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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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cleopatra Arms See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The poem that Willoughby quotes from when he first meets Phillips is "Old Ironsides" by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. 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

Horace Willoughby: Aren't you interested in the Cleopatra Arms, Mr. Phillips?
Eric Phillips: Well, yes of course I'm interested, I mean you see Mr. Danilo, he makes all my investments.
Horace Willoughby: Well the Cleopatra Arms is hardly an investment in stone, wood and plumbing, Mr. Phillips. To 53 people, it spells home.
Eric Phillips: Oh, that's fine.
Horace Willoughby: Name any other building in Morningside Heights that has a marquee to protect its tenants in bad weather.
Eric Phillips: I'm sure I couldn't.
Horace Willoughby: I've turned down a great many people who wanted to buy the house, Mr. Phillips. But ...
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Marche Funèbre'
(uncredited)
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
[Eric plays the piece on the piano after he says "victory is in sight" concerning Botts]
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Labored, labored
20 September 2018 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Alleged comedy, and comedy is not what Delmer Daves did well, about a cloistered concert pianist (David Niven, who's supposed to be 27 and was 41 and seems to know it) romancing a model (Jane Wyman; comedy was never her forte, either) in a New York apartment house run by Victor Moore, in his usual adorable-old-man mode (he twinkles almost as much as Barry Fitzgerald would). Every actor in this thing does what we've seen him/her do before, from Broderick Crawford bellowing to Joseph Buloff and Maria Ouspenskaya peddling florid accents, and poor Wayne Morris playing a character that makes no sense, a fiance of Wyman's we're supposed to hate. The slapstick is elaborate and badly staged, the conflict is essentially resolved long before it's over, and about the nicest thing is Max Steiner's scoring of the title song, which is by Victor Herbert, who doesn't even get a screen credit. I'm surprised to see so many user reviews calling it charming and fun; I generally like Warner comedies from this period, but this one's a waste.


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