Kiss and Make-Up


1h 18m 1934

Film Details

Also Known As
Cosmetics
Release Date
Jul 6, 1934
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 28 Jun 1934
Production Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Kozmetika by István Békeffi (copyrighted 8 Nov 1933).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 18m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

Dr. Maurice Lamar's Temple de Beauté in Paris attracts women from all over the world who wish to be made beautiful. One of Lamar's prized creations is Eve Caron, whom he has transformed into visual perfection. Eve's husband Marcel, however, is furious with Lamar for changing his wife's appearance. Meanwhile, Max Pascal, a scientist and friend of Lamar from medical school, asks Lamar to help him with an an important serum. Lamar declines in favor of curing "the disease of ugliness." When Eve's final bandages are removed, she kisses Lamar, but he insists he could only love her as Pygmalion loved Galatea. Lamar then asks his pretty secretary Annie to his apartment, ostensibly to work on his new book. While they sip champagne, Lamar dictates to Annie and then sings to her. When Eve interrupts their evening, Annie leaves in tears. At the Carons' apartment, Marcel says Eve is no longer his wife but an advertisement for Lamar, and names Lamar as co-respondent in his divorce suit. Soon Eve and Lamar are on their honeymoon on the Riviera, where Lamar is a special guest at the International Beauty Conference. Because of Eve's obsession with her looks, the couple arrives too late for the banquet. Meanwhile, Annie meets Marcel on the Riviera. While they dine happily on corned beef and cabbage, Lamar and Eve eat dry toast and lettuce. Eager to make love, Lamar is enraged when Eve kisses him while covered in cold cream and gets another room. Lamar then returns to Paris alone and finds his Temple of Beauty in chaos due to Annie's absence. For the first time, Lamar tells a prospective client to go home to her husband exactly as she is. He then tells Max that he is through with cosmetics. Eve marries Rolando, a man in love with her looks, and Annie quits her job, telling Lamar she is on her way to marry Marcel. In Max's car, Lamar chases the couple and both cars crash. When Annie realizes Marcel's naturally curly hair is a toupe, she swears her love for Lamar and they kiss.

Film Details

Also Known As
Cosmetics
Release Date
Jul 6, 1934
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 28 Jun 1934
Production Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Kozmetika by István Békeffi (copyrighted 8 Nov 1933).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 18m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

This film's working title was Cosmetics. According to a news item in Daily Variety, Ralph Ceder, in charge of the second unit, directed the film's climactic chase sequence. Daily Variety also reports that the film was previewed in early June 1934, after which it was sent back into production for retakes and added scenes. According to the Paramount script files at the AMPAS Library, Carole Lombard was considered for the role of "Mme. Eva Caron." The "censorship" script dated June 11, 1934 includes a different ending from the ending used in the final print. In the alternate ending, after Annie says "I love you" to "Maurice," he says, "Oh, darling, your eyebrows do need plucking. You don't mind if I mention it." To which "Annie" responds, "No. Maurice, please make me beautiful." (They kiss. FADE OUT.)