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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)
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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 »


Joe's uniform has 2 Good Conduct Ribbons when only one at a time is authorized. And neither is in the correct order of prescience. See more »


Antonio Soriano: It's very simple. The oldest war in life: two men and one woman.
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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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Starts with a bang...quickly fizzles
7 August 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Half-price showgirl in New York, pining for a millionaire husband, marries lovestruck, underpaid Air Force Sergeant on the eve of his leaving for peacetime duty in Madrid; she follows, bringing misunderstandings, comic embarrassments, and a "car from the future" with her. Sex-based shenanigans for stars Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds is pleasant enough, particularly for the first forty or so minutes; after that, it deflates. Debbie, thinking she and Ford married for the wrong reason (sex), decides they should be platonic for a month--leaving Glenn to sleep on the sofa (when he's not taking cold showers). Movies based on misconceptions between characters have to be awfully smart to keep our interest (and keep us laughing), but this script by Charles Lederer, based on a Valentine Davies story, seems about ten years out of touch with the times. Ford thinks Debbie means she's pregnant when she writes that she has a big surprise, even though they've only been married for a month. When he meets her at the airport, she tells him the surprise could arrive the next day...and he STILL thinks she's talking about a baby! It's all in good fun, but these actors are much too smart to palmed off as dummies. ** from ****

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Spanish | English

Release Date:

4 September 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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