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A Kiss in the Dark (1949)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 26 March 1949 (USA)
An exhausted concert pianist learns he is the owner of an apartment building; after being advised to move there to rest, he becomes involved in the lives of his eccentric tenants.


Delmer Daves


Everett Freeman (story "Cleopatra Arms"), Devery Freeman (story "Cleopatra Arms") | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
David Niven ... Eric Phillips
Jane Wyman ... Polly Haines
Victor Moore ... Horace Willoughby
Wayne Morris ... Bruce Arnold
Broderick Crawford ... Mr. Botts
Joseph Buloff ... Peter Danilo
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Mme. Karina
Curt Bois ... Hugo Schloss
Percival Vivian Percival Vivian ... Benton
Raymond Greenleaf ... Martin Soames


Snooty concert pianist Eric Phillips is tired and beginning to fear he's losing his talent. His condition is not helped when he discovers he's the owner of an apartment building and the tenants have a long list of grievances. His manager suggests he move into the building for a rest, an idea that initially does not appeal to Eric. He begins to feel differently as he becomes involved in the lives of his eccentric tenants, especially a pretty model named Polly. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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It's the story of a stolen caress that made her heart say 'yes'! See more »




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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Tucson Wednesday 25 July 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9), in Cincinnati Friday 27 July 1956 on WKRC (Channel 12), in Los Angeles Tuesday 31 July 1956 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Salt Lake City Friday 10 August 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2), in Phoenix Monday 3 September 1956 on KVAR (Channel 12), in Indianapolis Saturday 29 September 1956 on WFBM (Channel 6), in Portland OR Sunday 18 November 1956 on KOIN (Channel 6), and in Boston Monday 17 December 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4). See more »


While in the nightclub, Jane Wyman is steadily sipping on the club's signature drink. The level of liquid continues to stay full after several sips. See more »


Eric Phillips: [shouting over the loud music] What's it called?
Polly Haines: Music!
Eric Phillips: I can tell that by the instruments, but what's the name of it?
Polly Haines: Roll Me Up In Breadcrumbs, Daddy, Cause I Wanna Get Fried!
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Referenced in The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953) See more »


Polonaise in A Flat Major, Op. 53 'Heroique'
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
[First played by Eric on the piano to keep Botts awake, then played intermittently throughout the movie, including a jazz rendition by the band at the nightclub]
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Labored, labored
20 September 2018 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Alleged comedy, and comedy is not what Delmer Daves did well, about a cloistered concert pianist (David Niven, who's supposed to be 27 and was 41 and seems to know it) romancing a model (Jane Wyman; comedy was never her forte, either) in a New York apartment house run by Victor Moore, in his usual adorable-old-man mode (he twinkles almost as much as Barry Fitzgerald would). Every actor in this thing does what we've seen him/her do before, from Broderick Crawford bellowing to Joseph Buloff and Maria Ouspenskaya peddling florid accents, and poor Wayne Morris playing a character that makes no sense, a fiance of Wyman's we're supposed to hate. The slapstick is elaborate and badly staged, the conflict is essentially resolved long before it's over, and about the nicest thing is Max Steiner's scoring of the title song, which is by Victor Herbert, who doesn't even get a screen credit. I'm surprised to see so many user reviews calling it charming and fun; I generally like Warner comedies from this period, but this one's a waste.

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Release Date:

26 March 1949 (USA) See more »

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The Cleopatra Arms See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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