?

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by Anonymousreply 228February 27, 2023 8:30 PM

Me. He's the TopI

I'm a worthless check, a total wreck, a flop But if, baby, I'm the bottom, you're the top🎵

by Anonymousreply 1January 22, 2023 7:30 PM

I’m always true to you, darling, in my fashion!

by Anonymousreply 2January 22, 2023 7:32 PM

He always got good dick despite being leg-less

by Anonymousreply 3January 22, 2023 7:34 PM

Stop calling him gay! He was MARRIED!

by Anonymousreply 4January 22, 2023 7:38 PM

Love for sale Appetizing young love for sale If you want to buy my wares Follow me and climb the stairs Love for sale.

by Anonymousreply 5January 22, 2023 7:43 PM

Bet he wrote Love For Sale based on personal experiences

by Anonymousreply 6January 22, 2023 7:57 PM

He was one of the homeliest sophisticates of all time.

by Anonymousreply 7January 22, 2023 7:59 PM

I don't think he was that bad looking

by Anonymousreply 8January 22, 2023 8:05 PM

A dick-a-dick-a-dick-a-dick-a-dick .....

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by Anonymousreply 9January 22, 2023 8:41 PM

Blow, Gabriel. Blow

by Anonymousreply 10January 22, 2023 8:53 PM

^ What I said to my last boyfriend

by Anonymousreply 11January 22, 2023 9:05 PM

When Love Comes In, and Takes You For a Spin - Ooh La, La, La! C’est Manifique!!

by Anonymousreply 12January 22, 2023 9:18 PM

No fans of Red, Hot and Blue? A tribute album to Cole Porter in 1990. Featuring artists such as Sinead O'Conner, KD Lang, The Neville Brothers, Erasure, The Pogues, Tom Waits, and more! I wore that album out.

by Anonymousreply 13January 22, 2023 9:56 PM

We remember, r13...

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by Anonymousreply 14January 22, 2023 10:01 PM

Famous pimp Scotty Bowers claimed he procured about a dozen guys for Cole to blow one after the other.

by Anonymousreply 15January 22, 2023 10:03 PM

Major props for not suing Arthur Freed when he reworded "Be a Clown" into "Make 'Em Laugh."

by Anonymousreply 16January 22, 2023 10:05 PM

While Tearing off, A Game of Golf , I might make a play for the Caddie! But when I do, I never follow through - Because my Heart Belongs to Daddy!

by Anonymousreply 17January 22, 2023 10:20 PM

My version was "Make 'Em Crawl"!

by Anonymousreply 18January 22, 2023 10:24 PM

My personal favorite from Red, Hot + Blue...

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by Anonymousreply 19January 22, 2023 10:24 PM

He loved to take it up the butt!

by Anonymousreply 20January 22, 2023 11:04 PM


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by Anonymousreply 21January 22, 2023 11:07 PM


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by Anonymousreply 22January 22, 2023 11:09 PM

[quote] And he got a ton of dick!

An undocumented allegation with nil photographic evidence.

by Anonymousreply 23January 22, 2023 11:15 PM

R21, lol. Who posted that?

by Anonymousreply 24January 22, 2023 11:40 PM

Yay! Hey #22 - Thank you for posting Mary and her Finnen Haddie!! ^

by Anonymousreply 25January 23, 2023 2:18 AM

Alanis singing Let's Do It

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by Anonymousreply 26January 23, 2023 2:26 AM

R13 Who said there were no fans?

by Anonymousreply 27January 23, 2023 2:30 AM

His beautiful wife, Linda, was the love of his life!

by Anonymousreply 28January 23, 2023 3:06 AM

Have you heard? It’s in the stars - next July we collide with Mars! Well - Did you Evah! What a swell party this is!

by Anonymousreply 29January 23, 2023 4:03 AM

That's one of my favorites also, R19, but I might love this one just a little more.

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by Anonymousreply 30January 23, 2023 7:17 AM

R30 that’s my favorite from the album too. The video is also heartbreaking. I seem to recall that the little boy in those home movies is not Annie’s brother but is instead a famous gay movie director who may have died of AIDS.

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by Anonymousreply 31January 23, 2023 8:43 AM

Sorry, I should have read the YouTube description. They are home movies of Derek Jarman, who did die of AIDS.

by Anonymousreply 32January 23, 2023 8:54 AM

Got a lot of good dick and good blow.

by Anonymousreply 33January 23, 2023 8:59 AM

Red Hot and Blue was awesome

by Anonymousreply 34January 23, 2023 11:43 AM

Do do that voodoo that you do so well...

by Anonymousreply 35January 23, 2023 12:49 PM

I’m a Maid mad to marry and would take with no qualm - Any Tom, Dick or Harry any Harry, Dick or Tom!

by Anonymousreply 36January 23, 2023 5:09 PM

But if baby I’m the bottom, you’re the top

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by Anonymousreply 37January 23, 2023 6:20 PM

r36 Really?

by Anonymousreply 38January 23, 2023 7:44 PM

From this moment on You for me, dear Only two for tea, dear From this moment on From this happy day No more blue songs Only whoop-de-doo songs

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by Anonymousreply 39January 23, 2023 8:28 PM

If love affairs you like

With young bears you like,

Why nobody will oppose!

by Anonymousreply 40January 23, 2023 8:31 PM

Hard to believe this was even permitted in Kiss Me Kate:

When your baby is pleading for pleasure

Let her sample you Measure for Measure

And nowadays this would be literal violence:

If she says she won't buy it or like it

Make her tike it, what's more As You Like It

by Anonymousreply 41January 23, 2023 8:34 PM

Night & Day

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by Anonymousreply 42January 24, 2023 1:08 AM

He needs a good biopic. Night and Day and De Lovely both sucked

by Anonymousreply 43January 24, 2023 1:09 AM

Yes, one would normally expect an improvement after fifty years but they were both as clandestine, closeted and fake as each other.

by Anonymousreply 44January 24, 2023 3:24 AM

^ Agreed!

by Anonymousreply 45January 24, 2023 3:31 AM

The first one featured an elegant woman playing 'Mrs Cole Porter'.

The second one featured a chubby-cheeked, fat-faced frau.

by Anonymousreply 46January 24, 2023 3:36 AM


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by Anonymousreply 47January 24, 2023 3:45 AM

Looks sickly

by Anonymousreply 48January 24, 2023 3:55 AM


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by Anonymousreply 49January 24, 2023 3:57 AM


Absolutely, my favorite too.

by Anonymousreply 50January 24, 2023 5:38 AM

So, supposedly he leased Venice’s Ca’ Rezzonico for $4,000 a month, where he would compose in a ballroom hung with Tiepolos, employ 50 gondoliers to work as footmen, and deploy a troupe of high-wire walkers as an after-dinner diversion.


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by Anonymousreply 51January 24, 2023 6:26 AM

Oh, probably. It's at least as credible as today's billionaires having trips into space.

by Anonymousreply 52January 24, 2023 11:22 AM

If a dachshund in Berlin can, If a tomcat in Pekin can, If a crowded sardine in a tin can, Baby, you can can-can too.

by Anonymousreply 53January 24, 2023 12:42 PM

You can hear Vivienne Segal and Harold Lang in “Pal Joey” on Amazon Music. It’s delightful but it’s not Cole Porter.

by Anonymousreply 54January 24, 2023 1:04 PM

I'm sure those gondoliers were more than just "footmen"

by Anonymousreply 55January 24, 2023 2:24 PM

Was his wife a dyke?

by Anonymousreply 56January 24, 2023 7:04 PM

People who do List Songs are lazy lyricists.

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by Anonymousreply 57January 24, 2023 8:27 PM

But his list songs were good!

by Anonymousreply 58January 24, 2023 9:19 PM

You can't do a list song without a Rhyming Dictionary.

by Anonymousreply 59January 24, 2023 9:22 PM

The Incomparable...

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by Anonymousreply 60January 25, 2023 2:02 AM

Dolly recorded a bluegrass version of a Cole song.

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by Anonymousreply 61January 25, 2023 3:44 AM


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by Anonymousreply 62January 25, 2023 4:07 PM

Birds do it, bees do it

by Anonymousreply 63January 25, 2023 4:22 PM

He was my grandfather’s first cousin

by Anonymousreply 64January 25, 2023 4:30 PM

Banned from the radio for many years. It appears in MGM's anemic film version as instrumental background music.

This "just OK" version doesn't have all the lyrics .

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by Anonymousreply 65January 25, 2023 4:44 PM


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by Anonymousreply 66January 25, 2023 4:50 PM

r64, who inherited the estate?

by Anonymousreply 67January 25, 2023 5:52 PM

R64 None of my immediate family! I know he was infatuated (in a platonic sense) with his cousin Desdemona….so maybe her? We do have a few of his things, like his childhood (very uncomfortable) desk. Nothing of value and unfortunately none of his musical talent!

by Anonymousreply 68January 25, 2023 6:00 PM

Maybe he was just infatuated with her FABULOUS name!

by Anonymousreply 69January 25, 2023 6:37 PM

R69 my grandfather always said that Cole wrote Night and Day for her…..family lore, not sure if it’s true

by Anonymousreply 70January 25, 2023 6:41 PM

R69 ha! But yes, I like that theory!!! We need more Desdemonas in this world

by Anonymousreply 71January 25, 2023 6:42 PM

I thought Night and Day was inspired by his bf, Ed Tauch

by Anonymousreply 72January 25, 2023 6:44 PM

As I said, family lore…..

by Anonymousreply 73January 25, 2023 6:49 PM

Red Blues

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by Anonymousreply 74January 25, 2023 6:51 PM

R65 Why would 'Du Barry' be banned from the radio?

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by Anonymousreply 76January 25, 2023 9:23 PM

^ That should be DL's theme song

by Anonymousreply 77January 25, 2023 9:54 PM

They say that bears have love affairs

And even camels

We're merely mammals

Let's misbehave!!!

by Anonymousreply 78January 25, 2023 10:10 PM

r75 Read the lyrics and get back to us.

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by Anonymousreply 79January 25, 2023 10:12 PM

R78, that's one of my favorite Cole songs

by Anonymousreply 80January 25, 2023 11:35 PM

R70 I love that family lore tid bit you shared. I will not ever forget that. Porter was such a romantic, and it was so tragic and unfair that accident. He was one of the greatest songwriters and lyricists ever.

I wonder if So in love was also inspired by Desdemona ? Any family lore on that as well?

First time I heard it, it haunted me for months. It’s so very beautiful. I can never hear it without being totally emotionally affected by it.

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by Anonymousreply 81January 26, 2023 12:53 AM

The song lyric wasn't inspired by this Desdemona woman.

It was inspired by Jonah the Poolboy.

by Anonymousreply 82January 26, 2023 12:56 AM

R81 tomorrow I’ll ask my mom for more stories and post any tidbits I learn. You all would Love her, a true eccentric and a bit of a Forrest Gump having had randomly encountered Elvis, Timothy Leary, Tennessee Williams and others….

by Anonymousreply 83January 26, 2023 1:03 AM

He was one of the "mad queens" - he could never get enough dick.

by Anonymousreply 84January 26, 2023 1:07 AM

Oh I love this, R83! Thank you 😊

by Anonymousreply 85January 26, 2023 1:07 AM

Yes, thank you, r83.

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by Anonymousreply 86January 26, 2023 1:16 AM

Are the stories about him and Jack Cassidy true?

by Anonymousreply 87January 26, 2023 2:29 AM

If a Jap with a flap of her fan can baby you can can can too.

I assume it is cut but it is clever.

My favorite Porter song is Begin the Beguine so beautiful I can't believe somebody wrote it.

by Anonymousreply 88January 26, 2023 3:39 AM

[quote] He was my grandfather's first cousin.

R64 That makes Porter your first cousin twice removed. I can imagine a Porter lyric about a cousin twice removed...from a bar.

by Anonymousreply 89January 26, 2023 3:39 AM

R83 , would you please ask your mom about Cole's final resting place? The story I heard was he wanted to be buried in either New York or Paris but someone (his wife?) just had him buried in the family plot, on the cheap, out of greed.

by Anonymousreply 90January 26, 2023 8:42 AM

I would sacrifice anything come what might for the sake of having you near in spite of a warning voice that comes in the night and repeats and repeats in my ear don't you know little fool you never can win use your mentality wake up to reality but each time I do just the thought of you makes me stop before I begin cause I've got you under my skin.

All the great love songs are not about healthy love but obsession.

by Anonymousreply 91January 26, 2023 9:01 AM

Linda Porter died in '54. Cole in '64.

by Anonymousreply 92January 26, 2023 9:27 AM

In the Still of the Night is a masterpiece.

Do you love me As I love you? Are you my life to be My dream come true? Or will this dream of mine Fade out of sight? Like the moon growing dim On the rim of the hill In the chill still of the night?

by Anonymousreply 93January 26, 2023 12:21 PM

I've always loved that lyric too. And the music is beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 94January 26, 2023 1:40 PM

k.d. lang's version of So In Love is stunning. I want this to be played at my funeral.

Not only is it an exquisite version all on its own, but it may be the finest example of the heights that k.d.'s voice achieved. EVERYTHING here is perfection. Every note, every phrasing, her breath control.....FLAWLESS.

You may "MARY!" me all you want. I'll pay your round trip airfare to do it....I stand by this statement. FLAWLESS.

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by Anonymousreply 95January 26, 2023 2:52 PM

Everything But The Girl's first single, released.....*gasps* 40 years ago.

A jazz/pop classic as EBTG's entry in the eighties jazz/pop revival, the one that included Sade, EBTG, Alison Moyet (singing That Ole Devil Called Love) and the Style Council, among others.

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by Anonymousreply 96January 26, 2023 2:55 PM


You are so right.

by Anonymousreply 97January 26, 2023 9:25 PM


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by Anonymousreply 98January 26, 2023 9:35 PM

Loving all these musical clips so much! Thanks, all!

Can anyone post something from Out of This World, please?

by Anonymousreply 99January 26, 2023 9:51 PM

Here you go.

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by Anonymousreply 100January 26, 2023 10:10 PM

And another. One of the great list songs

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by Anonymousreply 101January 26, 2023 10:14 PM

David Burns and Charlotte Greenwood must have been magic.

Milton Berle oughta be you!

by Anonymousreply 102January 26, 2023 10:18 PM

R83 Mom didn’t have a whole lot but here are a few things…, -she was emphatic that he did indeed want to be buried in his hometown in the family plot. Used to joke that he’d have to be buried standing up as it was already so full. He loved Peru and used to sneak back home frequently…..interestingly enough felt he could just be himself there. Maintained strong friendships from childhood into adulthood and was genuinely beloved. She mentioned it’s an oddly phallic graveyard….. - Night and Day was definitely written for Desdemona, or ‘little Desi’ as he called her. They were extremely close until she, her husband and young child all died tragically from sleeping sickness, tb and spinal Meningitis… - he had a bar built into the back of his wheelchair

Sorry it’s not much, wish I had more for you. Next time I see some of my relatives from that side I’ll ask for more….my mom is big on broad sweeping feelings and not so much on specifics. His genuine kindness was mentioned multiple times

by Anonymousreply 103January 26, 2023 10:22 PM

There's a wonderful rendition (is that still a word?) of "From This Moment On" on that OUT OF THIS WORLD recording of the Encores concert sung by Marin Mazzie and Gregg Edelman.

Believe it or not, apparently, that fabulous song was cut from the show before it arrived on Broadway but it's been inserted in many other Cole Porter revivals since than as well as the KISS ME KATE film, of course. I'm so grateful Encores restored it to the score.

by Anonymousreply 104January 26, 2023 10:27 PM


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by Anonymousreply 105January 26, 2023 10:35 PM

Miss Eye Roll

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by Anonymousreply 106January 26, 2023 10:51 PM

[quote] One of the great list songs

The quintessential list song—

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by Anonymousreply 107January 26, 2023 10:54 PM


One of my father's favorite songs. It sounds happy, but then if you read the lyrics...

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by Anonymousreply 108January 26, 2023 11:38 PM

Was that during Cole's Japanoise period, r108?

by Anonymousreply 109January 26, 2023 11:45 PM

Didn't Cole Porter write Come to the Supermarket in Old Peking for a TV musical? Another list song. He was very good with them.

by Anonymousreply 110January 27, 2023 12:06 AM

R109 omg! I posted this on the wrong thread! Admin, if you will please remove! Or how can I?

by Anonymousreply 111January 27, 2023 12:13 AM

Sorry, r111, it's...forever.

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by Anonymousreply 113January 27, 2023 12:30 AM

Or an egg that's full of rusty cade??

What exactly is that lyric? I've never understood it but one of you queens will surely know.

by Anonymousreply 114January 27, 2023 12:48 AM

Rusty cade?

by Anonymousreply 115January 27, 2023 1:14 AM

"Or an egg that's more or less decayed"

by Anonymousreply 116January 27, 2023 1:31 AM

The song is from a TV version of Aladdin. With DL fave Sal Mineo. And that old queen, Cyril Ritchard.

by Anonymousreply 117January 27, 2023 1:33 AM

She mentioned it’s an oddly phallic graveyard….

R103 what does that mean?

by Anonymousreply 118January 27, 2023 1:34 AM

103 Her impression of the old (pre-Cole) stones, said they were unusually phallic and impossible not to notice. I’ve never been there myself

by Anonymousreply 119January 27, 2023 1:37 AM


Well I thought that was very interesting! So Night and Day WAS written for Desdemona. What a shame they all got sick like that. I'm all ears for anything else you share. Very interesting.

by Anonymousreply 120January 27, 2023 1:53 AM

No, it was not written for Desdemona....or any female

by Anonymousreply 121January 27, 2023 1:56 AM

Doris Day sings "Just One of Those Things" in male drag

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by Anonymousreply 122January 27, 2023 1:59 AM

Excuse me, r121, it was written for...


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by Anonymousreply 123January 27, 2023 2:03 AM

And Lena Horne (in her MGM debut) sings "Just One of Those Things" - (I think) her only movie song by Porter.

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by Anonymousreply 124January 27, 2023 2:03 AM

A very simple Porter song , from GAY DIVORCE

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by Anonymousreply 125January 27, 2023 2:07 AM

Cary Grant played him in the movie Night and Day 1946.

by Anonymousreply 126January 27, 2023 2:10 AM

I meant to add - even though it's a relatively simple song, its very direct and beautiful. One of my favorite Porter songs. Fred Astaire was uncertain about committing to GAY DIVORCE - he signed on after Porter performed this song for him. A shame it wasn't included in THE GAY DIVORCEE

" I could search years, but who else who change my tears into laughter , after you?"

by Anonymousreply 127January 27, 2023 2:13 AM

r101: I adore that song. I wish someone would write updated lyrics with modern references.

"City dump, oughta be you. Donald Trump, oughta be you"

by Anonymousreply 128January 27, 2023 2:17 AM

[quote] Cary Grant played him in the movie Night and Day 1946.

And did you find him in anyway credible?

by Anonymousreply 129January 27, 2023 2:17 AM

I know this doctor...

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by Anonymousreply 130January 27, 2023 2:23 AM

^ Another list song.

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by Anonymousreply 132January 27, 2023 3:08 AM

R118 I wondered the same thing so I looked up the Peru, Indiana graveyard. The stones are oddly shaped. I’m thinking this is what he meant.

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by Anonymousreply 133January 27, 2023 3:22 AM

^. That is bizarre. I've seen a similar one in an 1890s Methodist graveyard in Australia.

by Anonymousreply 134January 27, 2023 3:44 AM

Yeah, r133, I'd say so.

by Anonymousreply 135January 27, 2023 3:50 AM

[quote]Cary Grant played him in the movie Night and Day 1946.

Cary Grant played a highly fictionalized version of him in the movie Night and Day 1946.

by Anonymousreply 136January 27, 2023 4:35 AM

Both Cary Grant and Kevin Kline were wrong for Cole

by Anonymousreply 137January 27, 2023 11:02 AM

Nobody calls me and I object! Nobody calls me even collect!

by Anonymousreply 138January 27, 2023 11:05 AM

Each night I get the mirror from off the shelf/ Each night I'm getting queerer chasing myself.

by Anonymousreply 139January 27, 2023 12:50 PM

Old Miss Pringle just came back / With her child and the child is black . Well, did you evah! What a swell party this is!

by Anonymousreply 140January 27, 2023 1:07 PM

Interesting the dirty lines kept in the excellent '53 film version of Kiss Me Kate. And I'm not talking about Tom Dick or Harry.

by Anonymousreply 141January 27, 2023 1:16 PM

[quote]Both Cary Grant and Kevin Kline were wrong for Cole

Yes, but Peter Lorre didn't want to do it.

by Anonymousreply 142January 27, 2023 1:28 PM

OP you misspelt coal and that isn’t even a job anymore now that most people have oil furnaces.

by Anonymousreply 143January 27, 2023 1:45 PM

I think Jefferson May, David Hyde Pierce, and Michael Emerson at some point in their respective careers could have made a reasonable Porter in a biopic.

by Anonymousreply 144January 27, 2023 2:56 PM

Yeah, r144, they all would have been Socko at the B.O.

by Anonymousreply 145January 27, 2023 4:24 PM

Yes Night and Day was a big hit.

by Anonymousreply 146January 27, 2023 6:14 PM

I didn't say it was, r146.

by Anonymousreply 147January 27, 2023 6:17 PM

But it was. I meant because it had a big star like Cary Grant and many popular singers of the era. I was only reinforcing what you said. I know you were being sarcastic and Warner Bros proved you right. I guess I wasn't clear about that.

by Anonymousreply 148January 27, 2023 6:24 PM

Sorry, r148, I was thinking It's De-Lovely.

by Anonymousreply 149January 27, 2023 6:28 PM

I prefer Cole Slaw!

by Anonymousreply 150January 27, 2023 6:43 PM

With apologies to Merman and Patti Lu, this is the very best version of "I get a kick out of you." Porter was camp, but with soul — very hard to do.

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by Anonymousreply 151January 27, 2023 7:53 PM

Eileen Rodgers had a wonderful voice, r151.

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by Anonymousreply 152January 27, 2023 8:15 PM

R129 No but I'll watch Cary in anything.

by Anonymousreply 153January 27, 2023 8:49 PM

At the time the film of Night and Day premiered, the world really believed Cole Porter was as handsome and suave as Cary Grant. Based on his sophisticated and witty music and lyrics, and some blurry society column photos, nobody questioned that casting at the time. Alexis Smith was perfectly cast as his statuesque society wife Linda.

By 1994 when De-lovely premiered, the world was a lot wiser and nobody could accept the ultra sexy and sleek heterosexual Kevin Kline as gay Cole and even less, farm-fed girl next door Ashley Judd as his world-weary wife.

by Anonymousreply 154January 27, 2023 9:23 PM

Alexis Smith was not a good Linda, in real life Linda was practically old enough to be Cole's mom. The De-Lovely casting also failed to address this

by Anonymousreply 155January 27, 2023 9:57 PM

[quote] ultra sexy and sleek heterosexual Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline who starred in In or Out as a gay man?

And Kevin is....well, let's just say he may be somewhat or mostly heterosexual but not entirely.....

by Anonymousreply 156January 27, 2023 10:01 PM

r153=Randolph Scott

by Anonymousreply 157January 27, 2023 10:04 PM

In real life, r155, Linda was 8 years older than Cole. That's some young mother!

by Anonymousreply 158January 27, 2023 10:31 PM

I meant that Alexis Smith was ideal casting as Cole's wife in that she perfectly fit the image of what everyone wanted Linda to be like (based on Cole's music and public image), much as Cary fit the idealized image of Cole.

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by Anonymousreply 160January 28, 2023 12:54 AM

I really like the idea of going to a club and seeing Porter playing the piano, doing one of his songs, back in the 20s,as in Midnight in Paris.

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by Anonymousreply 162January 29, 2023 10:45 PM

^^ An expurgated version:

"Miss Elsa Maxwell so friends prattle/Got well goosed by dehorning her cattle"

"Don't inquire of Georgie Raft/Why his cow has never calfed/Georgie's bull is beautiful but he's gay!" {This seems a very early use of the word to mean homosexual.)

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by Anonymousreply 164January 30, 2023 1:41 AM

R163 George Raft is only mentioned because of his rhyming surname.

Cole Porter was a eunuch without his rhyming dictionary.

by Anonymousreply 165January 30, 2023 1:43 AM

Cole Porter loved My Fair Lady, had a permanent house seat. and went to it nearly every week for years.

by Anonymousreply 166January 30, 2023 1:51 AM

My Fair Lady had twelve brilliant songs in one three-hour show.

Cole Porter didn't do that.

by Anonymousreply 167January 30, 2023 1:54 AM

Yeah, if only Kiss Me Kate had a few good songs . . .

by Anonymousreply 168January 30, 2023 12:08 PM

I was going to say. KMK is chock full of terrific songs.

Sondheim also used a rhyming dictionary. So that's really all it takes to be a hit Broadway composer.

And I wouldn't have known a rhyming dictionary would have included Raft and calfed.

by Anonymousreply 169January 30, 2023 2:17 PM

I would guess that any good lyricist worth their salt uses a rhyming dictionary.

by Anonymousreply 170January 30, 2023 2:20 PM

What is a rhyming dictionary?

by Anonymousreply 171January 30, 2023 2:30 PM

What is a melody?

by Anonymousreply 172January 30, 2023 4:05 PM

What is musical comedy?

by Anonymousreply 173January 30, 2023 5:40 PM

Yeah, well...

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by Anonymousreply 174January 30, 2023 5:52 PM

So, two of Porter's greatest, most memorable songs, FROM THIS MOMENT ON and JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS, were cut from their original scores? What an abundance of treasures.

by Anonymousreply 175January 30, 2023 6:52 PM

Was From this Moment On cut from KMK but then made it into the movie? That's pretty unusual.

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by Anonymousreply 177January 30, 2023 7:05 PM

[quote] And I wouldn't have known a rhyming dictionary would have included Raft and calfed

You would if you listened to the words.

by Anonymousreply 178January 30, 2023 8:42 PM

rhyming dictionaries use movie stars' names? or rhymes like Blanche and avalanche?

by Anonymousreply 179January 30, 2023 8:48 PM

A highly coked up version of You're the Top.

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by Anonymousreply 180January 30, 2023 8:56 PM

Porter was like WS Gilbert.

He created crazy situations in order to get a rhyme.

by Anonymousreply 181January 30, 2023 9:00 PM

George Raft NEVER owned a cow.

by Anonymousreply 182January 30, 2023 9:01 PM

Elsa Maxwell never owned cattle, either.

Maybe that's part of the joke??

by Anonymousreply 183January 30, 2023 9:47 PM

Satchmo & Der Bingle...

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by Anonymousreply 184January 30, 2023 10:56 PM

He wrote his best songs in the 1920s.

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by Anonymousreply 187January 30, 2023 11:44 PM

Which is his best song?

The Beguine?

by Anonymousreply 188January 30, 2023 11:53 PM

My personal favorites are:

Night and Day

Let's Misbehave

Always True to You in My Fashion

Love For Sale

Anything Goes

by Anonymousreply 189January 30, 2023 11:56 PM

^ They're all from the 1930s?

by Anonymousreply 190January 30, 2023 11:59 PM

And you know exactly how?

by Anonymousreply 191January 31, 2023 12:47 AM

He wrote great songs from the 20s to the 50s. 4 decades of terrific work.

by Anonymousreply 192January 31, 2023 12:49 AM

Rebecca Luker did a nice album of Porter standards

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by Anonymousreply 193February 6, 2023 1:28 PM

Thank you, r193. That was absolutely enchanting!

The fact that Rebecca Luker is no longer with us is proof God does not exist.

by Anonymousreply 194February 6, 2023 2:53 PM

Way over orchestrated and orchestra too loud. It's in competition with her.

by Anonymousreply 195February 6, 2023 6:14 PM

Didn’t crazy John McGlinn make that album with Rebecca Luker?

by Anonymousreply 196February 6, 2023 6:24 PM

R196 I believe Patrick Brady and Larry Moore were the arrangers

by Anonymousreply 197February 6, 2023 9:47 PM

"If I didn't belong to a nation where people go from Poland to polo in one generation" The Boyfriend Back Home - 50 Million Frenchmen

"Garbo in Grable's tights ought to be you". Cherry Pies Ought To Be You - Out Of This World

Let’s speak of Lamarr, that Hedy so fair, Why does she let Joan Bennett wear all her old hair? If you know Garbo, then tell me this news, Is it a fact the Navy’s launched all her old shoes? Let's Talk About Love/Let's Not Talk About Love - Let's Face It - 1941

"...such as betting with Baby Brother to dowagers' maiden names..." My Cozy Little Corner in the Ritz - Hitchy-Koo of 1919

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by Anonymousreply 198February 23, 2023 3:54 AM

Was he an octoroon?

by Anonymousreply 199February 23, 2023 3:57 AM

[quote] Was he an octoroon?

No, actually, he was a baboon who, by light of the moon, blew his maroon bassoon whilst opportunely swooning and crooning his wahune.

by Anonymousreply 200February 23, 2023 11:27 PM

And the Wahunies just love their beguines.

by Anonymousreply 201February 24, 2023 2:48 AM

Nymph Errant

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by Anonymousreply 202February 24, 2023 3:08 AM

Poor Gertie, replaced for the second time by Ginger.

by Anonymousreply 203February 24, 2023 3:18 AM

[quote] replaced

That is the common theme for wonderful English performers who are brilliant on stage but are thoroughly ignored by the vulgar movie-men.

The same is true for the charming Peggy Ashcroft.

And the wonderful Margaret Leighton.

by Anonymousreply 204February 24, 2023 3:26 AM

R193 Is that raucous-looking woman holding a cigar?

by Anonymousreply 205February 24, 2023 5:21 AM

Cole Porter was a pole courter

by Anonymousreply 206February 24, 2023 6:25 AM

Leighton and Ashcroft were hardly ignored by the movies. But for the movies, I wouldn't have known about either of them.

by Anonymousreply 207February 24, 2023 11:49 AM

They look for a movie star quality which they didn't have but do give wonderful performances in the few they've made. Lawrence is very good in Glass Menagerie but the changes to the script and the director sunk that one.

Julie does a wonderful The Physician in Star! on the album.

Gertie in one of her most dazzling successes on stage was replaced in the film by DL superstar Norma Shearer. It's a very good movie actually.

by Anonymousreply 208February 24, 2023 1:53 PM

[quote] Leighton and Ashcroft were hardly ignored by the movies.

They most definitely were! Most of their great roles on stage were stolen by wishy-washy Deborah Kerr or Vivien Leigh.

[quote] But for the movies, I wouldn't have known about either of them.

Dear R207, that is a comment on you (and your youth or your ignorance) rather than the charm, intelligence, and discreet vibrancy of the intelligent Peggy Ashcroft or the elegant Margaret Leighton.

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by Anonymousreply 209February 24, 2023 9:01 PM


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by Anonymousreply 210February 24, 2023 9:33 PM

Peggy Ashcroft was extremely charming in a sweet scene as the crofter's wife in Alfred Hitchcock's 'The 39 Steps'. François Truffaut told Hitchcock that her scene was as affecting as the whole movie.

She also had some amusing scenes as a kooky 1940s version of a Social Justice Warrior in 'Quiet Wedding' a 'rom-com' directed by (homosexual) Antony Asquith) in 1941.

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by Anonymousreply 211February 24, 2023 9:34 PM

She also won an Oscar and oodles of other awards for A Passage to India.

by Anonymousreply 212February 24, 2023 10:26 PM

[quote] A Passage to India.

That one was the oddity where the roles were reversed.

It was offered to Deborah Kerr but she said no.

by Anonymousreply 213February 24, 2023 10:41 PM

I was just going to mention Ashcroft's unforgettable cameo in The 39 Steps, r211. Lovely actress, like no other really.

by Anonymousreply 214February 24, 2023 10:57 PM

Would have been odd to see young Peggy rolling around on the beach with Burt.

by Anonymousreply 215February 25, 2023 12:15 AM

R215 Peggy was mature woman at that stage.

Peggy had a bust— unlike the slim-hipped Deborah.

by Anonymousreply 216February 25, 2023 12:17 AM

Any info on Cole's pole or his hole?

by Anonymousreply 217February 25, 2023 12:21 AM

[quote] Peggy rolling around

Vulgar gossips (such as the late Donald Spoto) loved to insist that Peggy rolled around with Max Reinhardt and her Othello.

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by Anonymousreply 218February 25, 2023 12:28 AM

I was hoping to see Peggy in All's Well when it came to New York but she decided not to come. I wonder why Kerr would have turned down the role in Passage.

by Anonymousreply 219February 25, 2023 12:38 AM

Florida when it rains ought to be you.

by Anonymousreply 220February 25, 2023 12:42 AM

R219 She also turned down the role of Mrs Maudsley in 'Go-Between'.

As far as I'm concerned Deborah Kerr was still a good-looking woman at age 51 and not suitable to play the mother to 31 year old Julie Christie.

Christie had a drooping lower lip and what I call a slovenly look to her face.

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by Anonymousreply 222February 25, 2023 12:53 AM

I have associated this song with AIDS since

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by Anonymousreply 223February 25, 2023 5:15 AM

Silk Stockings is one of my favorite movies but I've never heard that before. The film has a fraction of that. I wonder if it was all filmed and it still exists. They should have had it as an extra on the dvd and bluray.

by Anonymousreply 224February 25, 2023 10:40 AM

Margaret Leighton's performance in THE GO-BETWEEN was ruined by her ridiculous wigs that looked like whipped cheese towers.

by Anonymousreply 225February 25, 2023 2:10 PM

Kevin Kline and John Barrowman sing Cole Porter's "Night and Day".

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by Anonymousreply 226February 25, 2023 3:34 PM

Pole Courter: his porn name...

by Anonymousreply 227February 25, 2023 11:41 PM

Diane Schuur singing "Love For Sale."

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