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1900 - 2000


Music in Films

Cole Porter
1891 - 1964


Porter's film music

Cole Porter, in full Cole Albert Porter, (born June 9, 1891, Peru, Indiana, U.S.—died October 15, 1964, Santa Monica, California), American composer and lyricist who brought a worldly élan to the American musical and who embodied in his life the sophistication of his songs.

Porter was the grandson of a millionaire speculator, and the moderately affluent circumstances of his life probably contributed to the poise and urbanity of his musical style. He began violin study at the age of six and piano at eight; he composed an operetta in the style of Gilbert and Sullivan at 10 and saw his first composition, a waltz, published a year later. As a student at Yale University (B.A., 1913), he composed about 300 songs, including “Eli,” “Bulldog,” and “Bingo Eli Yale,” and wrote college shows; later he studied at Harvard Law School (1914) and Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in music (1915–16). He made his Broadway debut with the musical comedy See America First (1916), which, however, closed after 15 performances.


In 1928 Porter composed several songs for the Broadway success Paris, and this led to a string of hit musical comedies, including Fifty Million Frenchmen (1929), Gay Divorcée (1932), Anything Goes (1934), Red, Hot and Blue (1934), Jubilee (1935), Dubarry Was a Lady (1939), Panama Hattie (1940), Kiss Me, Kate (1948, based on William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew), Can-Can (1953), and Silk Stockings (1955). He concurrently worked on a number of motion pictures.

Over the years, Porter wrote such glittering songs and lyrics as “Night and Day,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “Begin the Beguine,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “In the Still of the Night,” “Just One of Those Things,” “Love for Sale,” “My Heart Belongs to Daddy,” “Too Darn Hot,” “It’s Delovely,” “I Concentrate on You,” “Always True to You in My Fashion,” and “I Love Paris.” He was especially adept at the catalog song, his best-known efforts being “Let’s Do It” and “You’re the Top.”

Cole Porter – Cole Porter On Air, 16 Jazz Hits
00:00 - Night and Day - Jimmy Raney
04:24 - I Love Paris - Annie Ross
06:43 - Beguin the Beguine - The Andrews Sisters
09:28 - I Get a Kick Out of You - Chris Connor
11:22 - Silk Stockings - Tommy Dorsey
14:15 - My Heart Belongs to Daddy - Ella Fitzgerald
16:59 - Let's Do It - Peggy Lee
19:03 - You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to - Six Hits & a Miss
21:53 - I Concentrate On You - Howard McGhee
26:00 - Give Him the Ooh La La - Blossom Dearie
28:40 - You're the Top - Anita O'Day
31:07 - All of You - Nancy Wilson
32:57 - What Is This Thing Called Love? - The Mel Tones
35:55 - Easy to Love - Bobby Jaspar
38:52 - Love for Sale - Jimmy Raney
41:55 - Everytime We Say Goodbye - The Four Freshmen

Ella Fitzgerald Sings Cole Porter 
00:00 - All Through the Night
03:17 - Anything Goes
06:40 - Miss Otis Regrets
09:43 - Too Darn Hot
13:33 - In the Still of the Night
16:13 - I Get a Kick Out of You
20:15 - Do I Love You
24:06 - Always True to You in My Fashion
26:57 - Let's Do It 
30:32 - Just One of Those Things
34:04 - Everyttime We Say Goodbye
37:39 - All of You
39:24 - Begin the Beguine
43:04 - Get Out of Town
46:29 - I Am in Love
50:38 - From This Moment On

                 Best Of Cole Porte

1936 Born to Dance
1937 Rosalie
1939 Broadway Melody Of 1940 
1941 You’ll Never Get Rich
1943 Du Barry Was a Lady 
1948 The Pirate 
1956 High Society
1957 Les Girls


Born to Dance 

Born to Dance is an American musical film starring Eleanor Powell and James Stewart, directed by Roy Del Ruth and released in 1936 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The score was composed by Cole Porter.

Dancing Feet (1936) 

Born to Dance (1936) – Jimmy Stewart - Easy To Love

Eleanor Powell - Born to Dance (1936) - Rap, Tap on Wood

Born to Dance (1936) Theatrical Trailer

Eleanor Powell - Dance Finale from "Born to Dance" - 1936



Rosalie is a 1937 American film adaptation of the 1928 stage musical of the same name. The film was released in December 1937. The film follows the story of the musical, but replaces most of the Broadway score with new songs by Cole Porter. The story involves the romantic entanglements of a princess in disguise and a West Point cadet.

Rosalie (1937) Official Trailer - Nelson Eddy, Eleanor Powell

Eleanor Powell - I've a Strange New Rhythm in My - From Rosalie(1937)

Vera Lynn - Rosalie 
"Rosalie" is a 1937 song by Cole Porter   from film Rosalie.

Eleanor Powell: Rosalie (1937)

Nelson Eddy's Movie Songbook - Songs from 'Rosalie'

Rosalie - Sammy Kaye (Tommy Ryan, voca)
Cole Porter’s 1937 re-scoring of the 1928 stage musical “Rosalie”


Broadway Melody of 1940

Broadway Melody of 1940 is a 1940 MGM film musical starring Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell and George Murphy. It was directed by Norman Taurog and features music by Cole Porter, including "Begin the Beguine".

Broadway Melody Of 1940


You'll Never Get Rich 

You'll Never Get Rich (Columbia Pictures) is a 1941 Hollywood musical comedy film with a wartime theme starring Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Robert Benchley, Cliff Nazarro, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The film was directed by Sidney Lanfield. The title stems from an old Army song which includes lyrics "You'll never get rich / by digging a ditch / you're in the Army now!"

This was Hayworth's first starring role in a big budgeted film from her home studio Columbia Pictures. While the film was in production Life Magazine put her on its cover, and featured inside a photo of Hayworth kneeling on a bed in a nightgown, which soon became one of the most widely distributed pin-ups of all time. Hayworth cooperated enthusiastically with Astaire's intense rehearsal habits, and was later to remark: "I guess the only jewels in my life are the pictures I made with Fred Astaire". The picture was very successful at the box office, turning Hayworth into a major star, and provided a welcome boost to Astaire who felt his career had flagged since breaking with Ginger Rogers.

One of the film's songs, Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.


Du Barry Was a Lady

Du Barry Was a Lady is a 1943 American musical comedy film, starring Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly and Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra. It is based on the 1939 stage musical of the same name. Shot in Technicolor, the film was directed by Roy Del Ruth and produced and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Du Barry Was A Lady - Trailer - 1943

Lucille Ball Songs - Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)


The Pirate

The Pirate is a 1948 American musical film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. With songs by Cole Porter, it stars Judy Garland and Gene Kelly with costars Walter Slezak, Gladys Cooper, Reginald Owen, and George Zucco.

The Pirate (1948) Official Trailer - Gene Kelly 

Judy Garland "Mac the Black" from "The Pirate" 1948

The Pirate Ballet (1948) Gene Kelly & Judy Garland

Judy Garland - Mack the Black - The Pirate (1948)


High Society

High Society is a 1956 American romantic musical comedy film directed by Charles Walters and starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra. The film was produced by Sol C. Siegel for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and shot in VistaVision and Technicolor, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter.

The film is a musical remake of the 1940 film The Philadelphia Story starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart, which was based on the play The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry (which had starred Hepburn on Broadway). High Society's screenplay was written by John Patrick and involves a successful popular jazz musician (Bing Crosby) who tries to win back the affections of his ex-wife (Grace Kelly), who is preparing to marry another man. The cast also features Celeste Holm, John Lund and Louis Calhern, in his final film, with a musical contribution by Louis Armstrong.

High Society was the last film appearance of Grace Kelly, before she became Princess consort of Monaco.

High Society - Original Trailer 1956

High Society - What a Swell Party

Frank Sinatra - Who Wants to be a Millionaire (Soundtrack High Society) High Quality

Bing Crosby Little one High Society

Bing Crosby Grace Kelly 'True Love'

Movie Trailer High Society 1956

Grace Kelly in High Society 1956

High Society (1956) Beginning & End with Louis Armstrong & his Band

Frank sinatra You're Sensational From High Society

High Society - Now You Have Jazz


Les Girls

Les Girls, also known as Cole Porter's Les Girls, is a 1957 musical comedy film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by George Cukor and produced by Sol C. Siegel, with Saul Chaplin as associate producer. The screenplay was by John Patrick, based on a story by Vera Caspary. The music and lyrics were by Cole Porter.

It stars Gene Kelly, Kay Kendall, Mitzi Gaynor and Taina Elg, and the cast also includes Jacques Bergerac, Leslie Phillips, Henry Daniell and Patrick Macnee.

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