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I could see why Temple called it quits after this one...
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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