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Kisses for Breakfast(1941)

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Dennis Morgan never had the uniqueness of other stars in the Warner Brothers stable. He lacked the hangdog-ness of Bogart or the pugnacity of Cagney, but his appeal was far from generic. Handsome with just a touch of roguery, with a purr in his speaking voice (not to mention his lovely tenor), he could play characters on the spectrum from solid to shady, all while keeping audience sympathy. That ability to stay on a viewer's good side was essential in this naughty comedy about an accidental bigamist (Morgan) who, after getting knocked on the noggin, forgets that he's married to cousin #1 (Shirley Ross) while wooing cousin #2 (Janet Wyatt). Much is made of the power of Morgan's titular smooches in this movie, with the gobsmacked gals in his wake making declarations like "When he kisses me I feel like champagne!" Its roots as the French farce Au Premier de Ces Messieurs can be seen in the plot's lustiness, even with the Hays Code's cold shower.

By Violet LeVoit

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