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You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story 

Biographical portrait of one of Broadway's most brilliant songwriters. Told through the use of archival material and interviews with the rich and famous that knew him, this portrait concentrates on his career and his public life events.

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Allan Albert

Writer:

Allan Albert
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Episode credited cast:
Bobby Short ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Adler ... Himself
Fred Astaire ... Himself (archive footage)
Kitty Carlisle ... Herself (as Kitty Carlisle Hart)
Saul Chaplin Saul Chaplin ... Himself
Cyd Charisse ... Herself
Maurice Chevalier ... Himself (archive footage)
Bing Crosby ... Himself (archive footage)
Alfred Drake ... Himself
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Himself
Michael Feinstein ... Himself
Ted Fetter Ted Fetter ... Himself
Judy Garland ... Herself (archive footage)
Brendan Gill Brendan Gill ... Himself
Cary Grant ... Himself (archive footage)
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Biographical portrait of one of Broadway's most brilliant songwriters. Told through the use of archival material and interviews with the rich and famous that knew him, this portrait concentrates on his career and his public life events.

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UK | USA

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English

Release Date:

23 July 1990 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Informative with a good deal of scarce footage
10 August 2007 | by donofthedialSee all my reviews

This just ran here in Los Angeles on KLCS, our tenth run PBS style station where we catch the stuff we missed the first nine times around.

This one told much of Cole Porter and had a lot of fine vintage footage from films, radio, television and elsewhere - virtually none of it properly identified. (Keenan Wynn and James Whitmore in color singing and dancing in a production number; Bob Hope and Ethel Merman recreating one of their numbers together 20 plus years later - sources unnamed.) This program had it's parts being far greater than the sum of it's parts. I can't call it a 'good' documentary on the whole, but offering what it does, it succeeds.

Yes, it is too short, but some of the interviews towards the end were not entrancing. BUT - they were informative.


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