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A Kiss for Corliss (1949)

Approved | | Comedy | 25 November 1949 (USA)
A teenage girl who has a crush on an older, more sophisticated man tells all her friends that the man is her boyfriend. Soon that story starts making its way around the town.

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Complete credited cast:
... Corliss Archer
... Kenneth Marquis
... Harry P. Archer
... Mildred Pringle
... Dexter Franklin
... Mrs. Janet Archer
... Raymond Pringle
Kathryn Card ... Louise
... Taylor
... Uncle George
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After a brief encounter with the romantic and thrice divorced Kenneth Marquis, Corliss Archer decides to write in her diary that they are together in order to make her boyfriend Dexter jealous. Corliss' father had also served as attorney representing Kenneth Marquis' ex-wife during his most recent divorce trial. When Corliss and Dexter don't come home one evening until five in the morning, Corliss decides to pretend to have amnesia to avoid the inevitable punishment awaiting her. The Archers then read Corliss' diary to her to help her remember the things that were important to her. After reading that she was dating Kenneth Marquis, they send for Marquis, who, in order to irritate Mr. Archer, whom he loathes, says that it's all true, and even gives the newspapers the story that they're engaged. Corliss, whose charade ends then, tries to tell everyone what really happened, but by that time, no one will believe her. The matter is complicated by the fact that Corliss' uncle, a navy ... Written by mdschick

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Almost a Bride  »

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In the opening of "A Kiss for Corliss", the movie is titled, "Almost a Bride". See more »

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Mrs. Janet Archer: Well, um, well, it's all very silly, but the fact is that my daughter has written a - a sort of diary.
Kenneth Marquis: Indeed? Well, I'm confident that it reflects her girlish charms.
Mrs. Janet Archer: Well, um, this diary is, um ...
Kenneth Marquis: You are talking, I take it about that volume that your husband is clutching in his clammy hands?
Mrs. Janet Archer: Well, it's all quite ridiculous, and I'm sure you'll be the first to - Go ahead, Harry. Please read some of it to Mr. Marquis, and then he'll realize how crazy the whole thing is.
Harry P. Archer: [Reading] "Not all ...
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Kiss and Tell was better
20 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

A Kiss for Corliss is a sequel to 1945's Kiss and Tell, but if you missed that one, you won't be lost. There's only one mention to the previous film, a few cast members were even replaced with no explanation, and the main crux of the first one was expected to be conveniently forgotten about by the audience. Still, Kiss and Tell is infinitely better than the sequel, so I recommend you watch that one instead.

Shirley Temple, a senior in high school, is still a troublemaker and enjoys manipulating her on-again, off-again boyfriend Darryl Hickman, who lives next door. Her father, Tom Tully, is a lawyer who's representing David Niven's soon-to-be third ex-wife. Shirley accidentally meets The Niv in her father's office and practically swoons, overwhelmed by his magnetism. Obviously; it is David Niven! In her diary, Shirley writes some incriminating fictitious romantic passages about Niven, hoping her boyfriend will read it and get jealous-but what happens when her parents read it instead?

It's a very hilarious set-up, but unfortunately, it winds up being very silly. Kiss and Tell was adorable and hilarious, but only a few scenes in A Kiss for Corliss were that way. It felt like Shirley had hurt feelings about her poor reviews of her adult acting chops, and the screenwriter wanted to further the downfall of her career. David Niven was hardly in the movie, and while his comic timing is always very good, it was a throwaway part that he easily walked through.


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