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Kiss and Make-Up (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 13 July 1934 (USA)
Dr. Maurice Lamar is a noted plastic-surgeon who makes his rich clients beautiful, and also makes them. He makes Eve Caron, the wife of Marcel Caron, so satisfied with his skilled hands ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Maurice Lamar
... Anne
... Eve Caron
... Marcel Caron
... Max Pascal
... Countess Rita
Katherine Williams ... Vilma
... Magda
... Rolando
... Mme. Durand
... Plumber
... Landlady (as Helena Phillips)
... Consuelo of Claghorne
... Banquet Chairman
... Valet
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Dr. Maurice Lamar is a noted plastic-surgeon who makes his rich clients beautiful, and also makes them. He makes Eve Caron, the wife of Marcel Caron, so satisfied with his skilled hands that she leaves Marcel and marries Maurice. They go on a Mediterranean honeymoon, where he soon finds the affects of his own beauty regulations are more than he can handle. He bids adieu to his new bride, wings it back to Paris with the intention of giving up his practice and becoming a scientific researcher...after winning back the love of his simple, unadorned secretary, Anne. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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...a racy romance of a famous beauty doctor (original ad)


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"The WAMPAS Baby Stars" was a promotional campaign that selected a group (usually numbering 13) of actresses who the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers felt were on the brink of stardom. The women featured as "Baby Stars" in this film were the last group, because the WAMPAS did away with program the following year, after which WAMPAS itself disbanded. See more »

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Lyrics by Leo Robin
Music by Ralph Rainger
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Underratedly wacky comedy
12 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

An underrated picture of veritable wackiness, KISS AND MAKE UP is a forerunner to the classic screwball comedies of the late-thirties and early-forties. The storyline of a progressive plastic surgeon (Cary Grant) who becomes involved with his greatest creation (Genevieve Tobin) has a great FRANKENSTEIN-esquire aura that contains some surprisingly dark overtones for a film comedy of this era – a darkness which is present, but not really explored. The film is benefited greatly by Cary Grant, who gets an early chance to display his grand prowess at farce, which is one of the many qualities that inevitably made him a huge Hollywood star. The rest of the cast is also rounded out acceptably, with Tobin, Helen Mack, and Edward Everett Horton all turning in fine work.

On the downside, the film is extremely episodic, which is not inherently a problem in many cases, but here it prevents the picture from gelling into the knockabout farce it intended to be. Also somewhat detrimental is director Harlan Thompson's approach to the material, which often lacks energy or pizazz; make no mistake, Thompson's work is perfectly acceptable, but I could not help but imagine how truly dynamic the film could have been with Howard Hawks or (later) Peter Bogdanovich in the director's chair. Thompson earns major points for the frantic final chase scene, however, which concludes the film with a thunderous, side-splitting, wig-ripping bang! The movie as a whole is solidly enjoyable, but this terrific end sequence alone raises it's rating by at least a notch or two.


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