A Kiss for Corliss (1949)

87-88 mins | Comedy | 25 November 1949

Director:

Richard Wallace

Writer:

Howard Dimsdale

Producer:

Colin Miller

Cinematographer:

Robert de Grasse

Production Designer:

Rudolph Sternad

Production Company:

Strand Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

A HR news item stated that producer Colin Miller was borrowing Leon Ames from M-G-M for the picture, but Ames was not in the released film. According to information in the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the Breen Office disapproved of the film's "extremely light attitude toward marriage." A compromise was eventually reached when the number of "Kenneth Marquis'" failed marriages was reduced from six to three.
       A Kiss for Corliss was a sequel to the 1945 film Kiss and Tell . According to a 17 Oct 1949 HR news item, independent financeer Henry G. Kuh entered into negotiations with Miller to produce a third "Corliss Archer" picture, Corliss Goes Abroad , which would also star Shirley Temple. However, the twenty-one-year-old Temple retired from films after the release of A Kiss for Corliss . This was the last film that David Niven made under his contract with Samuel Goldwyn, from whom Miller borrowed Niven for the production. For more information on the character of Corliss Archer, please see the entry above for Kiss and Tell . Some modern sources state that this film was later retitled Almost a Bride ... More Less

A HR news item stated that producer Colin Miller was borrowing Leon Ames from M-G-M for the picture, but Ames was not in the released film. According to information in the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the Breen Office disapproved of the film's "extremely light attitude toward marriage." A compromise was eventually reached when the number of "Kenneth Marquis'" failed marriages was reduced from six to three.
       A Kiss for Corliss was a sequel to the 1945 film Kiss and Tell . According to a 17 Oct 1949 HR news item, independent financeer Henry G. Kuh entered into negotiations with Miller to produce a third "Corliss Archer" picture, Corliss Goes Abroad , which would also star Shirley Temple. However, the twenty-one-year-old Temple retired from films after the release of A Kiss for Corliss . This was the last film that David Niven made under his contract with Samuel Goldwyn, from whom Miller borrowed Niven for the production. For more information on the character of Corliss Archer, please see the entry above for Kiss and Tell . Some modern sources state that this film was later retitled Almost a Bride . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22 Oct 1949.
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Daily Variety
17 Oct 49
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Oct 49
p. 6.
Hollywood Citizen-News
24 Nov 1949.
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Hollywood Reporter
22 Feb 49
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
23 May 49
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jun 49
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jun 49
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jul 49
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Oct 49
p. 3, 4, 8
Hollywood Reporter
1 Nov 49
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Nov 49
p. 9.
Los Angeles Examiner
24 Nov 1949.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
22 Oct 49
p. 58.
The Exhibitor
26 Oct 49
p. 2732.
Variety
19 Oct 49
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITOR
Supv film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward des
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Casting dir
Scr supv
Unit pub
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by F. Hugh Herbert.
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 November 1949
Premiere Information:
World premiere in Des Moines, IA: 16 November 1949
Production Date:
15 June--mid July 1949 at General Service Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Strand Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 November 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2640
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
87-88
Length(in feet):
7,938
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14012
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Wealthy playboy Kenneth Marquis is divorcing his third wife, and seventeen-year-old Corliss Archer, whose father Harry is the attorney for Mrs. Marquis, follows the trial avidly. After the matter has been decided, Marquis and his lawyer, Taylor, come to Harry's office to discuss Mrs. Marquis' huge settlement, and as soon as Corliss meets Marquis, she is smitten by the suave older man. Marquis plays up to Corliss, enjoying her father's irritation. The next day, Harry tells Corliss that he saw her boyfriend, Dexter Franklin, with another girl at the Penguin Club, a local restaurant notorious for its back-room gambling. That night, while Corliss and her friend, Mildred Pringle, are having a slumber party, Mildred's enterprising younger brother Raymond comes over and offers to bind Corliss' diary in leather for a fee. Corliss instructs Raymond to come back tomorrow, then tells Mildred that she will get even with Dexter by writing mean things about him in her diary, which she is certain Raymond will show to him. When an elaborate box of candy arrives from Marquis, Corliss decides to make Dexter jealous, and she and Mildred fill the diary with glowing descriptions of her supposed romance with Marquis. The next day, a repentant Dexter tries to make up with Corliss, and she persuades him to take her to the Penguin Club that evening. Dexter and Corliss sneak into the club just as a police raid begins, and hide in the basement until the police are gone, only to discover that they are locked in. The Archers panic when they learn their daughter is missing, and after Dexter and Corliss finally escape through a ... +


Wealthy playboy Kenneth Marquis is divorcing his third wife, and seventeen-year-old Corliss Archer, whose father Harry is the attorney for Mrs. Marquis, follows the trial avidly. After the matter has been decided, Marquis and his lawyer, Taylor, come to Harry's office to discuss Mrs. Marquis' huge settlement, and as soon as Corliss meets Marquis, she is smitten by the suave older man. Marquis plays up to Corliss, enjoying her father's irritation. The next day, Harry tells Corliss that he saw her boyfriend, Dexter Franklin, with another girl at the Penguin Club, a local restaurant notorious for its back-room gambling. That night, while Corliss and her friend, Mildred Pringle, are having a slumber party, Mildred's enterprising younger brother Raymond comes over and offers to bind Corliss' diary in leather for a fee. Corliss instructs Raymond to come back tomorrow, then tells Mildred that she will get even with Dexter by writing mean things about him in her diary, which she is certain Raymond will show to him. When an elaborate box of candy arrives from Marquis, Corliss decides to make Dexter jealous, and she and Mildred fill the diary with glowing descriptions of her supposed romance with Marquis. The next day, a repentant Dexter tries to make up with Corliss, and she persuades him to take her to the Penguin Club that evening. Dexter and Corliss sneak into the club just as a police raid begins, and hide in the basement until the police are gone, only to discover that they are locked in. The Archers panic when they learn their daughter is missing, and after Dexter and Corliss finally escape through a window and return to her home, they see a police car in front of the house. Corliss swears Dexter to secrecy about their adventure and decides to fake amnesia, pretending to remember nothing that happened since she was nine years old. In the morning, Raymond delivers Corliss' diary, and her parents decide to read passages to Corliss in an attempt to stimulate her memory. Harry is beside himself when he reads the fictitious entry stating that Corliss and Marquis are engaged. Meanwhile, the entrepreneurial Raymond shows up at Marquis' office with photostats of the diary and requests that Marquis advertise in the little newspaper he is publishing. Amused, Marquis writes the boy a check, then visits the Archers and tells them that every word of Corliss' overblown prose is true. Corliss explains what happened at the Penguin Club and confesses that she faked amnesia, but Marquis, relishing the opportunity to torment Harry, persists in claiming that Corliss was with him the previous night. Neither Dexter nor Mildred will confirm Corliss' story, and when Marquis announces the "engagement" in the newspaper, Harry takes no action, fearing that his daughter's reputation will be damaged if a retraction is printed too soon. The press surrounds the Archers' home, and Raymond shares the diary excerpts with a magazine reporter, who publishes them on the front page. When her parents press her to be honest with them, Corliss feels defeated and tells them that the diary was true, and the Archers resign themselves to the marriage. They ask Corliss' uncle George, a Navy chaplain, to perform the ceremony, and when Harry gives his consent, it is Marquis's turn to be shocked. Following a glum wedding rehearsal at the Archer home, Dexter comes by and asks Harry for legal advice, explaining that he is being blackmailed by a schoolmate about the night he stayed out with Corliss. Raymond then shows up and reports that Marquis bribed Mildred to keep quiet about the diary. Harry and Dexter throw Marquis out, and Dexter and Corliss happily make up. +

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