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Scraping the bottom of Wilder's great career
- Tammy T
I remember the scandal this movie was when it first came out. How times have changed. It's hard to reconcile this school boy dirt joke with the sophisticated Wilder movies of the previous decades. The movie tries so hard to shock and seem hip but only ends looking dated and silly. It's a shame that Ray Walston seems to take the brunt of the blame, because of the imagined great performance that Peter Sellers would have given. I think he does a yeoman's job with a ridiculous part. The failure of this movie begins and ends with the screenplay and direction.
Kim Novak and Billy Wilder
- David Atkins
Billy Wilder who is my bet for the greatest Film Director of all time with a brilliant body of work: Sunset Blvd, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Double Indemnity and little seen gem Fedora had a brilliant track record and Kiss Me Stupid was eagerly anticipated. Wilder was known to cast his pictures well with stars such as James Cagney, Barbara Stanwyck, William Holden, Jean Arthur, Humphrey Bogart, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon and most notably Marilyn Monroe selected Dean Martin, Peter Sellars and Kim Novak a trio of fine actors to top line Kiss Me Stupid. This film was jinxed with the illness of Sellars who left the film and gave the Director a back handed slam by blaming Wilder and his open sets as a reason of his illness. Ray Walston was brought in to replace Sellars after Bob Hope, and Danny Kaye passed on the part ( Jack Lemmon was working elsewhere). The film had to be re started and scenes re shot. Wilder ran afoul of the Censors and the film got an Condemned rating. ( Today it is rated PG!) Kim Novak who had a great run at Columbia and left that studio as #1 Box Office star in the world excelled as an actress and gives a touching and wonderful performance as Polly The Pistol. Wilder ever blunt named Kim Novak and Audrey Hepburn as his two favorite female stars. I recommend this movie to see a brilliant performance by Kim Novak.
Love This Movie! A Must See!
- Samantha Quill
I absolutely love this movie. At first I didn't think it would be good, but there is just so much going on scene after scene that it is just a great movie! There really is no boring parts. I love the way the movie is constructed and I just love Dean Martin. Only being 17, this movie is a great classic!
One Kiss of a Good Movie
- Paul Conrad Jackson
For some reason I missed this movie when it was first released. What a loss. It is a zany, zany comedy and I would give it five stars. Kim Novak looks as cuddly and as seductive as ever, and Dean Martin is as smooth as ever. It is just a great, great frolic. I'm so glad TCM -my favourite TV channel - screened it. Now I'll buy it on DVD.
THIS MOVIES IS BEST FORGOTTEN!
I saw this movie many years ago and was surprised how good it was then. I watched it again last night and was glad it hasn't lost any of its charm. Heavy stuff for its time. Dean is great at making fun of himself. But Ray Walston and Kim Novak steal the show. What a great team!
I have been a fan of old movies for years but have never seen this movie until last night. Great fun to watch, especially the performances by Kim Novak and Ray Walston!
A great movie
- Habeeb Farooqui
By chance I saw this movie last night. I never heard about this wonderful movie bofore. Kim Novak and Dean Martin were great. Billy Wilder was at his best. I wonder any of the actors got any academy awards?.