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The Naked Kiss -- The setup is pure pulp: A former prostitute (a crackerjack Constance Towers) relocates to a buttoned-down suburb, determined to fit in with mainstream society.

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Samuel Fuller (written by)
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29 October 1964 (USA) See more »
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Candy's Place--where all kinds of men find all kinds of sweets! See more »
Plot:
Kelly, a prostitute, finds redemption in the town of Grantville, where she arrives working as a medium-time seller... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The ultimate pulp fiction, high drama with Fuller's film definition of "emotions" See more (120 total) »

Cast

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Constance Towers ... Kelly
Anthony Eisley ... Capt. Griff

Michael Dante ... J.L. Grant
Virginia Grey ... Candy

Patsy Kelly ... Mac - Head Nurse
Marie Devereux ... Buff
Karen Conrad ... Dusty
Linda Francis ... Rembrandt
Bill Sampson ... Jerry
Sheila Mintz ... Receptionist
Patricia Gayle ... Nurse
Jean-Michel Michenaud ... Kip (as Gerald Michenaud)
George Spell ... Tim
Christopher Barry ... Peanuts
Patty Robinson ... Angel Face
Betty Robinson ... Bunny
Brenda Howard ... Redhead (as Breena Howard)
Sally Mills ... Marshmallow

Edy Williams ... Hatrack
Monte Mansfield ... Farlunde
Barbara Perry ... Edna
Walter Mathews ... Mike
Neyle Morrow ... Officer Sam
Gerald Milton ... Zookie - Brothel Patron
Fletcher Fist ... Barney
Michael Barrere ... Teenager (as Michel Barrere)

Betty Bronson ... Miss Josephine
Charlie ... Himself
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Tammy Locke ... Girl in wheelchair (uncredited)
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Directed by
Samuel Fuller 
 
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Samuel Fuller (written by)

Produced by
Sam Firks .... executive producer
Leon Fromkess .... executive producer
Samuel Fuller .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Dunlap 
 
Cinematography by
Stanley Cortez 
 
Film Editing by
Jerome Thoms 
 
Art Direction by
Eugène Lourié  (as Eugene Lourie)
 
Set Decoration by
Victor A. Gangelin  (as Victor Gangelin)
 
Costume Design by
Einar Bourman  (as Einar H. Bourman)
 
Makeup Department
Harry Thomas .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Herbert G. Luft .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nate Levinson .... assistant director
John Gaudioso .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Tom Coleman .... property master (as Tom C. Coleman)
 
Sound Department
Leonard Corso .... sound effects editor
Al Overton .... recording supervisor (as Alfred J. Overton)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Dugas .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Peter Zinner .... music editor
 
Other crew
John Dutton .... script supervisor
 
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90 min
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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In Venice, Lord Byron swam all the way down the Grand Canal from the Lido in 1818, a distance of more than four miles (6.5 kilometres). His most famous swim was in April 1810 when he swam across the Hellespont, the mile-wide (1.6 kilometre) channel that separates European Turkey from Asiatic Turkey.See more »
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Continuity: When Kelly approaches the porch of the house with the room for rent, she picks up the newspaper and hands it to the landlady who has opened the door. The newspaper, as picked up by Kelly, is snugly rolled up and bound with a rubber band. But in the next frame, taken from inside as we see landlady and Kelly come through the door, the newspaper in the landlady's hand is not a rolled up paper, but one that is simply folded in half.See more »
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Candy:Nobody shoves dirty money in my mouth.See more »
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Little Child (Mon enfant)See more »

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27 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
The ultimate pulp fiction, high drama with Fuller's film definition of "emotions", 8 July 2005
Author: Ruby Liang (ruby_fff) from sf, usa

"Pickup on South Street" 1953, an 80-minute film noir gem, is a favorite of mine. Richard Widmark and Thelma Ritter (not just exceptional in romantic comedy supporting Rock Hudson and Doris Day in "Pillow Talk") were the two characters and performances I like best. Filmmaker Sam Fuller's creative writing, directing strength, and (indie) producing savvy continued to shine in "The Naked Kiss" 1964. It is the ultimate pulp fiction: high drama soap, touch of camp and tints of film noir. Beautifully shot in Black and White. Terrific cast with Constance Towers as Kelly, the central power of energy and charm, and undeterred determination; Anthony Eisley as Griff, the gruff, tough cop with a tender heart underneath; and the townsfolk of varying characters, nice and not-so-nice to downright sleazy, crooked ones, male or female, and a number of child performances for that matter. Yet with all this, there is a blossoming healthy, full of goodwill story about handicapped youngsters, being encouraged to stand up and be happy in spite of their weaknesses.

The opening segment (before the title/credits roll) is in itself an emphatic revelation. Kelly truly wants to turn over a new leaf, and she readily shares and helps others without guile. She is no loser. She's our heroine of the story. Tearjerker? Certainly can be. Thriller suspense, too? Definitely. Will she be innocently proclaimed? Will the witness precious be found? We would root for her, our Kelly. She is so 'gung ho' and downright nice to everyone (but she can also stand up tough against the 'bad' ones). Fuller's script runs its own natural course with surprises and satisfying plot twists never lacking.

This may not be for everyone (NFE). But if you can take high drama with wide human emotional range, appreciate energetic 'filmic' storytelling with intrigue, you'll enjoy this movie immensely. A Sam Fuller film doesn't disappoint but deserves applause practically guaranteed. His films are no fuss, straightforward and bold, frank and colorful in dialog, and there's the element of raw sophistication (sounds oxymoron, but life is full of contradictions). "The Naked Kiss" is available on DVD, Criterion Collection, widescreen, 91 minutes (just the right length).

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