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Kiss Her Goodbye (1959)

| Drama
Psychological tale about the disintegration of a young woman's sanity.


Albert Lipton


Alan Marcus (screenplay), H. William Miller (novel) (as Wade Miller)




Cast overview:
Elaine Stritch ... Marge Carson
Steven Hill ... Ed Wilson
Gene Lyons ... Corey Sherman
Andrew Prine ... Kenneth 'Kenny' Grimes
Daniel Reed Daniel Reed ... Albert Tubbs
Howard Fischer Howard Fischer ... Sheriff Skinner
Dorrit Kelton Dorrit Kelton ... Grandma (as Dorit Kelton)
Mike Alonzo Mike Alonzo ... Felipe
Mel Brown Mel Brown ... Doctor
Roxana Landrian Roxana Landrian ... Esmeralda, the Housekeeper
Sharon Farrell ... Emily Wilson (as Sharon Forsmo)


Low-budget psychological drama about an emotionally unstable young woman and her brother who drift from town to town. A sympathetic motel café waitress takes pity on the girl and becomes romantically involved with her brother. Written by alfiehitchie

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This was filmed in Cuba and it was confiscated due to Fidel Castro takeover and was released late. See more »


At one point, the sister trashes the door to her motel room. When we see it a short while later, it's pristine. That fly-by-night motel must have some handyman. See more »


Kiss Her Goodbye
Sung by David Allen
Lyrics by Irving Reid
Music by Johnny Richards
featuring Ray Copeland (trumpet), Jimmy Cleveland (trombone), Charli Persip (drums), Frank Socolow (tenor sax), Phil Woods (alto sax)
Recorded by Warner Bros. Records
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A nasty little piece of work
11 October 2006 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Late-'50s indie with a putrid aroma, about an average Joe trying to protect his mentally retarded but nubile sister from the attentions of uncomprehending suitors. Not much happens, but from the frenzy of fanfares in the bloated musical score, you'd think we'd dropped the A-bomb on Moscow. I also notice that while the movie shakes its little finger at these guys for slobbering all over its heroine, it has no compunction about endless footage of Sharon Farrell in a bikini, Sharon Farrell in a tiny waitress outfit, Sharon Farrell at a playground innocently showing her panties. Her character makes no sense -- she's an incoherent screaming idiot one minute, a perfectly rational miss the next -- and Elaine Stritch, as a youngish widow stuck on the brother, doesn't fit comfortably into a conventional role. (The character also has an infant son, who is the basis of one dramatic incident and then is promptly forgotten.) Steven Hill, as the guy, maintains his dignity in another inconsistent role, and the black-and-white Florida photography is crisp and evocative, but it's one of those lurid Bs that makes you run for the shower once it's over.

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