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The Kiss (1929)

Passed  -  Romance | Drama  -  16 November 1929 (USA)
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Irene is unhappily married to an older businessman, but very much in love with a handsome young lawyer. He doesn't want to add to her unhappiness by ruining her marriage; she is terrified ... See full summary »

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Irene
Conrad Nagel ...
André
Anders Randolf ...
Guarry
Holmes Herbert ...
Lassalle
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Pierre
George Davis ...
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Irene is unhappily married to an older businessman, but very much in love with a handsome young lawyer. He doesn't want to add to her unhappiness by ruining her marriage; she is terrified of her husband's jealousy and anger. They decide to stop seeing each other, and she bides her time with Pierre, a young friend of the family who walks their dogs and is in puppy love with Irene. When Pierre is about to leave for college, he begs her for a goodbye kiss. She agrees, and who should walk in while it is happening, but her ailing and financially distraught husband... Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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16 November 1929 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric System) (musical score and sound effects)|

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"Love's First Kiss" with music by William Axt & David Mendoza and lyrics by Raymond Klages was a song published to promote the picture. See more »

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Featured in Glorious Technicolor (1998) See more »

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Prelude Melodique
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Music by Paul Fauchey
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Good Silent
12 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Kiss, The (1929)

*** (out of 4)

A flirtatious married woman (Greta Garbo) has an innocent relationship with a young kid (Lew Ayres) but when she gives him a friendly kiss goodbye tragedy follows. The main highlight here is Garbo, in her final silent and Ayres, in his film debut and their chemistry together. The two work remarkably well together and their innocent relationship really comes off as fun. The "tragedy" that happens plays out well but the really poor direction by Jacques Feyder kills this from being better. The TCM print ran 62 minutes but Maltin's book lists the running time at 82 minutes. I don't think anything was cut but instead they played the film at a higher FPS rate. This was also MGM's final silent picture.


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