• Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)

Kiss Me, Stupid

Release Date: January 25th, 1964

DVD Release Date: July 15th, 2003

PG-13 |2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary

When popular singer Dino (Dean Martin) stops for gas in a small town near Las Vegas, mechanic Barney (Cliff Osmond) disables his car. Barney, who writes songs with local teacher Orville (Ray Walston), wants Dino to sing some of their compositions. Orville invites Dino over, but sends his wife, Zelda (Felicia Farr), away so Dino can't hit on her. He then hires prostitute Polly (Kim Novak) to play his wife. Meanwhile, Zelda goes to a bar, where she gets drunk and eventually meets a lonely Dino.

Cast: Dean Martin, Kim Novak, Ray Walston, Felicia Farr, Cliff Osmond, Barbara Pepper, Doro Merande, Howard McNear

Director: Billy Wilder

Genres: Romantic comedy

Production Co: The Mirisch Corporation [us]

Keywords: Wife, 1960s, Witty, Small town, Playful, Forbidden love, Bar, Temptation

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Jami BernardNew York Daily News

    Cinephiles and Billy Wilder fans get a rare opportunity to see the "slightly dirtier" European ending to the director's 1964 sex farce. show more

  • 70
    TV Guide Magazine

    Its idiomatic wordplay and social satire is vintage Wilder, and the opening sequence where Dino performs in a nightclub is one of the funniest things that Wilder has ever done. show more

  • 100
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    Hollywood censors made Wilder reshoot one scene, but the original version has been rediscovered; while it's tame by today's standards, it makes the movie's caustic social commentary more potent than ever. show more

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