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Kiss Them for Me is a 1957 comedy film starring Cary Grant and Jayne Mansfield, directed by Stanley Donen. Co-stars included Leif Erickson, Ray Walston, Werner Klemperer and Suzy Parker.

Plot

Three decorated Navy pilots finagle a four-day leave in San Franciscomarker. They land a posh suite at a hotel where Commander Andy Crewson, a master of procurement, arranges to populate it with wine, women and song.

Blonde bombshell Alice Kratzner is one of these women, lured to the suite under the false pretense that Crewson has a stash of nylon stockings. Once there, she is naturally attracted to Crewson, but later turns her attention to Lieutenant McCann, a married man who also is in the process of running for a Congressional seat back home in Connecticutmarker. If he is elected, McCann can leave the Navy immediately and return to civilian life.

Lieutenant Wallace tries to get the three pilots, including "Mississip," to make morale-raising speeches at the plants of shipyard magnate Eddie Turnbill, so that Turnbill will vouch for the men with the Navy and also to grease a popular job for himself upon leaving the service. Crewson and his cohorts, however, are physically and mentally exhausted from the war and simply want to enjoy a few days away from it.

Suffering from combat stress and confronted with a number of reminders of the horrors of war, Crewson tries to amuse himself by making a play for Turnbill's attractive fiancée, Gwinneth Livingston. She resists his advances at first, but ultimately throws her engagement ring in Turnbill's face. Crewson declares his love for her shortly before he and his mates board a plane leaving San Francisco to return to duty.

Commentary

Grant fought to make this movie, as he wanted to bring out into the open the ongoing problem of what is now labeled Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but the studio wanted another "light-hearted war comedy".

The script points out the differences in attitude and perception between combat veterans and both civilians and those in the military who spend the war safely at home.

The film was the first starring performance for Suzy Parker, one of the world's foremost fashion models.

It proved to be the last starring role in a mainstream Hollywood film for Jayne Mansfield, who shared over-the-title billing with Grant, even though her role was considerably smaller than his.

The McGuire Sisters sang the film's theme, Kiss Them for Me.

Cast

Cary Grant ... Lieutenant Commander Andy Crewson

Jayne Mansfield ... Alice Kratzner

Leif Erickson ... Eddie Turnbill

Suzy Parker ... Gwinneth Livingston

Ray Walston ... Lieutenant McCann

Larry Blyden ... Mississip

Nathaniel Frey ... CPO Ruddle

Werner Klemperer ... Lt. Walter Wallace



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