Friday, November 2, 2012

Kiss Me, Stupid

Kiss Me, Stupid 
Released Date: December 25, 1964
Director: Billy Wilder
Actors: Dean Martin, Kim Novak, Ray Walston, Felicia Farr, Cliff Osmond, Barbara Pepper, Doro Merande, Howard McNear, Tommy Nolan, Alice Pearce, John Fiedler, and Cliff Norton

     This was a great laugh, a fun movie and one I can say I will watch over and over. Fun trivia facts to know is that Ray Walston's roll was going to be given to actors such as: Peter Sellers (who had a heart attack, so was not able to make the movie), Bob Hope, Tony Randall, Danny Kaye, and Tom Ewell. Also, a few cool facts about Kim Novak, one day after a hard day at work, Novak made everyone (cast and director included) sandwiches and also cookies. She was also to wear naval stones, she usually wore rhinestones, but on St. Patrick's Day, she decided to wear an emerald instead, and made the whole cast laugh. The part of Kim Novak was to be given to Marilyn Monroe, she died shortly before the filming began, so Novak took the lead in this movie instead. I loved Novak in the roll myself.

     Singer Dino (Dean Martin) is on his way to Hollywood, and as he stops for gas in Nevada, he meets the gas attendant and the house owner that lives across the street from the station. The house owner is Orville (Ray Walston), who happens to be a very unsteady husband. Thinking that even the milkman, his best friend (the gas attendant) and even his piano student is trying to steal his wife. Orville happens to be a great musician and plays the piano beautifully. While the gas attendant, Barney (Cliff Osmond) writes the words, the pair make a great duo. Barney realizes who he has in front of him and he needs to get his best friend over to meet the great Dino. What's the plan? To get Dino to hear their music and get them started on a career. But first, the gas attendant decides to break down his car so he can't leave to go to Hollywood. At least, not yet. Orville, being the unsteady husband, decides to kick his wife Zelda (Felicia Farr) out of the house for a few days because she happens to love Dino's music. Then Barney decides to bring over a woman from the bellybutton dance restaurant to Orville's to meet Dino and play Orville's wife. Who is it other than the beautiful Polly the Pistol (Kim Novak). The whole thing gets turned around, and Orville's wife becomes rather confused. But watch as the whole thing unravels. And see if Orville and his best friend become the stars they dreamed of. 

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