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Thursday, August 17, 2017

8/13/17 Episode 62: Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)



Listen to Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch Kiss Me, Stupid (1964), embedded above, at the same time.  Start with the podcast. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser. 

I have a "Skidoo!" rule for bad movies. The rule decrees that if you know a famous director for just the director's flops, you owe it yourself to watch the rest of the director's films. Like I've seen Skidoo (1968) enough times to seek out other Otto Preminger pictures, like Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) and the first twenty minutes of Bunny Lake is Missing (1965) every time it airs on TCM. If you enjoyed our O.C. and Stiggs episode, why don't check out the other films by Robert Altman?

The exceptional Billy Wilder, who casted Preminger in Sunset Boulevard (1950), made a lot of great movies - like Sunset Boulevard - but I can see bad movie fans watching this episode's film and no other Wilder film. Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) was a misguided sex comedy aimed at adult audiences, like Showgirls (1995) or A Night in Heaven (1983). Dean Martin, going meta as Vegas singer Dino, meets a songwriter with a scheme. Songwriter hires a prostitute (Kim Novak) to play his wife, and offers Dino a night with her in exchange of singing one of his songs. OK, then.

This rare movie is now on YouTube, which is what we celebrate on this podcast. I first saw this twenty years ago at the Roxie in San Francisco. My friend Steve said something very profound to me. He said, "Man, you can bounce a quarter off of Kim Novak's ass."

Programming note: Carl and I never finished the movie, promised to return to it, but I doubt we will.



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