1964 ***1/2 91 mins.
Samuel Fuller's mastery of kitsch is evident in The Naked Kiss, a cheesy, pulp melodrama that hammers its points a bit too hard. Kids playing in an alley behind a jail? Really? A former prostitute gets a job helping handicapped children? Really? However, one can't deny that this film is a very fun little flick. The cinematography by Stanley Cortez is beautiful, even if Fuller's editing techniques leave something to be desired. The film's opening scene is amazing, even if it's not fully explained in the end. The film is surely a mixed bag, but its entertainment value is undeniable. Just give in to The Naked Kiss, set your pickiness aside, and have a good time.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.66:1
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