Kisses for Breakfast (1941)

81 mins | Romantic comedy | 5 July 1941

Director:

Lewis Seiler

Writer:

Kenneth Gamet

Cinematographer:

Arthur Edeson

Editor:

James Gibbon

Production Designer:

Charles Novi

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was She Stayed Kissed .
Yves Mirande and André Mouëzy-Éon wrote a play entitled Au premier de ces messieurs , which was adapted by actor-writer Seymour Hicks and produced in London under the title Mr. What's His Name . Later, the English-language version was produced on Broadway under the title The Matriominal Bed .
       The HR review notes that the film was released without press previews. Although the film has an onscreen copyright notation, the title was not found in the Copyright Catalog. Hick's adaptation also was the basis of the 1930 Warner Bros. film The Matrimonial Bed , directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Frank Fay and Lilyan Tashman (See Entry), as well as the source for a 1935 British film entitled Mr. What's His Name . That film was directed by Ralph Ince and starred Hicks and Olive ... More Less

The working title of this film was She Stayed Kissed .
Yves Mirande and André Mouëzy-Éon wrote a play entitled Au premier de ces messieurs , which was adapted by actor-writer Seymour Hicks and produced in London under the title Mr. What's His Name . Later, the English-language version was produced on Broadway under the title The Matriominal Bed .
       The HR review notes that the film was released without press previews. Although the film has an onscreen copyright notation, the title was not found in the Copyright Catalog. Hick's adaptation also was the basis of the 1930 Warner Bros. film The Matrimonial Bed , directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Frank Fay and Lilyan Tashman (See Entry), as well as the source for a 1935 British film entitled Mr. What's His Name . That film was directed by Ralph Ince and starred Hicks and Olive Blakeney. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
9 Aug 1941.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Dec 40
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Sep 41
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
31 May 41
p. 148.
Variety
23 Jul 41
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Matrimonial Bed by Seymour Hicks (New York, 12 Oct 1927), which was based on the play Au premier de ces messieurs by Yves Mirande and André Mouëzy-Éon (production undetermined).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
She Stayed Kissed
Release Date:
5 July 1941
Production Date:
2 December 1940--early January 1941
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
81
Length(in feet):
7,388
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6962
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Fickle Juliet Marsden breaks off her engagement to long-suffering Lucius Lorimer for the third time and marries handsome singer Rodney Trask. After the wedding, Juliet's cousin, Laura Anders, calls to apologize for not attending, pleading illness. Juliet promises to visit on her honeymoon and instructs Rodney to write down Laura's address. Before the newlyweds can leave, Rodney is visited by a woman named Clara Raymond, who threatens to tell Juliet about their past relationship if Rodney does not listen to her. Juliet's friend, Betty Trent, sees them drive away. In the car, Clara demands money for her silence, and when Rodney refuses, he is knocked unconscious by Clara's confederate, Chet Oakley, who was hiding in the back seat. Clara and Chet then drive Rodney's car over a cliff, and it bursts into flames. Even though no body is found, Rodney is thought to be dead. Juliet's sorrow is tempered by the knowledge that Rodney did not leave her for another woman. In the meantime, Rodney, who is suffering from amnesia, adopts the name Happy Homes, which he sees on a billboard, and finding Laura's address in his pocket, heads for South Carolina, hoping she will be able to identify him. When Laura makes it clear that she has no idea who he is, Rodney charms her into hiring him to run her impoverished cotton plantation. A year later, Rodney has turned a profit at the plantation and fallen in love with Laura. After Juliet and Lucius, who are planning to marry, invite Laura to the wedding, Rodney proposes and suggests that they attend together. Although Rodney still remembers nothing ... +


Fickle Juliet Marsden breaks off her engagement to long-suffering Lucius Lorimer for the third time and marries handsome singer Rodney Trask. After the wedding, Juliet's cousin, Laura Anders, calls to apologize for not attending, pleading illness. Juliet promises to visit on her honeymoon and instructs Rodney to write down Laura's address. Before the newlyweds can leave, Rodney is visited by a woman named Clara Raymond, who threatens to tell Juliet about their past relationship if Rodney does not listen to her. Juliet's friend, Betty Trent, sees them drive away. In the car, Clara demands money for her silence, and when Rodney refuses, he is knocked unconscious by Clara's confederate, Chet Oakley, who was hiding in the back seat. Clara and Chet then drive Rodney's car over a cliff, and it bursts into flames. Even though no body is found, Rodney is thought to be dead. Juliet's sorrow is tempered by the knowledge that Rodney did not leave her for another woman. In the meantime, Rodney, who is suffering from amnesia, adopts the name Happy Homes, which he sees on a billboard, and finding Laura's address in his pocket, heads for South Carolina, hoping she will be able to identify him. When Laura makes it clear that she has no idea who he is, Rodney charms her into hiring him to run her impoverished cotton plantation. A year later, Rodney has turned a profit at the plantation and fallen in love with Laura. After Juliet and Lucius, who are planning to marry, invite Laura to the wedding, Rodney proposes and suggests that they attend together. Although Rodney still remembers nothing of his previous life, Juliet faints from shock when she sees him. To prove that "Happy," Laura's new husband, is really Rodney, Betty asks him to sing, but he only manages a croak. Ellie, the maid, prepares Rodney's favorite dish of ham and cabbage, but in his amnesiac state, he turns away in disgust. Juliet's uncle, George Burroughs, a psychiatrist, suggests they attempt to get his fingerprints for comparison, but the prints are inconclusive. By this time, Rodney and Laura are convinced that the whole household is crazy and decide to leave immediately. Juliet and Betty trick them into staying, however, and the next morning, George hypnotizes Rodney. Under hypnosis, he forgets his life as Happy, and when he wakes up, he is once again Rodney. Lucius, furious over being jilted for a fourth time, tells Laura the whole story, and she rushes off to find Rodney kissing Juliet. Laura manages to talk to Rodney alone, but he genuinely does not remember her, although he finds her charming. After Juliet and Laura fight over Rodney, he tricks Laura into hitting him on the head and pretends to be transformed again into Happy. +

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