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It Started with a Kiss (1959)

Unrated | | Comedy, Romance | 4 September 1959 (USA)
Air Force Sgt. Joe Fitzpatrick meets and marries a beautiful model, Maggie Putnam, on the eve of being shipped off to Spain. When the new Mrs. Fitzpatrick waits to join her husband, she ... See full summary »

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Sgt. Joe Fitzpatrick
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Maggie Putnam
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Marquesa Marion de la Rey
Gustavo Rojo ...
Antonio Soriano
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Maj. Gen. Tim O'Connell
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Congressman Richard Tappe
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Charles Meriden (as Henry 'Harry' Morgan)
Robert Warwick ...
Congressman Muir
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Mrs. Tappe
Netta Packer ...
Mrs. Muir
Robert Cunningham ...
The Major
Alice Backes ...
Sally Meriden
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Air Force Sgt. Joe Fitzpatrick meets and marries a beautiful model, Maggie Putnam, on the eve of being shipped off to Spain. When the new Mrs. Fitzpatrick waits to join her husband, she promises him in a letter "the most wonderful surprise that could happen to two people." Joe naturally assumes that she's pregnant, but the surprise turns out to be a fabulous new car that he won in a raffle. His new bride and car win him the scorn and jealousy of Spain's most famous toreador, not to mention the suspicions of his commanding officer. Written by Adam Thomas <summoner@cyberspace.org>

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4 September 1959 (USA)  »

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Comenzó con un beso  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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The car that Glenn Ford wins is a 1955 Lincoln Futura, the one-off concept car that ultimately became the Batmobile on Batman (1966). See more »

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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #10.22 (1960) See more »

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It Started with a Kiss
Music by Rudy Render
Lyrics by Charles Lederer
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Stunning concept car outshines the usual dull Hollywood clichés.
29 July 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

I missed this one when it was released, being warned away by mostly negative reviews and the objections of the Catholic censorship body of the time. (I believe some facsimile had replaced the dreaded Legion of Decency by 1959, the year of its release.) The prudes objected to the generally "suggestive" tone of the proceedings and, after watching it on a Turner Classic Movies broadcast recently, I can see why their knickers got into a twist. Even by today's much more relaxed standards, its situations and its treatment of marriage are pretty sleazy.

It's a rather lame "bedroom farce" that makes poor use of the talents of nearly everyone involved and its main redeeming assets are the location shots of several Spanish cities and its countryside and the gorgeous Lincoln Futura concept car (which lost its eye-popping fire engine red paint job when it was transformed into the Batmobile for the campy Batman TV series).

For some reason M-G-M brass at the time thought that the chemistry between Glenn Ford (dull as dishwater, as usual, and sporting one of the worst and greasiest-looking haircuts on a leading man ever) and a very pert and pretty Debbie Reynolds was worth exploiting. Their second co-starring vehicle, "The Gazebo," was rushed into production and released just four months after this one. Debbie was soon free of her M-G-M contract and went on to appear in somewhat worthier enterprises at virtually all the other major Hollywood studios, with an occasional return to her launching pad at Metro.


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