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A Kiss in the Dark (1949)

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kuß im Dunkeln See more »

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Production Co:

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

Soundtracks

Sonata Op. 13, 'Pathétique' - I. Grave. Allegro di molto e con brio
(uncredited)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
[The music is first heard when Eric enters the dining room of his apartment to eat with Peter and Soames, then played intermittently throughout the movie]
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Strained Whimsy
15 December 2003 | by abooboo-2See all my reviews

Comedy is all about timing, of course, and Delmer Daves, the director has horrible timing and no feel for comedy. Scene after scene falls flat, some of which at least had the potential to be funny. He elicits an embarrassing performance from Broderick Crawford as an ill-tempered tenant who sleeps during the day, and yells at everyone with such murderous violence you fear he's going to go on a killing spree, when it's obviously a subplot that's supposed to be played for yuks. Niven, as the pampered pianist, and Wyman, as a down-to-earth print model, are likable as always (and Wyman displays fantastic legs wearing white shorts in one scene where Niven literally can't take his eyes off her) but they can only do so much with the middling material. Victor Moore supplies the film's only laughs as the curious little man who runs the apartment building, Willoughby.

Very familiar "Local Hero" plot line which I'm usually a sucker for but it requires a filmmaker with a much lighter touch.


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