Duration Running time1h 25m Costume designEdith Head LanguageEnglish
Release date1941 Based onplay by Clare Boothe Luce WriterClare Boothe Luce (play), Dwight Taylor, Harry Tugend CastDon 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 moviesRelated 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.
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.
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
Luce completed the play in 1937 for producer Max Gordon. Brock Pemberton was attached as director.