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  • 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)

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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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Stanley Donen - Director
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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I have to say that I was bitterly disappointed with this film, the dvd package sleeve for which suggests that it is "Hilarious, sexy fun!" I could not see anything remotely "hilarious" about it, obviously supporting the theory that "American comedy is lost on the British" (or something to that effect) - nor did I observe any "sexy fun" (unless represented by Jayne Mansfield exposing her thigh) but then I may have nodded off for a few minutes. I was tempted to rate this 2* or even 1*, but then I couldn't exactly say that I hated it - just didn't find it remotely funny.
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.
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Three Navy pilots earn themselves a four day break in San Francisco and rent a swanky suite in a hotel. Commander Crewson (Cary Grant) promptly arranges for the suite to be a party venue for like minded adults, but stumbling blocks come thick and fast, the pilots are requested to make speeches to rally the home front at shipyard magnate Eddie Turnbill's yards, but the boys don't want to do it, they wish to forget the war. Crewson also starts to fall for Turnbill's lady, Gwinneth Livingston, while scatter brained but demur blonde, Alice Kratzner is stirring the passions of all she comes across, most notably Lieutenant McCann.

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.
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