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The Naked Kiss (1964)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 21 April 1965 (France)
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Kelly, a prostitute, traumatised by an experience, referred to as 'The Naked Kiss,' by psychiatrists, leaves her past, and finds solace in the town of Grantville. She meets Griff, the ... See full summary »

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Samuel Fuller

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Samuel Fuller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Conrad Karen Conrad ... Dusty
Marie Devereux Marie Devereux ... Buff
Betty Bronson ... Miss Josephine
Patsy Kelly ... Mac
Virginia Grey ... Candy
Michael Dante ... Grant
Anthony Eisley ... Griff
Constance Towers ... Kelly
Linda Francis Linda Francis ... Rembrandt
Bill Sampson Bill Sampson ... Jerry
Sheila Mintz Sheila Mintz ... Receptionist
Patricia Gayle Patricia Gayle ... Nurse
Jean-Michel Michenaud ... Kip (as Gerald Michenaud)
George Spell George Spell ... Tim
Christopher Barrey Christopher Barrey ... Peanuts (as Christopher Barry)
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Kelly, a prostitute, traumatised by an experience, referred to as 'The Naked Kiss,' by psychiatrists, leaves her past, and finds solace in the town of Grantville. She meets Griff, the police captain of the town, with whom she spends a romantic afternoon. Kelly finds a job as a nurse in a hospital for handicapped children. The work helps her find her sensitive side in the caring and helping of her young patients. Kelly's path towards happiness is thrown amiss, when she witnesses a shocking event, which threatens not just her happiness, but her mental health as well. Written by Alejandro Frias

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Shock and Shame Story of a Night Girl! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1965 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Iron Kiss See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Samuel Fuller: It is Fuller's hand from the left side of the screen that grabs Kelly's wig off her head in the infamous opening scene. If one freeze-frames the scene you can see Fuller's face, his eyes covered with sunglasses. See more »

Goofs

When Kelly approaches the porch of the house with the room for rent, she picks up the newspaper and hands it to the landlady who has opened the door. The newspaper, as picked up by Kelly, is snugly rolled up and bound with a rubber band, but in the next frame, taken from inside as we see landlady and Kelly come through the door, the newspaper in the landlady's hand is not a rolled up paper, but one that is simply folded in half. See more »

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Candy: Nobody shoves dirty money in my mouth.
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"Charlie" played by Himself Charlie is Miss Josephine's dressmaker's dummy which she has dressed as her fiancé who was killed in World War II. See more »

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Santa Lucia
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Interesting, but I don't quite get it.
16 November 1999 | by Bobs-9See all my reviews

This is the second Fuller film that I've seen (the other one was "Shock Corridor"). I can't say that I was bored, but I really don't see why these films are held in such high esteem by some people (including famous film-makers like Scorsese). "The Naked Kiss" is certainly a good-looking film. The black and white cinematography is excellent, as you would expect from those involved. But stylistically, the film is kind of a mess -- a weird mixture of soap opera, film noir, 1960's-style psychological drama, and kinky shocker. For fans of the latter, that infamous opening scene certainly promises a lot more than the rest of the film delivers. As it seems to belong to no particular genre, perhaps Fuller's work could be considered a genre in itself. As has been pointed out elsewhere, if watched in the right company it can be a real camp hoot. But honestly, I think this film is far too flawed to be called a masterpiece, as some people have. The acting is fairly nasty, the script not much better. And that horrendous scene where our heroine sings that sickeningly sweet, cloying, endless song with the kids at the hospital! Good Lord, it's one of the most embarrassingly awful things I've ever seen on film! It seemed to induce actual physical pain, I kid you not! The subject of child abuse, which occurs in the film, was fairly progressive for its time, I'll grant, but hardly unique. If you can, see an even earlier film (1961) called "The Mark," with Stuart Whitman, Maria Schell and Rod Steiger. While staying in the confines of early '60s constrictions, it addressed the subject in a much more powerful and direct manner, to greater effect. I guess I'd have to consider Fuller one of those "cult film" figures. Either you get it, or you don't.


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