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A Kiss for Corliss (1949)

Approved  |   |  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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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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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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Kenneth Marquis: [to Mr. Archer] Cheer up, old fellow. If providence should bless you with a grandson, we'll call the little stinker Harry P. Marquis.
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Shirley wraps it up with a minor harmless comedy
10 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Innocuous comedy with Shirley, looking lovely, appealing as Corliss Archer, a sometimes savvy but often slightly addle-pated teen. She's surrounded by a competent cast, handed some nonsensical situations too work with but doing their best with what's given. David Niven in particular has a meaningless role that is little more than a cameo.

The fact that Shirley was a grown woman in a troubled first marriage with a child didn't deter the film makers from casting her as a high school student and at twenty one she could still pull it off. This cute, featherweight trifle marked the end of her time as a professional actress. After years of holding sway at the top of the world box office polls Shirley had the timidity to grow up and as she did her career slowed and ultimately after this trifling comedy she chose to throw in the towel. Never the strongest dramatic actress she did possess quite a skillful comic touch and had she chosen to continue acting she probably would have been able to sustain her career for several more years. She had already been announced for her next film, Career Girl- which was never made, when she decided not to continue. Initially retiring to raise her young children she eventually re-entered the public sphere in politics, using her fame perhaps more effectively than any other celebrity in positive manner.

The film is nothing that hasn't been done time and again but it does provide a nice farewell to a leading light of the screen.


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