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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

Language:

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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The Best Cole Porter Biography is Good Indeed
26 May 2007 | by jacksflicksSee all my reviews

I can't believe the low score! If you want a three-dimensional portrait of Cole Porter, then this is the best source. We see archival footage and photos that cover Porter's personal life as well as his career. From Kitty Carlyle Hart to Brendan Gill to Bobby Short, friends, family, critics and fellow artists provide invaluable insights into the man, how he grew up, worked and played, particularly his sexuality, which neither of the Hollywood biopics has had the guts to explore frankly. Furthermore, this video skillfully evokes a world where elegance and wit were cultural norm, where someone like Cole Porter could thrive. Alas, thanks to the mediocritizing influence of television and pop culture, that time has long gone. Those who do not care for or do not understand You're the Top say more about themselves than about this fine biography.


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