A Kiss in the Dark (1949)

88 mins | Romantic comedy | 26 March 1949

Director:

Delmer Daves

Writer:

Harry Kurnitz

Producer:

Harry Kurnitz

Cinematographer:

Robert Burks

Editor:

David Weisbart

Production Designer:

Stanley Fleischer

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was The Cleopatra Arms . According to a news item in 22 Oct 1947 LAEx , Lauren Bacall was to co-star in the film with Dennis Morgan. A 1 Mar 1948 Var news item reports that Joan Crawford was to star in the film, but on 4 Mar 1948, HR noted that Jane Wyman replaced Crawford. A contemporary news item indicates that Ray Turner recorded the piano solos and coached David Niven on piano playing technique. At one time, Warner Bros. was planning to make a film based on the Victor Herbert operetta, A Kiss in the Dark , but that property bears no relation to this ... More Less

The film's working title was The Cleopatra Arms . According to a news item in 22 Oct 1947 LAEx , Lauren Bacall was to co-star in the film with Dennis Morgan. A 1 Mar 1948 Var news item reports that Joan Crawford was to star in the film, but on 4 Mar 1948, HR noted that Jane Wyman replaced Crawford. A contemporary news item indicates that Ray Turner recorded the piano solos and coached David Niven on piano playing technique. At one time, Warner Bros. was planning to make a film based on the Victor Herbert operetta, A Kiss in the Dark , but that property bears no relation to this picture. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
5 Mar 1949.
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Daily Variety
1 Mar 49
p. 3.
Down Beat
21 Apr 48
p. 8.
Film Daily
2 Mar 49
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jan 1946.
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Hollywood Reporter
1 Mar 48
p. 22.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Mar 48
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Mar 48
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Apr 48
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Mar 49
p. 3.
Los Angeles Examiner
22 Oct 1947.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
5 Mar 49
p. 4521-22.
New York Times
26 Mar 49
p. 10.
Variety
1 Mar 1948.
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Variety
2 Mar 49
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Wrt for the screen
From a story by
From a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Orig mus comp and arr
SOUND
STAND INS
Piano double
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Cleopatra Arms
Release Date:
26 March 1949
Production Date:
early March--late April 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
30 December 1948
Copyright Number:
LP2255
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
88
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Exhausted after twenty-one years of touring, concert pianist Eric Phillips learns that his financial advisor, Peter Danilo, has purchased an apartment building from its former owner, a taxidermist, when he is served with a warrant ordering him to visit the building and perform the necessary repairs. Among the tenants is Polly Haines, a photographer's model. Eric is quite taken with her and while they are talking, insurance salesman Bruce Arnold arrives. When Polly learns that Eric is afraid of damaging his hands, she suggests that Bruce insure them, and Bruce enthusiastically agrees, saying that he and Polly could then marry with the money from the commission. The following day the tenants all gather on the roof to welcome Eric. They announce their intention to fix up the building together, with plans for a day care center and roof garden. At the suggestion of the manager, Horace Willoughby, Polly takes Eric on a hike with some of the boys from the building. On their return to the apartment, Eric is met by a building inspector who announces that the building repairs are not up to code, and Eric then fires Willoughby. Polly reproachfully informs him that Willoughby was forced to sell the building after he went broke from helping others and accuses Eric of being spoiled. Eric then rehires Willoughby and gives him a free hand with the building repairs. Soon, Polly and Eric have fallen in love, and, on the advice of Eric's friend, Madame Karina, an elderly musician, Polly tries to introduce Eric to more relaxing pursuits. Overcome by jealousy, Bruce picks a fight with Eric, and convinces him ... +


Exhausted after twenty-one years of touring, concert pianist Eric Phillips learns that his financial advisor, Peter Danilo, has purchased an apartment building from its former owner, a taxidermist, when he is served with a warrant ordering him to visit the building and perform the necessary repairs. Among the tenants is Polly Haines, a photographer's model. Eric is quite taken with her and while they are talking, insurance salesman Bruce Arnold arrives. When Polly learns that Eric is afraid of damaging his hands, she suggests that Bruce insure them, and Bruce enthusiastically agrees, saying that he and Polly could then marry with the money from the commission. The following day the tenants all gather on the roof to welcome Eric. They announce their intention to fix up the building together, with plans for a day care center and roof garden. At the suggestion of the manager, Horace Willoughby, Polly takes Eric on a hike with some of the boys from the building. On their return to the apartment, Eric is met by a building inspector who announces that the building repairs are not up to code, and Eric then fires Willoughby. Polly reproachfully informs him that Willoughby was forced to sell the building after he went broke from helping others and accuses Eric of being spoiled. Eric then rehires Willoughby and gives him a free hand with the building repairs. Soon, Polly and Eric have fallen in love, and, on the advice of Eric's friend, Madame Karina, an elderly musician, Polly tries to introduce Eric to more relaxing pursuits. Overcome by jealousy, Bruce picks a fight with Eric, and convinces him that Polly was only being nice to him in order to sell him the insurance. Eric then prepares to go away on tour again, but when he returns to the apartment for some sheet music he accidentally left behind, Willoughby loosens the door handle, thereby locking him in with Polly. Forced to talk to each other, Polly learns what Bruce told Eric and Eric learns that Danilo was trying to separate him from Polly. Eric takes his revenge on both Bruce and Danilo when he and Polly leave for his tour, which will serve as their honeymoon. +

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