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It Started with a Kiss (1959)

Unrated | | Comedy, Romance | 4 September 1959 (USA)
A U.S. sergeant serving in Spain creates envy among his Air Force superiors and the Spanish locals when his brand new futuristic sports car and pretty wife arrive at the base.


George Marshall


Charles Lederer (screenplay), Valentine Davies (story)
2 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... Sgt. Joe Fitzpatrick
Debbie Reynolds ... Maggie Putnam
Eva Gabor ... Marquesa Marion de la Rey
Gustavo Rojo ... Antonio Soriano
Fred Clark ... Maj. Gen. Tim O'Connell
Edgar Buchanan ... Congressman Richard Tappe
Harry Morgan ... Charles Meriden (as Henry 'Harry' Morgan)
Robert Warwick ... Congressman Muir
Frances Bavier ... Mrs. Tappe
Netta Packer ... Mrs. Muir
Robert Cunningham Robert Cunningham ... The Major
Alice Backes ... Sally Meriden
Carmen Phillips ... Belvah


Air Force Sgt. Joe Fitzpatrick meets and marries a beautiful model, Maggie Putnam, on the eve of being shipped off to Spain. When the new Mrs. Fitzpatrick waits to join her husband, she promises him in a letter "the most wonderful surprise that could happen to two people." Joe naturally assumes that she's pregnant, but the surprise turns out to be a fabulous new car that he won in a raffle. His new bride and car win him the scorn and jealousy of Spain's most famous toreador, not to mention the suspicions of his commanding officer. Written by Adam Thomas <summoner@cyberspace.org>

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It started with a kiss and ended like this in romantic Spain ! See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


The car that Glenn Ford wins is a 1955 Lincoln Futura, the one-off concept car that ultimately became the Batmobile on Batman (1966). The car cost Ford $250,000 ($2.37M in 2019), and unlike most concept cars at the time was completely driveable. It was originally pearlescent white, but that color did not photograph well, so it was painted red for this film. The car, as the original "Batmobile" was sold at auction for $4.62M in 2013. See more »


At 1:34 Debbie Reynolds character says she didn't want to be an army wife. Her character is not an Army wife, but she is an Air Force wife. The two services were separated in 1947. See more »


Lt. McCann: Where's Fitzpatrick?
Charles Meriden: He's taking a cold shower, Lieutenant.
Lt. McCann: Again? That's the third time today.
Charles Meriden: Well, some guys like to be clean.
Lt. McCann: Psychos.
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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #10.22 (1960) See more »


It Started with a Kiss
Music by Rudy Render
Lyrics by Charles Lederer
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Ford and Reynolds Not A Good Pairing: This is True MGM Casting
8 April 2019 | by tr-83495See all my reviews

Glenn Ford is 43 and has been a sergeant for approximately twenty-five years. What is wrong with him?

Again, young female talent is paired with much older male talent at MGM -- a pattern that is so often repeated that it is the norm.

This could have been something that stood out, but instead follows the MGM pattern circumspectly. Reynolds is good in her role; why not give her a young male star to play off? Instead, MGM gives her a daddy, just like in most all other musicals they produced.

This is a waste of Debbie Reynolds' talent, although she does sparkle when she is alone and can sing.

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Spanish | English

Release Date:

4 September 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It Started with a Kiss See more »


Box Office


$1,789,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Arcola Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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