Monday, September 9, 2013

Youtube Freebies: Kiss And Tell (1945)

This is another series I'm going to try to keep going where I will give you a brief review of some free classic movies I've watched on youtube. The criteria will be that they must be from the 1960s or older and the full movie must be available on youtube for free. (Although I cannot promise that it will still be available forever on youtube, you know how that is.) Seriously, youtube, who doesn't like free movies?

"Kiss And Tell" is a 1945 movie starring Shirley Temple, Jerome Courtland, Walter Abel, and Katherine Alexander. It was directed by Richard Wallace and produced by Sol C. Siegel for Columbia Pictures. It was based on the Broadway play by the same name, which was based on the Corliss Archer short stories. All of which was written by F. Hugh Herbert. (Source Wikipedia)

I used to watch Shirley Temple movies with my mom as a kid, so I've been a fan of hers for a while. I especially can admire her talent and how many movies she made now that I'm an adult. I can't imagine how hard she must have worked and what long hours would have been involved. And even though I had seen pretty much everything she was in until Kathleen, I had never really been able to find or see any of the movies she made as an older teenager or an adult.

Corliss(Shirley) selling kisses.
Without giving much away, I'll tell you a little bit about the movie. It starts with Corliss(Shirley) and her slightly older friend Mildred trying to sell guest towels to raise money for the war effort(WWII), and when Corliss calls her boyfriend Dexter over to sweet talk him into buying some from her, she rewards him with a kiss. This is seen by some soldiers passing by who assume it is a kissing booth, and so the girls start selling kisses and have the boys lined up for yards. That is, until their mothers both get in line to congratulate them for selling so many guest towels.

Promotional still of Mr. Archer, Corliss's
father and Corliss(Shirley).
The parents are upset with the girls, but become even more upset with eachother, as each tries to blame the other's daughter for being a bad influence over their little girl. Hilarity ensues and oddly so do scandalous accusations, and the kids have a big secret to hide which eventually brings the two families back together for good.

Corliss and Dexter, the boy next door.
At first glance this movie just looks like a cute little comedy, but if you watch it you're in for a treat. I think Shirley does a wonderful job in the character she plays and the other actors are spot on as well. It's a good clean comedy, and I really like that about it.

Corliss trying on a suspender skirt her
mother is sewing. 
And did I mention that it's chocked full of adorable 1940s hair and fashion inspiration? Shirley has one of the most fabulous wardrobes in this movie. I only wish I could have every one of her outfits in this. *Sigh* Guess it's back to the old sewing machine...

So, if you'd like to watch "Kiss and Tell" click here to check it out on youtube. It's the full movie and it's free!

And let me know what you think of a seventeen year old Shirley Temple playing comedy, won't you?

And I hope to list more movie reviews of free youtube classics soon. I'll be seeing you!

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