Kiss and Make-Up

Kiss and Make-Up is a 1934 romantic comedy film starring Cary Grant as a doctor who specializes in making women beautiful. Helen Mack and Genevieve Tobin play his romantic entanglements. The film was based on the play Kozmetika by István Békeffy [de]. All of the WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1934 were cast in roles in the film.[1]

Kiss and Make-Up
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Directed byHarlan Thompson
Produced byB. P. Schulberg
Written byIstván Békeffy [de] (play)
Harlan Thompson
StarringCary Grant
Helen Mack
Genevieve Tobin
Music byRalph Rainger
John Leipold
Tom Satterfield
CinematographyLeon Shamroy
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • July 13, 1934 (1934-07-13)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States



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Andre Sennwald of The New York Times labelled the film a "first-class lingerie bazaar and a third-class entertainment,[3] though he thought that Grant had brought much liveliness to the part. Winthrop Sargent of Variety thought that Grant performed well as the doctor, but was of the opinion that he and Horton overplayed their parts "too strongly for laughs".[4] Pauline Kael later praised Grant's performance and thought that he had used his skills developed in vaudeville to good use in the film, displaying a "sense of fun" with "confident, full-hearted exhibitionism".[5]


  1. ^ Back caption, 1 May 1934 Paramount Productions, Inc., publicity photo for this film. Photo shows the director, leading lady, and the thirteen WAMPAS baby stars and identifies them as such and lists them by name and place in a caption on the rear of the photo.
  2. ^ Michael L. Stephens (1998). Art Directors in Cinema: A Worldwide Biographical Dictionary. McFarland. pp. 101–103.
  3. ^ Wansell 2013, p. 36.
  4. ^ Deschner 1973, pp. 74-5.
  5. ^ Kael 1994, p. 642.


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