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HALL OF FAMEon August 27, 2006
ALMOST A BRIDE (aka "A Kiss for Corliss") provides a fitting finale to Shirley Temple's screen career. This was a sequel to the popular "Kiss and Tell", in which Temple first played the lovesick teen Corliss Archer.

In this delightful film, Corliss becomes infatuated with the handsome and worldly playboy Kenneth Marquis (David Niven). She decides to get even with her boyfriend Dexter (Darryl Hickman) and write some steamy - and fake - sections about Kenneth in her diary. Complications arise when the diary falls into the hands of Kenneth and her parents. Naturally her parents are mortified, but Kenneth decides to have a little fun and play along with Corliss' games, so he places an article in the paper announcing his engagement to her! Fantastic support is provided by Tom Tully, Gloria Holden, Kathryn Card and Robert Ellis (who would later go on to play Dexter in the short-lived television sitcom "Meet Corliss Archer").

Temple is ideally-suited to Corliss and the entire film is a bright and breezy delight. Had Temple continued her film career, she would have been sensational as a screwball comedienne. Sadly audiences could not (or indeed would not) accept that little "Curly Top" was all grown up and ready for more challenging roles, and thus Temple retreated from the screen. Still, it's great to see this film surfacing on DVD (through the 'Cinema Deluxe' label from Geneon Entertainment) at a bargain price.

If you enjoyed this film, you will also love the television sitcom "Meet Corliss Archer". Several volumes of episodes from the series are available from Alpha Video Classics.

TECHNICAL DETAILS:
Single-sided, single-layer disc
Slimline case
Audio: 2-channel Dolby stereo
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on May 22, 2013
Since all the other reviews of "Almost A Bride" deal with the story line, I want to let everyone know about the quality of the picture on a TV screen.

I watched this on my 40-inch TV and it was almost a perfect picture. Most DVDs have a grainy appearance when viewed on any screen bigger than 19-inch. They were probably manufactured before the era of large-screen high def TVs.

The audio seemed a little low to me, but my wife says she could hear it fine.

One other thing, in case nobody else has mentioned it: "Almost A Bride" was not the title of this movie when it was released in 1949. It was called "A Kiss For Corliss", and that's how you'll see it listed in most Shirley Temple filmographies.

It's not really a sequel to 1945's "Kiss And Tell", but just another plot involving the same characters, but not the same actors playing them as in "Kiss And Tell".

Shirley and her mother constantly strove to get diverse roles for Shirley. David O. Selznick considered her briefly for the role that Ann Blythe eventually played in "Mildred Pierce". That would have snuffed her sweet, innocent persona!
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on July 9, 2006
Originally released as KISS FOR CORLISS, this 1949 coda of Temple's silver screen performances again finds Corliss Archer (Shirley Temple) with a crush on an older man. She secretly confesses to her diary an imagined relationship with wealthy, though frequently married, Kenneth Marquis (David Niven), 20 years her senior. Out of spite for a despised Mr. Archer, attorney for his last wife, Marquis confirms the story after Corliss's parents discover the diary. Wedding plans ensue. This leads to a public scandal and jealous true boyfriend, Dexter Franklin (Darryl Hickman).

It seems the only roles offered to teenage Temple were ones where she nurtured affections for mature men. (THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER, 1947; I'LL BE SEEING YOU, 1945) Though she likely wanted to play more womanly parts, from her youth she was type cast as a precocious girl. The quality of this delightful B+W film is surprisingly poor (fair w/o digital restoration) considering it is the treasured climax of Temple theater. This was a wonderful vehicle for prolific child-star Hickman's unbridled antics which were much more subdued in LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (1945) and too brief in THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS (1946). Though some of the acting may be a bit exaggerated, ALMOST A BRIDE is an enjoyable comedy for the entire family.

Movie quote: "Oh, and if the indignity of taking money from Daddy Dear ever becomes too great to bear, don't hesitate to call on me."
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on April 10, 2012
I SO enjoyed this movie. I showed it with the family, and we (ladies) were laughing so hard we could hardly hear all the dialogue. I enjoyed the actors/actresses and the situations these teens found themselves in were hilarious. Typical teen reactions! Definitely a family movie and a lot of fun. It was so nice to be pleasantly entertained rather than suffer through a modern-day "comedy" with obnoxious, immoral, un-necessary language and actions that one sees/hears everyday. I would recommend this for family or even a "girls night out" evening; it is just good, clean fun!
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on May 21, 2013
She doesn't play the sweet innocent precocious child in this movie so if your looking for more of the same then isn't it. The plot is rather quirky to say the least. Things go down hill when Shirley's character tell's a whopper of a lie to get out of trouble and when another lie she's told is added to the mix... the results are disastrous. It's a funny and good example of why one shouldn't lie. I enjoyed seeing her branch out into a roll that wasn't her norm; I thought she made an otherwise unbelievable character believable .
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on January 4, 2014
Well worth owning for the simple fact it is Shirley Temple's last film; there is also a prequel entitled Kiss and Tell, but I do not think it has ever been released on video. Light-hearted fare for the whole family!
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on June 6, 2013
This is a cute comedy film starring: Shirley Temple and David Niven. Geneon [Pioneer] DVD has a pretty good transfer with clear sound. It's surprising that this was her last film role since she was still young at that time. Overall this is a great movie and good DVD and I would recommend this.
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on May 7, 2013
another Shirley Temple stars as Carliss Archer in the follow-up to kiss and tell, in what would become her final Silver screen performance. once again Corliss is up to no good when she Develops a crush on the dashing playboy. I do not want to tell you to much
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on December 12, 2012
A grown-up Shirley Temple plays Corliss Archer, based on a popular radio program of the time. The plot is typical of the teen comedies of the time: Shirley invents a steamy romance to make her boyfriend jealous; she is out all night and feigns amnesia to avoid punishment. The twist here is David Niven, playing a well-to-do middle-aged man who has married a string of young women and is shocked, shocked to discover they only wanted him for his money. Niven is annoyed that Corliss' dad tried to prosecute him on a morals charge. When Corliss is discovered missing, her parents search her diary for clues to where she might be. They read Corliss' imaginary love affair with Niven and confront him. However, unlike Cary Grant in "The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer," Niven pretends the romance with the young girl is real -- even getting others to back him up.

This however is no "Bachelor." Except for Temple and Niven, the cast is guilty of some of the worst overacting you've ever seen. The plot is nonsense: Corliss' dad tried to send Niven to jail for taking advantage of young women, then allows his teenaged daughter to marry him? Niven's character is even more ludicrous. Bored at his trial, yet angry enough to risk the consequences of pretending to make love to an underaged girl? It's hard to be sympathetic to a guy who casually casts off his ex-wives, claiming that he is the true victim, but flirts with a teenager before the diary/amnesia occurs.

Recommended for Temple / Niven or 50's teen comedy fans only.
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on December 7, 2012
This movie is very comical and was great to see Shirley Temple. Wish she had done more adult movies. Enjoyed the romance between David Niven and Shirley. Good movie that shows days of fun.
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