It Started with a Kiss

It Started with a Kiss

Director: George Marshall

Cast: George Marshall, Glenn Ford, Debbie Reynolds, Eva Gabor

     
 

George Marshall directed this mild sex comedy about a showgirl who marries a U.S. Air Force sergeant and puts his love to the test by decreeing her body off-limits to him for a 30-day period (usually something built up to in the course of a marriage over a period of years). Debbie Reynolds plays Maggie Putnam, a vivacious showgirl who dreams of marrying a rich man.… See more details below

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George Marshall directed this mild sex comedy about a showgirl who marries a U.S. Air Force sergeant and puts his love to the test by decreeing her body off-limits to him for a 30-day period (usually something built up to in the course of a marriage over a period of years). Debbie Reynolds plays Maggie Putnam, a vivacious showgirl who dreams of marrying a rich man. Instead, in an impulsive move, she marries Sgt. Joe Fitzpatrick (Glenn Ford), a penniless Air Force sergeant who wins a $40,000 car. He is assigned to a new post in Spain, and the two lovebirds pack up for Europe. Unfortunately for Joe's libido, Maggie initiates the aforementioned test, and Joe, laughingly at first, agrees to go along with it -- reasoning that it is lonely in Spain without the bull.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Let's get the main objection out of the way fast: the plot gimmick in It Started with a Kiss is absolutely ludicrous, the kind of thing that exists only so that screenwriters have a peg to hang a film on. Some people won't be able to get past this flaw, but many more will simply shake their heads and laugh it off. And why not? Aside from the premise, screenwriter Charles Lederer has done nothing wrong and quite a bit right -- and ridiculous premises in a sex comedy are pretty much par for the course anyway. Lederer makes up for it with script that is genuinely funny, even when one is aware of how much it occasionally reaches for laughs. The jokes don't come off as smarmy as they so often do in sex comedies, and the situations are well set up and almost always pay off. Clearly, Lederer is helped in this enterprise by his delightful stars. Both Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds are in fine form, physically and dramatically, and they definitely have chemistry. Watching the two of them jump through the screenplay's hoops is a great deal of fun; they seem to be enjoying themselves and so the viewer does too. George Marshall's swift and light directorial touch keeps things hopping, and with the support in the hands of Fred Clark, Edgar Buchanan, Francis Bavier and a very good Eva Gabor, it all is a tremendously fun time.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2011
UPC:
0883316369876
Original Release:
1959
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
27,284

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Glenn Ford Sgt. Joe Fitzpatrick
Debbie Reynolds Maggie Putnam
Eva Gabor Marquesa de la Rey
Gustavo Rojo Antonio Soriano
Fred Clark Gen. O'Connell
Edgar Buchanan Congressman Tappe
Henry "Harry" Morgan Charles Meriden
Robert Warwick Congressman Muir
Frances Bavier Mrs. Tappe
Netta Packer Mrs. Muir
Alice Backes Sally Meriden
Carmen Phillips Belvah
Bob Cunningham The Major

Technical Credits
George Marshall Director
Jeff Alexander Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert J. Bronner Cinematographer
Valentine Davies Original Story
Charles Lederer Songwriter,Screenwriter
Urie McCleary Art Director
John McSweeney Editor
Hans Peters Art Director
Rudy Render Songwriter
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Aaron Rosenberg Producer

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