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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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Release Date:
29 October 1964 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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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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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Directed by
Samuel Fuller 
 
Writing credits
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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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
'Nothing is more terrible than active ignorance' is a quote from Johann Wolfgang Goethe. It also sometimes given as 'Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.'See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Candy:Nobody shoves dirty money in my mouth.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Play It Around Sam (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
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26 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, but I don't quite get it., 16 November 1999
Author: Bobs-9 from Chicago, Illinois, USA

This is the second Fuller film that I've seen (the other one was "Shock Corridor"). I can't say that I was bored, but I really don't see why these films are held in such high esteem by some people (including famous film-makers like Scorsese). "The Naked Kiss" is certainly a good-looking film. The black and white cinematography is excellent, as you would expect from those involved. But stylistically, the film is kind of a mess -- a weird mixture of soap opera, film noir, 1960's-style psychological drama, and kinky shocker. For fans of the latter, that infamous opening scene certainly promises a lot more than the rest of the film delivers. As it seems to belong to no particular genre, perhaps Fuller's work could be considered a genre in itself. As has been pointed out elsewhere, if watched in the right company it can be a real camp hoot. But honestly, I think this film is far too flawed to be called a masterpiece, as some people have. The acting is fairly nasty, the script not much better. And that horrendous scene where our heroine sings that sickeningly sweet, cloying, endless song with the kids at the hospital! Good Lord, it's one of the most embarrassingly awful things I've ever seen on film! It seemed to induce actual physical pain, I kid you not! The subject of child abuse, which occurs in the film, was fairly progressive for its time, I'll grant, but hardly unique. If you can, see an even earlier film (1961) called "The Mark," with Stuart Whitman, Maria Schell and Rod Steiger. While staying in the confines of early '60s constrictions, it addressed the subject in a much more powerful and direct manner, to greater effect. I guess I'd have to consider Fuller one of those "cult film" figures. Either you get it, or you don't.

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