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The Kiss (1929)

Passed | | Romance, Drama | 16 November 1929 (USA)
An unhappily married woman is caught up in scandal and murder when her affection toward a young man is misinterpreted.

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André
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Guarry
Holmes Herbert ...
Lassalle
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Pierre
George Davis ...
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Storyline

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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Romance | Drama

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16 November 1929 (USA)  »

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Kysset  »

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$257,000 (estimated)
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(TCM print)

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

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

"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 »

Goofs

In the opening credits, the name of André, Conrad Nagel's character, is spelled "Ardré." See more »

Quotes

André: Irene - we can't go on meeting like this.
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Featured in Glorious Technicolor (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

The Midnight Parade
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Music by Paul Marquardt
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Stylish silent melodrama- Garbo's last
6 August 2002 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This is a relatively short film - 64 minutes - but quite stylish in the glossy MGM manner. Garbo is quite fine as is everyone in the cast, especially the young Lew Ayres, who is quite a natural young actor his first time out. There is a lovely Vitaphone musical track with sound effects (a shot, a ringing phone) that adds immensely to the atmosphere. The cinematography is quite fine with many, many tracking shots and some superb close-ups. Some of the images last forever: Garbo at her mirror; her arrival at the dog show reflected in a glass door; the slow pull back from the closed door at the sound of the gun shot; a clock whose hands keep going forward and backward, indicating Garbo's indecision, Garbo all in black in the witness box with Nagel's head in the lower right hand corner of the screen - just stunning compositions. It is tautly and romantically directed and is a real winner. Worth seeking out.


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