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The Kiss of Fire (1937)

Naples au baiser de feu (original title)
Mario Esposito, who sings in a Neapolitan restaurant, is in love with Assunta, the niece of Teresa, the owner of the place. He shares his apartment with Michel, his best friend. This one ... See full summary »


Augusto Genina


Marcel Achard (adaptation), Auguste Bailly (novel) | 2 more credits »


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Credited cast:
Tino Rossi ... Mario Esposito
Michel Simon ... Michel
Mireille Balin ... Assunta
Marcel Dalio ... Le photographe
Viviane Romance ... Lolita
Leda Ginelly Leda Ginelly ... Sylvia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Loury Jane Loury ... Tante Teresa


Mario Esposito, who sings in a Neapolitan restaurant, is in love with Assunta, the niece of Teresa, the owner of the place. He shares his apartment with Michel, his best friend. This one has fallen under the spell of Lolita, a gorgeous adventuress he met at the cathedral where he officiates as the organist. But things go awry as, while Michel intercedes with Aunt Teresa for Assunta's hand in his favor, Mario in turn falls in love with Lolita. On the very day of his wedding with Assunta, Mario runs away with Lolita, thus betraying both his love and his friend. But it does not take long before the young singer realizes the big mistake he has made. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

19 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Kiss of Fire See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy See more »

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Paris Film Productions See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Original literary source: "Naples au baiser de feu", novel by Auguste Bailly, published by Fayard, Paris, 1923, 284 p. See more »


Remake of Naples au baiser de feu (1925) See more »


O Sole Mio
Music by Eduardo Di Capua (as Luigi DI Capua)
Lyrics by Giovanni Capurro
Performed by Tino Rossi
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O Sole Mio...
10 March 2010 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

...was covered by Elvis Presley and was a big hit in 1960 as "It's now or never" .You can hear Corsican Tino Rossi croon this traditional accompanying himself on the guitar on his balcony looking over Napoli.As this is mainly a vehicle for the singer ,you can hear him every ten minutes ,notably "Tarantelle D'Amour" .

As for the plot itself ,it's the story of a good guy about to marry a good girl ,Assunta ,the niece of the owner of the restaurant where the boy ,Mario,sings .But alas,his room mate ,Michel (Michel Simon) takes in a very unfortunate orphan girl who's lost everything and tries to start all over again under the blue sky of Italy.Lolita (Vivianne Romance) is actually the perfect bitch (this actress was a specialist in this kind of part);when the two friends watch her sleeping ,she's hearing their conversation and a malicious smile forms on her lips . Vivianne Romance's portrayal verges on caricature :provocative poses,sheep's eyes at every man,swaying walk and the whole kit.

As always in this kind of mawkish melodrama,the best moments come from the supporting cast:Michel Simon having a quarrel with the aunt (Jeanne Lory) about what the fiancés bring (he brings his voice!she brings a house!) is much fun to watch;and Marcel Dalio plays Marcel Dalio,that is to say the part of a yellow-bellied coward.

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