Kiss and Make-Up (1934)

70 mins | Comedy | 6 July 1934

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HISTORY

This film's working title was Cosmetics . According to a news item in DV , Ralph Ceder, in charge of the second unit, directed the film's climactic chase sequence. DV also reports that the film was previewed in early Jun 1934, after which it was sent back into production for retakes and added scenes. According to the Paramount script files at the AMPAS Library, Carole Lombard was considered for the role of "Mme. Eva Caron." The "censorship" script dated 11 Jun 1934 includes a different ending from the ending used in the final print. In the alternate ending, after Annie says "I love you" to "Maurice," he says, "Oh, darling, your eyebrows do need plucking. You don't mind if I mention it." To which "Annie" responds, "No. Maurice, please make me beautiful." (They kiss. FADE ... More Less

This film's working title was Cosmetics . According to a news item in DV , Ralph Ceder, in charge of the second unit, directed the film's climactic chase sequence. DV also reports that the film was previewed in early Jun 1934, after which it was sent back into production for retakes and added scenes. According to the Paramount script files at the AMPAS Library, Carole Lombard was considered for the role of "Mme. Eva Caron." The "censorship" script dated 11 Jun 1934 includes a different ending from the ending used in the final print. In the alternate ending, after Annie says "I love you" to "Maurice," he says, "Oh, darling, your eyebrows do need plucking. You don't mind if I mention it." To which "Annie" responds, "No. Maurice, please make me beautiful." (They kiss. FADE OUT.) More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
3 Apr 34
p. 2.
Daily Variety
20 Apr 34
p. 3.
Daily Variety
8 Jun 34
p. 3.
Daily Variety
9 Jun 34
p. 4.
Film Daily
5 Feb 34
p. 5.
Film Daily
30 Jun 34
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
25 May 34
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
12 Jun 34
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
12 May 34
p. 42.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Jun 34
p. 79.
New York Times
29 Jun 34
p. 17.
Variety
3 Jun 34
p. 26.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A B. P. Schulberg Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Assoc dir
2d unit dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Contr to scr const
Contr on spec seq
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Kozmetika by István Békeffi (copyrighted 8 Nov 1933).
SONGS
"Corn Beef and Cabbage I Love You," "The Mirror Song" and "Love Divided by Two," words by Leo Robin, music by Ralph Rainger.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Cosmetics
Release Date:
6 July 1934
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 28 June 1934
Production Date:
began 3 April 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
8 July 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4819
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Dr. Maurice Lamar's Temple de Beauté in Paris attracts women from all over the world who wish to be made beautiful. One of Lamar's prized creations is Eve Caron, whom he has transformed into visual perfection. Eve's husband Marcel, however, is furious with Lamar for changing his wife's appearance. Meanwhile, Max Pascal, a scientist and friend of Lamar from medical school, asks Lamar to help him with an an important serum. Lamar declines in favor of curing "the disease of ugliness." When Eve's final bandages are removed, she kisses Lamar, but he insists he could only love her as Pygmalion loved Galatea. Lamar then asks his pretty secretary Annie to his apartment, ostensibly to work on his new book. While they sip champagne, Lamar dictates to Annie and then sings to her. When Eve interrupts their evening, Annie leaves in tears. At the Carons' apartment, Marcel says Eve is no longer his wife but an advertisement for Lamar, and names Lamar as co-respondent in his divorce suit. Soon Eve and Lamar are on their honeymoon on the Riviera, where Lamar is a special guest at the International Beauty Conference. Because of Eve's obsession with her looks, the couple arrives too late for the banquet. Meanwhile, Annie meets Marcel on the Riviera. While they dine happily on corned beef and cabbage, Lamar and Eve eat dry toast and lettuce. Eager to make love, Lamar is enraged when Eve kisses him while covered in cold cream and gets another room. Lamar then returns to Paris alone and finds his Temple of Beauty in chaos due to Annie's absence. For ... +


Dr. Maurice Lamar's Temple de Beauté in Paris attracts women from all over the world who wish to be made beautiful. One of Lamar's prized creations is Eve Caron, whom he has transformed into visual perfection. Eve's husband Marcel, however, is furious with Lamar for changing his wife's appearance. Meanwhile, Max Pascal, a scientist and friend of Lamar from medical school, asks Lamar to help him with an an important serum. Lamar declines in favor of curing "the disease of ugliness." When Eve's final bandages are removed, she kisses Lamar, but he insists he could only love her as Pygmalion loved Galatea. Lamar then asks his pretty secretary Annie to his apartment, ostensibly to work on his new book. While they sip champagne, Lamar dictates to Annie and then sings to her. When Eve interrupts their evening, Annie leaves in tears. At the Carons' apartment, Marcel says Eve is no longer his wife but an advertisement for Lamar, and names Lamar as co-respondent in his divorce suit. Soon Eve and Lamar are on their honeymoon on the Riviera, where Lamar is a special guest at the International Beauty Conference. Because of Eve's obsession with her looks, the couple arrives too late for the banquet. Meanwhile, Annie meets Marcel on the Riviera. While they dine happily on corned beef and cabbage, Lamar and Eve eat dry toast and lettuce. Eager to make love, Lamar is enraged when Eve kisses him while covered in cold cream and gets another room. Lamar then returns to Paris alone and finds his Temple of Beauty in chaos due to Annie's absence. For the first time, Lamar tells a prospective client to go home to her husband exactly as she is. He then tells Max that he is through with cosmetics. Eve marries Rolando, a man in love with her looks, and Annie quits her job, telling Lamar she is on her way to marry Marcel. In Max's car, Lamar chases the couple and both cars crash. When Annie realizes Marcel's naturally curly hair is a toupe, she swears her love for Lamar and they kiss. +

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