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A Kiss in the Dark (1949)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 26 March 1949 (USA)
An exhausted concert pianist learns he is the owner of an apartment building; after being advised to move there to rest, he becomes involved in the lives of his eccentric tenants.

Director:

Delmer Daves

Writers:

Everett Freeman (story "Cleopatra Arms"), Devery Freeman (story "Cleopatra Arms") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Niven ... Eric Phillips
Jane Wyman ... Polly Haines
Victor Moore ... Horace Willoughby
Wayne Morris ... Bruce Arnold
Broderick Crawford ... Mr. Botts
Joseph Buloff ... Peter Danilo
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Mme. Karina
Curt Bois ... Hugo Schloss
Percival Vivian Percival Vivian ... Benton
Raymond Greenleaf ... Martin Soames
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Storyline

Snooty concert pianist Eric Phillips is tired and beginning to fear he's losing his talent. His condition is not helped when he discovers he's the owner of an apartment building and the tenants have a long list of grievances. His manager suggests he move into the building for a rest, an idea that initially does not appeal to Eric. He begins to feel differently as he becomes involved in the lives of his eccentric tenants, especially a pretty model named Polly. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cleopatra Arms See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Maria Ouspenskaya before her death on December 3 1949 from a stroke following burns sustained in a house fire. See more »

Goofs

While in the nightclub, Jane Wyman is steadily sipping on the club's signature drink. The level of liquid continues to stay full after several sips. See more »

Quotes

Eric Phillips: [shouting over the loud music] What's it called?
Polly Haines: Music!
Eric Phillips: I can tell that by the instruments, but what's the name of it?
Polly Haines: Roll Me Up In Breadcrumbs, Daddy, Cause I Wanna Get Fried!
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Connections

Referenced in The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude in C minor, Op. 28, No. 20
(uncredited)
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
[Eric plays the piece on the piano after he scowls at Bruce's photograph in Polly's apartment]
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cute comedy
18 January 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

David Niven is an isolated concert pianist who is swept into the lives of apartment house residents in "A Kiss in the Dark," also starring Jane Wyman. Niven is excellent as a man who knows no other world than that of the concert stage and the practice room, and his handlers like it that way. When an apartment manager visits him, Niven learns that one of his investments is The Cleopatra Apartments. One look at Jane Wyman in her shorts and Niven decides not to be an absentee landlord.

This is a very entertaining comedy, and I agree with previous posters that there are laugh out loud scenes. Some of the comedy is provided by, of all people, Broderick Crawford as a subletter who works at night and sleeps -- or tries to -- all day. It's a different role for Crawford, and he does it very well.

Wyman is very pretty and vivacious as an apartment dweller who falls for Niven, and the two have wonderful chemistry. Handsome Wayne Morris is her insurance salesman boyfriend. This isn't the most fabulous film you'll ever see, but it's a fun one.


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