YMMV / Cole Porter

  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: "I Get a Kick Out of You" originally contained a reference to Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of Charles. Porter changed the lyrics himself to remove the reference after her infant son was kidnapped and murdered.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Hays Office insisted that The Gay Divorce be renamed... to The Gay Divorcee, because while a divorcee could be happy, a divorce should be a somber matter. One imagines that Porter was quite amused by the Double Entendre that emerged in the subsequent decades- assuming that the title wasn't a Censor Decoy to begin with, as Have a Gay Old Time had already set in for the trope namer by the 30's.
  • Painful Rhyme: All the rhymes can't be good, you've got to expect that sometimes.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: it is hard for modern audiences to realize just how daring Porter was in his time.
  • Signature Song: "Night and Day", "Begin the Beguine", "I Get a Kick Out of You", and "I've Got You Under My Skin", among others.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Cole Porter's failed attempt to do rock 'n' roll in his 1957 song "The Ritz Roll and Rock".