An American girl is in a small South American village which is celebrating San Marcos Day. The rebels, led by old El Toro and his young Lieutenant, occupy the village. El Toro has an eye ...
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An American girl is in a small South American village which is celebrating San Marcos Day. The rebels, led by old El Toro and his young Lieutenant, occupy the village. El Toro has an eye for the ladies. The Lieutenant and the girl sing love songs to each other and as the government troops approach, they part. Written by
Tony Fontana <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kissing Time with five songs by composer Cliff Hess packed into its 20 or so minute running time is a miniature operetta where an American girl on vacation in the mythical Republic of San Marcos in South America falls in a quick courtship for a young lieutenant in the revolutionary army trying to seize the country. The problem is that the fat and definitely unappealing would be dictator and head of the revolution gets some eyes for the girl himself.
The girl, the lieutenant, and the would be dictator are played by Jane Froman, Georges Metaxa, and Don Pelayo. Both Froman and Metaxa were better known as nightclub, radio, and Broadway performers, hence the generic title for these short subjects, Broadway Brevities.
Of course Froman was immortalized by her struggle for a show business comeback and for a while, life itself, so eloquently dramatized in With A Song In My Heart. Susan Hayward with Jane Froman's voice has given Froman her image for now and all time in that film. Froman was quite a beautiful woman herself and sang divinely.
Metaxa had some success on Broadway and did some films, but was never any kind of big star on the cinema. He's best known on Broadway for playing the lead in The Cat And The Fiddle, the Jerome Kern-Otto Harbach musical where Ramon Novarro did Metaxa's part opposite Jeanette MacDonald over at MGM.
Both Froman and Metaxa are shown to good advantage and Don Pelayo is funny as the amorous would be dictator. A couple of fine performers preserved in this short subject, Kissing Time.
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