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Genre  Musical
Director  Victor Schertzinger
Story by  Clare Boothe Luce
Country  United States
6/10 IMDb

Duration  
Running time  1h 25m
Costume design  Edith Head
Language  English
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Release date  1941
Based on  play by Clare Boothe Luce
Writer  Clare Boothe Luce (play), Dwight Taylor, Harry Tugend
Cast  Don Ameche (Lloyd Lloyd), Mary Martin (Cindy Lou Bethany), Oscar Levant (Dick Rayburn), Virginia Dale (Gwendolyn Abbott), Barbara Jo Allen (Myra Stanhope), Raymond Walburn (Top Rumson)
Similar movies  Related Victor Schertzinger movies

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Kiss the Boys Goodbye is a 1941 comedy film based on a play by Clare Boothe Luce which was inspired by the search for an actress to play Scarlett O'Hara in the film version of Gone with the Wind.

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Plot

Cindy Lou Bethany was raised in the South, but is now a struggling actress and chorus girl in New York City, eager to find a starring role. An audition to portray a Southern belle in a big production is her big chance, but it ends before she gets a chance to show director Lloyd Lloyd what she can do.

The show's financial backer Top Rumson and writer Bert Fisher would like to hire a newcomer, but Lloyd feels more comfortable with his old standby, Gwendolyn Abbott, even though she seems all wrong for this part. The producers travel South to cast the role, so Cindy Lou follows them there, looking up her Aunt Lily Lou and Uncle Jefferson Davis Bethany and scheming to show the New Yorkers what she can do.

Cindy Lou surprises everyone, not only with a musical number showing off her talents, but with a striptease thrown in that ends up with her diving into a swimming pool. Rayburn and others are delighted, but Lloyd is unamused and Gwen quarrels with Cindy Lou, who proceeds to toss her into the pool, too. By the time Lloyd returns to New York, however, he realizes that exactly the actress he is looking for is Cindy Lou, making her a star.

Cast

  • Mary Martin as Cindy Lou Bethany
  • Don Ameche as Lloyd Lloyd
  • Oscar Levant as Dick Rayburn
  • Virginia Dale as Gwen Abbott
  • Raymond Walburn as Top Rumson
  • Barbara Jo Allen as Myra Stanhope
  • Minor Watson as Uncle Jeff
  • Elizabeth Patterson as Aunt Lily Lou
  • Jerome Cowan as Bert Fisher
  • Connee Boswell as Polly
  • Original play

    Luce completed the play in 1937 for producer Max Gordon. Brock Pemberton was attached as director.

    The play opened in 1938.

    References

    Kiss the Boys Goodbye Wikipedia
    Kiss the Boys Goodbye IMDb Kiss the Boys Goodbye themoviedb.org


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