Kiss Them for Me (1957)

Kiss Them for Me (1957)

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Luther Davis' racy wartime comedy Kiss Them for Me was expurgated a bit for the 1957 film version. Cary Grant, Ray Walston and Larry Blyden portray three navy war heroes who've been booked on a morale-building "vacation" in San Francisco. Eluding their ulcerated public relations officer (Werner Klemperer), the trio arranges a wild party with plenty of pretty girls. Cary Grant is paired with knockout Suzy Parker, an icy socialite who eventually thaws under his charms. Also on hand is Jayne Mansfield, playing a "good time girl" whose profession was a bit more explicit in the original play; the role was originated by Judy Holliday, who brought a wistfulness to the character that Ms. Mansfield couldn't quite manage. TV sitcom fans will get a kick out of the supporting cast of Kiss Them For Me: Ray Walston, later star of My Favorite Martian plays a libertine navy officer; Werner Klemperer, shorn of the accent he'd use as Colonel Klink in Hogan's Heroes, is hilarious as the flustered p.r. man; and Richard Deacon (Leave It to Beaver, The Dick Van Dyke Show) pops up unbilled as a dour businessman who can't understand the war-hero mystique.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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20th Century Fox Film Corporat

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Cast

Cary Grant
as Cmdr. Andy Crewson
Jayne Mansfield
as Alice Kratzner
Suzy Parker
as Gwinneth Livingston
Leif Erickson
as Eddie Turnbill
Ray Walston
as Lt. `Mac' McCann
Larry Blyden
as Mississip
Nathaniel Frey
as C.P.O. Ruddle
Werner Klemperer
as Cmdr. Wallace
Jack Mullaney
as Ens. Lewis
Ben Wright
as RAF Pilot
Michael Ross
as Gunner
Harry Carey Jr.
as Roundtree
Frank Nelson
as Neilson
Ann McCrea
as Lucille
John Doucette
as Shore Patrol Lieutenant
Kip King
as Marine
Robert St. Angelo
as Hotel Porter
Barbara Gould
as WAC Corporal
Mike Mahoney
as Marine
Sue Collier
as Girl at Party
Jan Reeves
as Blonde
Peter Leeds
as Reporter
Jonathan Hale
as Nightclub Manager
Hal Baylor
as Big Marine
William Phipps
as Lt. Hendricks
Ray Montgomery
as Lt. j.g.
Larry Lo Verde
as C.P.O., Submarine
Robert Sherman
as War Correspondent
Harry Carter
as War Correspondent
Deborah Kerr
as Gwinneth Livingston
Richard Shannon
as War Correspondent
Kathleen Freeman
as Nurse Wilinski
Nancy Kulp
as Wave at Switchboard
Richard Deacon
as Hotchkiss
Maudie Prickett
as Chief Nurse
Linc Foster
as Copilot
Bill Suiter
as Bellhop
James F. Stone
as Bellhop
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Critic Reviews for Kiss Them for Me

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Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Somehow all the glibness never translates to funny.

Full Review… | August 21, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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Full Review… | August 9, 2005
Empire Magazine

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Full Review… | February 5, 2004
Film4

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February 5, 2004
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Kiss Them for Me

Not particularly interesting, but they did a really good job of recreating the look and feel of 1944. Granted this was only 13 years later, but it looks authentic and they did a really good job of interspersing real war footage with the film.

Jeff Bachman
Jeff Bachman

This movie had the potential to be a great movie, but I think maybe the scriptwriters got carried away or something because it doesn't go anywhere. It has some good stars, but it lacks any interesting situations or anything. It's okay, but it really should have been made better.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

I came here to get drunk and chase girls A group of military men are allowed four days leave to party and enjoy themselves. They obtain a hotel room and quickly after arriving, the leader of the group, Andy Crewson, meets a girl. He wants to spend as much time as possible with this girl but numerous people keep pressuring him and his friends to provide reports on the war. Will the men ever be able to relax and enjoy themselves? "Any sharks?" "Just one, probably a female by the way she nuzzled me." Stanley Donen, director of Give a Girl a Break, Funny Face, Charade, Two for the Road, Lucky Lady, The Little Prince, and Blame it on Rio, delivers Kiss them for Me. The storyline for this picture is fairly straightforward and limited. The display of the troops on leave was interesting, the script was well written, and the cast was marvelous. The cast includes Cary Grant, Jayne Mansfield, Leif Erickson, and Suzy Parker. "Everybody is selling things to everyone else." I am a huge Cary Grant fan and came across this picture the other day and had to DVR it. While I enjoyed this picture, I did not feel fulfilled by the conclusion. Ultimately, I believe Grant remained a playboy and never returned to Parker's character. Overall, this is definitely worth seeing as Grant delivers another captivating performance; however, this is definitely not his best picture. "True love always fades but money stays green." Grade: B-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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