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A Kiss for Corliss (1949)

 -  Comedy  -  25 November 1949 (USA)
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A teenage girl who has a crush on an older, more sophisticated man tells all her friends that the man is her boyfriend. Soon that story starts making its way around the town.

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Harry P. Archer
Virginia Welles ...
Mildred Pringle
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Dexter Franklin
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Mrs. Janet Archer
Robert Ellis ...
Raymond Pringle
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After a brief encounter with the romantic and thrice divorced Kenneth Marquis, Corliss Archer decides to write in her diary that they are together in order to make her boyfriend Dexter jealous. Corliss' father had also served as attorney representing Kenneth Marquis' ex-wife during his most recent divorce trial. When Corliss and Dexter don't come home one evening until five in the morning, Corliss decides to pretend to have amnesia to avoid the inevitable punishment awaiting her. The Archers then read Corliss' diary to her to help her remember the things that were important to her. After reading that she was dating Kenneth Marquis, they send for Marquis, who, in order to irritate Mr. Archer, whom he loathes, says that it's all true, and even gives the newspapers the story that they're engaged. Corliss, whose charade ends then, tries to tell everyone what really happened, but by that time, no one will believe her. The matter is complicated by the fact that Corliss' uncle, a navy ... Written by mdschick

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25 November 1949 (USA)  »

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This was Shirley Temple's last film and her only starring feature since 1934 which did not receive a contemporary New York Times review. See more »

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Corliss Archer: Dexter, you weren't with me tonight.
Dexter Franklin: Huh?
Corliss Archer: Well, there's no point in having Daddy tear you into little pieces. You know his temper.
Dexter Franklin: What are you going to tell him?
Corliss Archer: Oh, I'll think of something. Just remember, no matter what, you weren't with me tonight.
Dexter Franklin: I can't do it. I can't let you take the rap.
Corliss Archer: Oh, I'll figure out a story.
Dexter Franklin: When?
Corliss Archer: Oh, I don't know. Give me a minute to think! Oh, my mind's an absolute blank.
Dexter Franklin: If it isn't a blank now, it will be when your old man gets through with you.
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I could see why Temple called it quits after this one...
24 May 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This was Shirley Temple's final film, and when I saw it I could see why. While she had once been the top-grossing actress in Hollywood as a child, by the late 1940s, she wasn't commanding such huge salaries and the projects they gave her were often inferior. "A Kiss for Corliss" is a film that looks like it was designed a kooky sitcom--not the work for an accomplished actress.

As far as "A Kiss for Corliss" goes, it has a mildly interesting pedigree. Temple played the same character a few years earlier in "Kiss and Tell". Two other actresses later played the character on two short- lived television series--and perhaps their being short-lived is because the character was a bit annoying!

In this installment, Corliss is wooed by a creepy old guy (David Niven), though he really is doing this to bother Corliss' father*. Additionally, Corliss has some adventures with her boyfriend (Daryl Hickman) and as a character, she's very broadly written, insufferable, annoying and hard to believe. In fact, it was so bad that I almost expected to hear a laugh track in the film! I found Corliss so over- the-top and difficult to like that I can see exactly why she then walked away from her film career. In addition, how many times could they cast the very youthful looking Temple as a love interest in a May-December romance (such as in "That Hagan Girl" and "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer"--both films which are actually much better than this Corliss Archer film. Tough to like.

*Although Corliss was once again played by Temple, her family was oddly played by a different cast.


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