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Film / The Kiss (1958)

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The Kiss is a 1958 short film (29 minutes) directed by Everett Chambers.

A young man in New York is lonely. Other young men and women are making love connections, but not him. He answers a "lonely hearts" advertisement in the newspaper, and meets a pretty woman—but at the end of the date, when she puckers her lips for a kiss, he panics and ditches her. He gets an instructional manual, Art of Kissing, and goes out on a second lonely hearts blind date. Surprising consequences follow.

Madlyn Rhue, who appears as the hot girl in the park, later starred in one of the most famous episodes of Star Trek, "Space Seed". John Astin, seen as the man kissing a woman on a park bench, later played Gomez Addams on The Addams Family.



  • all lowercase letters: All the opening and closing credits are presented this way.
  • Amusement Park: The man takes his second date to Coney Island.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: The man runs into his first date in the park, and they kiss each other enthusiastically, implying that he has found love at last.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Our protagonist is about to take a drink from a fountain in the park when he sees a curvaceous babe (Madlyn Rhue) in a tight dress sitting on a bench. He never gets his drink; the water splashes against his cheek while he stares at her.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The young man leaves work one afternoon with a friend. His friend then meets a girlfriend and dashes away. The jealous, frustrated stare of the protagonist reveals that he's lonely and wants a girl.
  • Match Cut:
    • The young man watches a boy flinging a hat up in the air in the park. Cut to the man watching a chef flinging a pizza crust up in the air.
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    • From the man's second date laughing, to an animatronic dummy laughing at the amusement park.
  • Monochrome to Color: The entire film is presented in black and white, up until the last minute or so, when the young man and his date kiss. At that point the film switches to color and stays that way through the last scene and the credits, symbolizing how the young man has finally found true love.
  • Nameless Narrative: As it's a silent film, no names are given for any characters.
  • P.O.V. Cam: Used in the scene where the man kisses his second date. First we see the camera zoom in as he kisses her, then we see the camera pull back, right before the woman slaps him.
  • Silence Is Golden: No dialogue in the film.
  • Visual Title Drop
    • The man tries to kiss his second date. It's a disastrous mistake, as she slaps him and stalks away.
    • Then, after randomly meeting his first date at the amusement park, they share a passionate kiss.