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When popular singer Dino (Dean Martin) stops for gas in a small town near Las Vegas, mechanic Barney (Cliff Osmond) disables his car. Barney, who writes songs with local teacher Orville (Ray Walston), wants Dino to sing some of their compositions. Orville invites Dino over, but sends his wife, Zelda (Felicia Farr), away so Dino can't hit on her. He then hires prostitute Polly (Kim Novak) to play his wife. Meanwhile, Zelda goes to a bar, where she gets drunk and eventually meets a lonely Dino.

Cast & Crew

Kim Novak
Polly the Pistol, Zelda
Ray Walston
Orville J. Spooner
Felicia Farr
Zelda 'Lambchop' Spooner, Polly the Pistol
Doro Merande
Mrs. Pettibone
Howard McNear
Mr. Pettibone
Tom Nolan
Johnnie Mulligan
Alice Pearce
Mrs. Mulligan
John Fiedler
Reverend Carruthers
Mel Blanc
Dr. Sheldrake
I.A.L. Diamond
Associate Producer
Doane Harrison
Associate Producer
André Previn
Original Music
George Gershwin
Non-Original Music
Joseph LaShelle
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for Kiss Me, Stupid

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (7)

  • If the result isn't as hilarious as it should ideally be, it does nevertheless have moments of being very funny indeed; and it is always fascinatingly watchable.

    March 17, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Though Kiss Me, Stupid has the structure and comic beats of a classic bedroom farce, it's an overwhelmingly cynical assessment of male jealousy and exploitation.

    February 18, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Wilder, usually a director of considerable flair and inventiveness -- has not been able this time out to rise above a basically vulgar, as well as creatively delinquent, screenplay...

    August 15, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Characteristically cynical, clever and brash, it's helped out enormously by the performances of Martin, Farr and (particularly) Novak...

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Undeniably lewd, Kiss Me, Stupid exemplifies the go-go Rat Pack sexual sensibilities that fed the American appetite in the dawn of the sexual revolution.

    March 10, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Stunningly subversive, even for Wilder.

    October 3, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Kiss Me, Stupid

  • Dec 15, 2010
    The script starts brilliantly but screws it up around the corner, Kim Novak can't act and Ray Walston should not sing... Really! Then why this movie still feels like a classic? Billy Wilder can't fail: Dean Martin deconstructs his own image as "Dino" and Cliff Osmond proves to be quite the talent. The movie surprises you when you least expect it- I <3 billy !!!
    Anastasia B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    A funny flick from Wilder, but it's not one of his best, the story is pretty average. It's pretty good, and sometimes pretty funny, but it could be better.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2010
    Coarse, leeing and jejune this borderline idiotic enterprise is unbelievably the joint effort of the usually sterling team of Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond who were WAY off their game here. Cast of fine actors are directed to make fools of themselves with Ray Walston's character being particularly infantile. A notorious flop in it's day whatever Wilder, a master of dark satire, is trying to portray or lampoon in this vulgar mess is hard to ascertain. A miss.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2008
    The plot description as it is currently written is correct to say the plot is contorted. Kim Novak is totally seductive with her low smoky voice and cleavage exposing wardrobe. Her character Polly is supposed to have a cold so her voice is even more nasally and syrupy. Ray Walston's wife as played by Farr is also just as attrative. Walston plays Orville Spooner as an extremely jealous and paranoid piano teacher who has a Betthoven sweater, a Mozart sweater, and a Brahms sweater. He's another square character in a Billy Wilder movie of the swingin' sixties. Osmond works a gas station across the street from Walston's character and plays an amateur lyricist partner to Walston's composer. Dean Martin plays Dino, or himself, if not slightly more drunk and more of a womanizer than he may have been in real life. Dino passes through the little desert town of Climax and is stranded. The song writing duo want to take advantage of the opportunity to sell a song or two and set up a scheme to try and make Dino feel comfortable. Spooner gets his wife out of the house and hires Polly from a local Hooters type bar to pretend to be his wife so he doesn't feel guilty about offering her to Dino to sweeten the deal on buying a song. They have their fantasy marriage for a night and Spooner is such a gentleman he realizes he can't even let Dino have an affair with his fake wife. Spooner treats her honorably eventually, so she won't take payment and they feel like they really were husband and wife for this one night. Meanwhile Spooner's wife ends up drunk at the bar and is taken to sleep in Polly's trailer. Dino thinks all along that Polly was Spooner's wife and shows up at the bar later. He finds out from the bartender that Polly is what he's looking for and heads to the trailer where he thinks Spooner's real wife is Polly. Now there was an alternate scene on the DVD I saw, so maybe something happened in the trailer or maybe it didn't. Well, the writing and performances aren't of the best quality, but it seems everyone involved is having fun.
    Byron B Super Reviewer

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