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Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 22 December 1964 (Italy)
Jealous piano teacher Orville Spooner sends his beautiful wife, Zelda, away for the night while he tries to sell a song to famous nightclub singer Dino, who is stranded in town.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Big Bertha
Milkman (as James Ward)
Mrs. Pettibone
Bobo Lewis ...
Tom Nolan ...
Johnnie Mulligan (as Tommy Nolan)
Mrs. Mulligan
Rev. Carruthers
Arlen Stuart ...
Rosalie Schultz
Mr. Pettibone
Cliff Norton ...


Dino, the charming and lecherous Las Vegas singer, stops for gas on his way to Hollywood in Climax, Nevada. The oily gas station attendant is Barney Millsap, a would-be lyricist who writes pop songs with Orville Spooner, the local piano teacher. By disabling Dino's car, Barney contrives a scheme to have Dino sing one of their songs on an upcoming TV special. To entertain Dino, Barney contacts the village tart, Polly, employing her to pretend to be Orville's wife, Zelda, for a night. She doesn't like Dino, but does love being Orville's surrogate wife. Dino goes to a bar, where he meets the real Zelda, and they spend the night together while Polly spends it with Orville. Written by alfiehitchie

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Dino...he came to dinner...Polly the Pistol - she stayed for breakfast...Beethoven - he cooked up the whole mess... See more »


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Release Date:

22 December 1964 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Bésame, tonto  »


Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


After a tough day of shooting, Kim Novak gave sandwiches and homemade cookies to the cast and the director. See more »


After Orville's wife digs under his sweatshirt for a pen while Johnny is playing the piano, the sound of the piano distorts as if the sound tape slowed down for a second. See more »


Orville J. Spooner: [reminiscing about his wife's dentist] "Tender gums". That's a hell of a thing to say to a married woman.
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References Fun in Acapulco (1963) See more »


Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (Für Elise)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Tom Nolan
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Don't believe the critics.
30 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

First stumbled across late one Friday night on Tv, this is a much maligned little film. Sure, it's a little odd, perhaps confrontational given the (alleged) morality of it's era but once you get over your initial surprise that Dean Martin star of so many truly awful Jerry Lewis films made something as quirky as this, then it's well worth staying up until two in the morning like I did. Dean Martin gives a good performance as - well, Dean Martin, but the show gets stolen by the husband and wife whose marriage is busy falling apart in smalltown America when Martin turns their world topsy turvy. Wilder, it seems, cannot make bad movies and this is a refreshing twist on the now over-used "handsome stranger stuck in small town after car trouble scenario." Much better than everyone claims....

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