- Actors: Cary Grant, Jayne Mansfield, Leif Erickson, Suzy Parker, Ray Walston
- Directors: Stanley Donen
- Producers: Jerry Wald
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: U
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- DVD Release Date: 1 Aug. 2005
- Run Time: 98 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0009JOQ20
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,596 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Kiss Them For Me [DVD]
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Wartime comedy starring Cary Grant, Ray Walston and Larry Blyden as three navy war heroes who've been booked on a morale-building 'vacation' in San Francisco. Eluding their ulcerated public relations officer (Werner Klemperer), the trio arranges a wild party with plenty of pretty girls including Gwinneth (Suzy Parker) and Alice (Jayne Mansfield).
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Julius Epstein - Writer (screenplay)
Luther Davis - Writer (play "Kiss Them for Me")
Frederic Wakeman - Writer (novel "Shore Leave")
Jerry Wald - Producer
Milton Krasner - Cinematographer
Lionel Newman - Composer
Robert Simpson - Editor
At first glance this play may seem formula and simple. The actors may look like they're walking through their parts. You may also notice other things or the absence of things that make this scene like a so-so film. However all it takes is a couple of viewings and you will mysteriously be hooked on this film and want to purchase a copy.
This is a retrospective movie made in 1957 depicting close to the end of the war in 1944. It's the story of several war heroes who finesse he leave to San Francisco for a few days to escape their positions. What would you do if you had several days leave in San Francisco and you are a war hero in 1944? Yes and that's exactly what they do. This story is about how they do it. During their leave time Cmdr. Andy Crewson (Cary Grant), Lt. (j.g.) McCann (Ray Walston), Mississip (Larry Blyden), and to an extent Lt. Walter Wallace (Werner Klemperer) must reflect on the times and what they really want out of life. To assist them in their endeavor are ship building "Typhoon" Eddie Turnbill (Leif Erickson), Eddie's fiancé Gwinneth Livingston (Suzy Parker), a ditzy girl with some profound thoughts, Alice Kratzner (Jayne Mansfield), and a dead man in a wheelchair.
This is a story about choices. What did they choose in the end? Would you have chosen the same?
Now able to view it on a 46" screen I noticed that they did not over makeup Suzy Parker. You can still see her cute freckles.
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Although I am not a devout fan of Cary Grant, his character in this film was not one that I would have associated with him - certainly not funny but rather more brutal and crude - although that might be a little strong. No doubt this was supposed to represent the effects of combat stress.
One minor point: Although the storyline has been outlined in other reviews, I suspect that the resume on the dvd sleeve (2012 version) may be misleading. Unless I am mistaken, surely it is Suzy Parker's character (Gwinneth Livingston - the shipyard magnate's fiancee) whom Cary Grant (Commander Crewson) pursues and falls in love with - not Jayne Mansfield (Alice Kratzner - the over-excitable dumb blonde), although she is initially attracted to him by the false notion that he has a stash of nylons. Neither can I recall Alice Kratzner being the daughter of the shipyard magnate, as indicated on the sleeve, but then again I may have dozed off and missed something.
Directed by the very talented Stanley Donen, and adapted by Julius J. Epstein from Luther Davis' less than successful play, Kiss Them For Me is something of an oddity. It's an uncomfortable splice of comedy and drama and never fully satisfies in either department, with the cast being a very mixed bunch that has divided opinions right across the board. Its satire heart is fine, and to a degree it works, nobody in their right mind could fail to not emphasise with members of the armed forces being fed up with the grind of war, especially since the guys here are not bluffers who haven't done their bit for the war effort. The film also has a bit to promote as regards self promoting tactics of business men not engaged in the forces themselves, but these little proposed edgy slants are asked to sit side by side with sexy comedy and the inevitable romantic plot strands, thus the film almost sinks within its attempt at genre fusion.Read more ›
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I was disappointed by this slow monotonous film. I like the idea of the story taking place over four days, but it felt like four weeks watching it. Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2014 by Samuel Barber
Pleased to be able to get in UK now. Nice to see some of these old films making it to dvd!Published on 8 Jan. 2013 by S. Heath
I am a fan of Cary Grant and Jayne Mansfield and hadn't seen this film. This is probably Mansfield's best film. Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2011 by Michael Daley
Not a very good film, Jayne Mansfield is wasted in this film and without Gary Grant it would be nothing. Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2009 by Mr. A. Hedgehog