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Kiss and Tell Details


If there were any doubts that little Shirley Temple was all grown up by 1945, those doubts were disippated by her appearance in Columbia's Kiss and Tell. Based on the mildly risque stage comedy by F. Hugh Herbert, the film casts Temple as impulsive teenager Corliss Archer, who is the only person in on the secret marriage between her GI brother and local girl Mildred Pringle (Virginia Welles). When Mildred becomes pregnant, Corliss can't reveal the marriage, since the Archers and the Pringles aren't overly fond of one another. Thus it is that Corliss herself pretends to be expecting, intending to claim Mildred's baby as her own. She further identifies her next-door boyfriend Dexter Franklin (Jerome Courtland) as the father, opening yet another can of worms. Somehow this mess straightens itself out, but not before several "chancy" scenes and lines of dialogue that must have given the Hollywood censors headaches aplenty. Kiss and Tell (the original play, that is) not only spawned a 1949 movie sequel, Jerome Courtland, but also inspired the popular radio and TV sitcom Jerome Courtland. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 4, 1945


Shirley Temple
as Corliss Archer
Jerome Courtland
as Dexter Franklin
Walter Abel
as Harry Archer
Katherine Alexander
as Janet Archer
Robert Benchley
as Uncle George
Porter Hall
as Bill Franklin
Edna Holland
as Mary Franklin
Tom Tully
as Bob Pringle
Darryl Hickman
as Raymond Pringle
Kathryn Card
as Louise
Jessie Arnold
as Mrs. Waldo
Frank Darien
as Elmer K. Waldo
Darren McGavin
as Technical Sergeant
Isabel Withers
as Nora Wilcox
Jessie Arnold
as Mrs. Waldo
Darren McGavin
as Technical Sergeant
Frank Darien
as Elmer K. Waldo


Richard Wallace
George Abbott
Frederick Hugh Herbert
Werner Richard Heymann
Charles Lawton
Werner Richard Heymann
Composer (Music Score)
Morris W. Stoloff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Stephen Goosson
Art Director
Van Nest Polglase
Art Director
Sol C. Siegel
Associate Producer
Joseph Kish
Set Designer
Jean Louis
Costume Designer