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The Kiss (1929)

An unhappily married woman is caught up in scandal and murder when her affection toward a young man is misinterpreted.

Director:

Jacques Feyder

Writers:

George M. Saville (from the story by), Hanns Kräly (scenario) (as Hans Kraly) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Irene Guarry
Conrad Nagel ... André Dubail
Anders Randolf ... M. Charles Guarry
Holmes Herbert ... M. Lassalle
Lew Ayres ... Pierre Lassalle
George Davis George Davis ... Detective Durant
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Storyline

Irene is unhappily married to an older businessman, but very much in love with a handsome young lawyer. He doesn't want to add to her unhappiness by ruining her marriage; she is terrified of her husband's jealousy and anger. They decide to stop seeing each other, and she bides her time with Pierre, a young friend of the family who walks their dogs and is in puppy love with Irene. When Pierre is about to leave for college, he begs her for a goodbye kiss. She agrees, and who should walk in while it is happening, but her ailing and financially distraught husband... Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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A woman made for love... sacrificed on the altar of a desperate passion... (Print Ad-Nashua telegraph, ((Nashua, NH)) 5 December 1929)

Genres:

Romance | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kysset See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$257,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$518,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$387,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System) (musical score and sound effects)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Both times when Madame is abbreviated is French, it is spelled Mme followed by a period. The period should not be there. In addition, in the newspaper headline a-t-Elle Tue son mari, tue needs an accent tué and elle should not be capitalized. See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits, the name of André, Conrad Nagel's character, is spelled "Ardré." See more »

Quotes

Pierre: You know I'm eighteen years old. I'm passed the age of puppy love.
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Alternate Versions

MGM also released this movie without a soundtrack, as a totally silent film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood Without Make-Up (1963) See more »

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Helvetia
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Music by Aristide Carlo Scassola
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Garbo's finale from the silent screen
1 September 2000 | by nickandrewSee all my reviews

Married socialite Garbo gives an innocent kiss to a younger man Ayres who is infatuated with her, which conveys to the mysterious murder of her husband. Absurd, but entertaining drama was Garbo's and MGM's final silent, and is notable as Ayres first feature film. Contains music score and some sound effects.


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