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You're The Top: The Cole Porter Story (#504)

"Night and Day," "I Get a Kick You of You," "You're the Top," "Begin the Beguine," "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" - some of the cleverest, funniest and most romantic songs ever written came from the pen of Cole Porter. Outwardly a sophisticated bon vivant and international partygoer, he was also a dedicated musical professional who routinely spent hours agonizing over a single rhyme or musical transition. The life and legacy of America's most sophisticated songwriter is the subject of this documentary, which features interviews with the performers and artists who knew Porter best and more than 20 classic performances from his movie musicals. [57 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: AMERICAN MASTERS is an ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists. Created in 1984 by Susan Lacy and produced by Thirteen/WNET for national public television, the series is both a celebration and an exploration of creativity in America. Consisting of more than 250 hours of programming to date, AMERICAN MASTERS is a growing film library documenting the role important individuals, groups, and movements have played in the formation of our cultural identity.

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