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A Kiss in the Dark (1949)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 26 March 1949 (USA)
An exhausted concert pianist learns he is the owner of an apartment building; after being advised to move there to rest, he becomes involved in the lives of his eccentric tenants.

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Snooty concert pianist Eric Phillips is tired and beginning to fear he's losing his talent. His condition is not helped when he discovers he's the owner of an apartment building and the tenants have a long list of grievances. His manager suggests he move into the building for a rest, an idea that initially does not appeal to Eric. He begins to feel differently as he becomes involved in the lives of his eccentric tenants, especially a pretty model named Polly. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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26 March 1949 (USA)  »

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Um Beijo no Escuro  »

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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 21, 1950 with Jane Wyman reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

While in the nightclub, Jane Wyman is steadily sipping on the club's signature drink. The level of liquid continues to stay full after several sips. See more »

Quotes

Eric Phillips: [shouting over the loud music] What's it called?
Polly Haines: Music!
Eric Phillips: I can tell that by the instruments, but what's the name of it?
Polly Haines: Roll Me Up In Breadcrumbs, Daddy, Cause I Wanna Get Fried!
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Referenced in The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953) See more »

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A Kiss in the Dark
(uncredited)
Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva
[Sung by a chorus during the opening credits]
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Strained Whimsy
15 December 2003 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

Comedy is all about timing, of course, and Delmer Daves, the director has horrible timing and no feel for comedy. Scene after scene falls flat, some of which at least had the potential to be funny. He elicits an embarrassing performance from Broderick Crawford as an ill-tempered tenant who sleeps during the day, and yells at everyone with such murderous violence you fear he's going to go on a killing spree, when it's obviously a subplot that's supposed to be played for yuks. Niven, as the pampered pianist, and Wyman, as a down-to-earth print model, are likable as always (and Wyman displays fantastic legs wearing white shorts in one scene where Niven literally can't take his eyes off her) but they can only do so much with the middling material. Victor Moore supplies the film's only laughs as the curious little man who runs the apartment building, Willoughby.

Very familiar "Local Hero" plot line which I'm usually a sucker for but it requires a filmmaker with a much lighter touch.


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