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Kisses for My President
     

Kisses for My President

Director: Curtis Bernhardt

Cast: Fred MacMurray, Polly Bergen, Arlene Dahl

 

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Behind every great woman, there's a man who isn't so sure he's happy to be there -- or at least that's the state of affairs in this gender-switch comedy. Leslie McCloud (Polly Bergen) makes history when she becomes the first woman elected to the office of President of the United States. However, while Leslie's achievement is a great step forward for women, her husband

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Behind every great woman, there's a man who isn't so sure he's happy to be there -- or at least that's the state of affairs in this gender-switch comedy. Leslie McCloud (Polly Bergen) makes history when she becomes the first woman elected to the office of President of the United States. However, while Leslie's achievement is a great step forward for women, her husband Thad McCloud is less enthusiastic about his own role in closing the gender gap. Thad soon finds his daily schedule is filled with meeting women from garden clubs, his official quarters are still filled with pink and frilly furniture from the previous resident, and Leslie's extremely busy schedule is putting a severe crimp in their love life. While Thad stews over his lowly status as a male "First Lady," Leslie is attempting to avoid an international incident by negotiating with Latin dictator Valdez (Eli Walach), who develops a less-than-diplomatic interest in the Leader of the Free World. Kisses For My President also features Arlene Dahl, Edward Andrews, and Ana Capri.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Even when it was initially released, Kisses for My President was a tepid, rather unimaginative comedy, a one-joke affair that ran out of steam rather quickly. The passage of time has only made things worse for Kisses, as it is difficult for a modern viewer to watch the film without at least finding it horribly dated and, more likely for many viewers, tremendously insulting. Credited scenarists Claude Binyon and Robert G. Kane seem to have taken the question "What would happen if a woman were elected president?" and then turned to whoever it is that thinks up "women driver" and "mother-in-law" jokes to come up with the screenplay. Even in 1964, the riffs on men and women changing expected places were tired and dated; today, they're actively annoying. This might be less important if Kisses had a stronger, more engaging plotline that surprised with its twists or that featured supporting characters that were more imaginatively conceived than its two leads. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Director Curtis Bernhardt gives the proceedings a fairly professional gloss, but the project requires a great deal more than that to overcome its basic flaw. Certainly Polly Bergen and Fred MacMurray give it their all, but there's only so much they can do with the material.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/18/2009
UPC:
0883316199466
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
44,487

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred MacMurray Thad McCloud
Polly Bergen Leslie McCloud
Arlene Dahl Doris Reid
Edward Andrews Senator Walsh
Eli Wallach Valdez
Donald May John O'Connor
Ahna Capri Gloria McCloud
Ronnie Dapo Peter McCloud
Bill Walker Joseph
Adrienne Marden Miss Higgins
Bill Richards Harry Holcombe
Richard St. John Jackson

Technical Credits
Curtis Bernhardt Director,Producer
John P. Austin Set Decoration/Design
Gordon Bau Makeup
Chick Bernhardt Producer
Steven Bernhardt Associate Producer
Claude Binyon Screenwriter
Herman A. Blumenthal Art Director
Stan Jones Sound/Sound Designer
Robert G. Kane Screenwriter
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Sam O'Steen Editor
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Gene Taft Associate Producer
Marvin Willens Stunts

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