This chapter focuses on the Hollywood musicals of Cole Porter. Porter's homosexuality made him perfect for sexy, crazy musical comedy. A composer-lyricist, he wrote with the clear-eyed perspective of the outsider who learned to imitate the “normal” folk in order to survive, giving him comprehension of their ways that they themselves could not understand. Porter came from a wealthy Midwestern family with access to the fabled elite. He lived a post-Yale youth largely in Europe. He also had some classical training, was ambitious and artistic, and wanted popular success above all. The chapter considers films such as Anything Goes (1936), Born To Dance (1936), Broadway Melody (1940), Something To Shout About (1943), and High Society (1956).
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