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The Kiss (1929)

An unhappily married woman is caught up in scandal and murder when her affection toward a young man is misinterpreted.

Director:

Jacques Feyder

Writers:

George M. Saville (from the story by), Hanns Kräly (scenario) (as Hans Kraly) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Irene Guarry
Conrad Nagel ... André Dubail
Anders Randolf ... M. Charles Guarry
Holmes Herbert ... M. Lassalle
Lew Ayres ... Pierre Lassalle
George Davis George Davis ... Detective Durant
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Storyline

Irene is unhappily married to an older businessman, but very much in love with a handsome young lawyer. He doesn't want to add to her unhappiness by ruining her marriage; she is terrified of her husband's jealousy and anger. They decide to stop seeing each other, and she bides her time with Pierre, a young friend of the family who walks their dogs and is in puppy love with Irene. When Pierre is about to leave for college, he begs her for a goodbye kiss. She agrees, and who should walk in while it is happening, but her ailing and financially distraught husband... Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Taglines:

A woman made for love... sacrificed on the altar of a desperate passion... (Print Ad-Nashua telegraph, ((Nashua, NH)) 5 December 1929)

Genres:

Romance | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kysset See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$257,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$518,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$387,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System) (musical score and sound effects)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Greta Garbo's last silent film. See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits, the name of André, Conrad Nagel's character, is spelled "Ardré." See more »

Quotes

Pierre: I-I-want to ask you a big favor. Won't you kiss me - good-bye?
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Featured in Garbo (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Mysterioso
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Music by Erno Rapee
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An odd ending to Garbo's silent film career
28 October 1999 | by sws-3See all my reviews

By the time "The Kiss" was made, Garbo was an established >superstar, and her films were specially tailored vehicles to >enhance this stardom. Yet, surprisingly, French director Jacques >Feyder subordinates Garbo to a rather pedestrian murder mystery. >Even worse, he cuts away from "the kiss" (between Garbo & Lew >Ayers) referenced in the title. M-G-M might have been too >worried over Garbo's imminent entrance into talkies to care. >The film is notable for its fantastic Art Deco sets, but also >suffers from one of the worst contemporary Movietone scores of >any late silent feature. A mixed bag.


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