Kiss Me, Stupid!

Kiss Me, Stupid!

Director: Billy Wilder Cast: Dean Martin, Kim Novak, Ray Walston

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Overview

Dean Martin stars in this once-controversial comedy as Dino, a Las Vegas crooner, alcoholic, and celebrity playboy. Dino requires women like oxygen -- a companionless night leaves him with a headache. Ray Walston is Orville, a provincial piano teacher, aspiring songwriter, and jealous husband. Orville violently obsesses over his wife Zelda's (Felicia Farr) fidelity -- any man she encounters becomes his sworn enemy. When a chance detour brings Dino to Orville's hometown of Climax, NV, it is the perfect opportunity for the piano teacher and his songwriting partner, Barney (Cliff Osmond), to pitch their tunes. Yet, Orville predictably fears the possible combination of Dino's libido with Zelda's childhood crush on the singer. Before the two can meet, Orville deceitfully bullies Zelda out of their house and Barney hires local roadhouse prostitute Polly the Pistol (Kim Novak) to pose as Orville's wife. Zelda turns to drink for solace, ending up at the exact bar where Polly plies her trade and, eventually, in the call girl's empty trailer. By the next morning, Orville is with Polly and Dino (looking for a prostitute) finds his way to Zelda -- and husband, wife, hooker, and Barney will all reap the benefits of infidelity. As indicated, this picture (which endured numerous complications on its long journey to the screen, including Walston's replacement of ailing star Peter Sellers) drew a great deal of attention upon release, most of it overwhelmingly negative. The Catholic League of Decency gave it a "condemned" rating (the first one applied since the 1956 Baby Doll), the picture was charged with debauchery, and movie theaters across the nation discontinued its run. This bed-trick comedy had America's panties tied in a knot, with many arguing that one could not imagine a story so distasteful. As a reflection on changing mores and standards, though, it was rated GP in 1970 (eventually changed to PG-13 in 1994). ~ Aubry Anne D'Arminio

Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/2015
UPC: 0887090091107
Original Release: 1964
Rating: PG-13
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:05:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dean Martin Dino
Kim Novak Polly The Pistol
Ray Walston Orville J. Spooner
Felicia Farr Zelda "Lambchop" Spooner
Cliff Osmond Barney Millsap
Barbara Pepper Big Bertha
James Ward Milkman
Doro Merande Mrs. Pettibone
Howard McNear Mr. Pettibone
Bobo Lewis Waitress
Tom Nolan Johnnie Mulligan
John Fiedler Rev. Carruthers
Henry Beckman Truck Driver
Eileen O'Neill 2nd Showgirl
Mary Jane Saunders Actor
Alice Pearce Mrs. Mulligan
Arlen Stuart Rosalie Schultz
Cliff Norton Mack Gray
Mel Blanc Dr. Sheldrake
Bernd Hoffmann Barkeeper
Master Henry Gibson Smith
Alan Dexter Wesson

Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Charles C. Coleman Asst. Director
Loren Cosand Makeup
I.A.L. Diamond Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Wally Green Choreography
Doane Harrison Associate Producer
Wes Jeffries Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph La Shelle Cinematographer
Emile LaVigne Makeup
Robert Luthardt Art Director
Dan Mandell Editor
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
André Previn Score Composer
Milt Rice Special Effects
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Alexandre Trauner Production Designer
Allen K. Wood Production Manager

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kiss Me, Stupid
1. Chapter 1 [14:18]
2. Chapter 2 [12:17]
3. Chapter 3 [20:19]
4. Chapter 4 [15:40]
5. Chapter 5 [6:48]
6. Chapter 6 [8:40]
7. Chapter 7 [12:36]
8. Chapter 8 [18:14]
9. Chapter 9 [16:09]

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