Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Kiss And Tell (1945)

The movie Kiss And Tell (1945), starring Shirley Temple, does not have a spanking in it. However this movie poster and lobby card from the movie does have Shirley Temple being spanked by a man who I'm not sure of. I don't know which of the actors in Kiss And Tell he is. I presume it's Walter Abel who played her father.

Kiss And Tell comes from a play, written by F. Hugh Herbert, who also wrote the movie's screenplay. I don't know if the play had the spanking in it. Perhaps it did and Miss Temple wouldn't allow herself to be spanked in the movie, who knows. Not me. If you know if there was a spanking in the play, please tell me.

New York Times review from October 26, 1945.

Based on the mildly risque stage comedy by F. Hugh Herbert, the film casts Temple as impulsive teenager Corliss Archer, who is the only person in on the secret marriage between her GI brother and local girl Mildred Pringle (Virginia Welles).

When Mildred becomes pregnant, Corliss can't reveal the marriage, since the Archers and the Pringle's aren't overly fond of one another. Thus it is that Corliss herself pretends to be expecting, intending to claim Mildred's baby as her own. She further identifies her next-door boyfriend Dexter Franklin
(Jerome Courtland) as the father, opening yet another can of worms. Somehow this mess straightens itself out, but not before several "chancy" scenes and lines of dialogue that must have given the Hollywood censors headaches aplenty.

Kiss and Tell (the original play, that is) not only spawned a 1949 movie sequel, A Kiss for Corliss, played by Temple, but also inspired the popular radio and TV sitcom Meet Corliss Archer, played not by Shirley Temple but by Ann Baker.

Modern day version of the play 'Kiss And Tell' is playing at the Plaza Theatre Company in
111 S. Main St. Cleburne, TX 76033.

Buy the play of Kiss And Tell.
View another poster for Kiss And Tell.


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