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It Started with a Kiss (1959)

Unrated | | Comedy, Romance | 4 September 1959 (USA)
A U.S. sergeant serving in Spain creates envy among his Air Force superiors and the Spanish locals when his brand new futuristic sports car and pretty wife arrive at the base.



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Complete credited cast:
Antonio Soriano
Maj. Gen. Tim O'Connell
Congressman Richard Tappe
Charles Meriden (as Henry 'Harry' Morgan)
Congressman Muir
Mrs. Tappe
Mrs. Muir
Robert Cunningham ...
The Major
Alice Backes ...
Sally Meriden


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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It started with a kiss and ended like this in romantic Spain !


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

4 September 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Comenzó con un beso  »


Box Office


$1,789,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,750,000, 31 December 1959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,650,000, 31 December 1959
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


It Started with a Kiss
Music by Rudy Render
Lyrics by Charles Lederer
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"Any marriage is wrong when you take the sex out of it"
21 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

All in all, a mildly entertaining time capsule of days gone bye, bye; the "good old days" when couples married so they could have "legitimate" sex.

Debbie Reynolds, a chorus line cutie is at her perky peak, and Glenn Ford, an Air Force sergeant, is his usual dull-as-dishwater leading man.

This genre of bedroom farce popular with 1950s' audiences is full of contrived complications, titillating juvenile sexual innuendo but is overall wholesome movie fare.

If the Catholic arbiters of morality objected to this movie upon its release, I wonder how the fiery red futuristic car passed condemnation? It's the sexiest thing in the movie. What a babe to ride! Ford's commanding officer tells him the State Department deems the car too "splendiferous." This Lincoln concept car certainly had star power; it went on to be cast as the infamous Batmobile.

As the backdrop for the film is Spain, how could the cultural trope of the heroic bullfighter not be included? So that's inserted into the high jinks too. Olé!

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