Live a Little, Love a Little (1968)

90 mins | Comedy-drama | 23 October 1968

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HISTORY

The film was originally titled Kiss My Firm But Pliant Lips, after the 1965 Dan Greenburg novel upon which it is based. An item in the 23 Jun 1965 Var stated that Ernest Pintoff would direct and produce for Columbia Pictures, and that Dan Greenburg would adapt the script. Elvis Presley’s involvement was announced in the 14 Dec 1967 DV, which made no mention of Ernest Pintoff, and noted that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) was now backing the film, its eleventh starring vehicle for Presley. Norman Taurog was named as director in a 3 Jan 1968 DV brief. The project marked Taurog and Presley’s ninth collaboration.
       Actress Barbara Bain was considered for a role, but had to turn down the project due to her conflicting schedule on the television series Mission: Impossible (CBS, 17 Sep 1966—9 Jun 1990). The following actors were listed as cast members in DV items published between 9 Apr 1968 and 2 May 1968: Bartlett Robinson; Heide Jensen; Hiroko Watanabe; Red West; Del West; Elvis’s father, Vernon Presley; Carolyn Antonson; Bonnie Bohm; Kathy Dawson; Vikki Parker; Sunny Tomblin; Susan White; Robert Isenberg; and Gayle Rogers, a receptionist at MGM.
       Principal photography began on 11 Mar 1968, according to that day’s DV. Following sixteen days of location shooting in Southern CA, the 4 Apr 1968 DV reported that cast and crew would begin shooting on the MGM studio lot that day. A 10 Apr 1968 DV brief noted that talent manager Harold Jovien was paid $500 for one day of filming at his house in the Hollywood Hills. Production was ... More Less

The film was originally titled Kiss My Firm But Pliant Lips, after the 1965 Dan Greenburg novel upon which it is based. An item in the 23 Jun 1965 Var stated that Ernest Pintoff would direct and produce for Columbia Pictures, and that Dan Greenburg would adapt the script. Elvis Presley’s involvement was announced in the 14 Dec 1967 DV, which made no mention of Ernest Pintoff, and noted that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) was now backing the film, its eleventh starring vehicle for Presley. Norman Taurog was named as director in a 3 Jan 1968 DV brief. The project marked Taurog and Presley’s ninth collaboration.
       Actress Barbara Bain was considered for a role, but had to turn down the project due to her conflicting schedule on the television series Mission: Impossible (CBS, 17 Sep 1966—9 Jun 1990). The following actors were listed as cast members in DV items published between 9 Apr 1968 and 2 May 1968: Bartlett Robinson; Heide Jensen; Hiroko Watanabe; Red West; Del West; Elvis’s father, Vernon Presley; Carolyn Antonson; Bonnie Bohm; Kathy Dawson; Vikki Parker; Sunny Tomblin; Susan White; Robert Isenberg; and Gayle Rogers, a receptionist at MGM.
       Principal photography began on 11 Mar 1968, according to that day’s DV. Following sixteen days of location shooting in Southern CA, the 4 Apr 1968 DV reported that cast and crew would begin shooting on the MGM studio lot that day. A 10 Apr 1968 DV brief noted that talent manager Harold Jovien was paid $500 for one day of filming at his house in the Hollywood Hills. Production was completed by 14 May 1968, as stated in that day’s DV.
       Live a Little, Love a Little opened in Los Angeles, CA, on 23 Oct 1968, and was met with mixed reviews. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
14 Dec 1967
p. 1.
Daily Variety
3 Jan 1968
p. 12.
Daily Variety
9 Jan 1968
p. 18.
Daily Variety
21 Feb 1968
p. 2.
Daily Variety
11 Mar 1968
p. 3.
Daily Variety
15 Mar 1968
p. 21.
Daily Variety
15 Mar 1968
p. 24.
Daily Variety
27 Mar 1968
p. 23.
Daily Variety
4 Apr 1968
p. 4.
Daily Variety
9 Apr 1968
p. 3.
Daily Variety
10 Apr 1968
p. 2.
Daily Variety
10 Apr 1968
p. 4.
Daily Variety
17 Apr 1968
p. 4.
Daily Variety
18 Apr 1968
p. 4.
Daily Variety
26 Apr 1968
p. 2.
Daily Variety
26 Apr 1968
p. 4.
Daily Variety
2 May 1968
p. 4.
Daily Variety
14 May 1968
p. 2.
Daily Variety
8 Oct 1968
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
20 Apr 1968
Section B, p. 6.
Los Angeles Times
23 Oct 1968
Section G, p. 15.
Los Angeles Times
24 Oct 1968
Section G, p. 28.
Los Angeles Times
1 Nov 1968
Section F, p. 17.
Variety
23 Jun 1965
p. 19.
Variety
1 May 1968
p. 22.
Variety
3 Jul 1968
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Douglas Laurence Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec supv
DANCE
Choreog
Choreog
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Asst to the prod
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Kiss My Firm but Pliant Lips by Dan Greenburg (New York, 1965).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"A Little Less Conversation," words and music by Billy Strange and Scott Davis
"Almost in Love," words and music by Randy Starr and Luiz Bonfa
"Edge of Reality," words and music by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum
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SONGS
"A Little Less Conversation," words and music by Billy Strange and Scott Davis
"Almost in Love," words and music by Randy Starr and Luiz Bonfa
"Edge of Reality," words and music by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum
and Florence Kaye
songs sung by Elvis Presley.
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PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Kiss My Firm But Pliant Lips
Release Date:
23 October 1968
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 23 October 1968
Production Date:
11 March--late April or early May 1968
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Copyright Date:
2 October 1968
Copyright Number:
LP36082
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Metrocolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
90
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
21843
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Greg, a freelance photographer, is chased from a California beach into the surf by a Great Dane. When Greg emerges from the freezing water, Bernice, the dog's owner, takes him to her house to dry out. As a result of the escapade, Greg develops a high fever and is obliged to stay on as a houseguest for 5 days. Greg finally returns to his own place, however, but learns from his landlady that Bernice has moved all of his things into her house. His life becomes even more complicated when he lands two jobs for the same hours in the same building. By carefully arranging his coffee breaks and lunch hours, he manages to circulate back and forth and please both bosses, the informal Mike Lansdown and the straitlaced Penlow. Though Bernice rents a house for Greg, she fakes a serious illness so that she may become his temporary tenant. Despite the girl's eccentric behavior, Greg eventually realizes that he has fallen in love with her. Disconcerted, now that their relationship has become serious, Bernice disappears; but her friend Harry leads Greg to find her on the beach, where the couple are ... +


Greg, a freelance photographer, is chased from a California beach into the surf by a Great Dane. When Greg emerges from the freezing water, Bernice, the dog's owner, takes him to her house to dry out. As a result of the escapade, Greg develops a high fever and is obliged to stay on as a houseguest for 5 days. Greg finally returns to his own place, however, but learns from his landlady that Bernice has moved all of his things into her house. His life becomes even more complicated when he lands two jobs for the same hours in the same building. By carefully arranging his coffee breaks and lunch hours, he manages to circulate back and forth and please both bosses, the informal Mike Lansdown and the straitlaced Penlow. Though Bernice rents a house for Greg, she fakes a serious illness so that she may become his temporary tenant. Despite the girl's eccentric behavior, Greg eventually realizes that he has fallen in love with her. Disconcerted, now that their relationship has become serious, Bernice disappears; but her friend Harry leads Greg to find her on the beach, where the couple are reunited. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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