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The Naked Kiss (1964)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 21 April 1965 (France)
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Kelly, a prostitute, traumatised by an experience, referred to as 'The Naked Kiss,' by psychiatrists, leaves her past, and finds solace in the town of Grantville. She meets Griff, the ... See full summary »

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Samuel Fuller

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Samuel Fuller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Conrad Karen Conrad ... Dusty
Marie Devereux Marie Devereux ... Buff
Betty Bronson ... Miss Josephine
Patsy Kelly ... Mac
Virginia Grey ... Candy
Michael Dante ... Grant
Anthony Eisley ... Griff
Constance Towers ... Kelly
Linda Francis Linda Francis ... Rembrandt
Bill Sampson Bill Sampson ... Jerry
Sheila Mintz Sheila Mintz ... Receptionist
Patricia Gayle Patricia Gayle ... Nurse
Jean-Michel Michenaud ... Kip (as Gerald Michenaud)
George Spell George Spell ... Tim
Christopher Barrey Christopher Barrey ... Peanuts (as Christopher Barry)
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Storyline

Kelly, a prostitute, traumatised by an experience, referred to as 'The Naked Kiss,' by psychiatrists, leaves her past, and finds solace in the town of Grantville. She meets Griff, the police captain of the town, with whom she spends a romantic afternoon. Kelly finds a job as a nurse in a hospital for handicapped children. The work helps her find her sensitive side in the caring and helping of her young patients. Kelly's path towards happiness is thrown amiss, when she witnesses a shocking event, which threatens not just her happiness, but her mental health as well. Written by Alejandro Frias

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Shock and Shame Story of a Night Girl! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1965 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Iron Kiss See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Allied Artists Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Two of the posters on the wall of the children's ward are from Howard Pyle's "Book of Pirates", one of 'William "Captain" Kidd overseeing a treasure burial' and the other depicting pirates burying a treasure. See more »

Goofs

When Kelly first arrives to town, she walks past a theatre, and Fuller takes the chance to promote his own 'Shock Corridor' as if being projected there. However, the action takes place in August 12th 1963, whereas the movie wouldn't be released till September 11th. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Griff: [Interested in the champagne that Kelly is selling] "Angel Foam"... Never heard of it.
Kelly: It's an exclusive line I'm introducing in this state.
Capt. Griff: Domestic, or... imported?
Kelly: Angel Foam goes down like liquid gold, and it comes up like slow dynamite... For the man of taste.
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Crazy Credits

No copyright year is shown at the beginning/end credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Luca tanzt leise (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Santa Lucia
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Music by Teodoro Cottrau
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Ahead of its time
4 July 2000 | by wjficklingSee all my reviews

This noir film dealt openly with topics that generally weren't dealt with at all (e.g., pedophilia) or only peripherally (e.g., prostitution, procuring)in 1964. It is the only film noir I know of in which a woman is the lead. Rather than being an adjunct or adversary to the hero, Kelly carries the film from beginning to end, and the twists and turns of the plot will surprise throughout. What mars it somewhat is some bad acting in the smaller roles.


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