A Kiss in the Dark (1949)

Genres - Comedy  |   Release Date - Mar 26, 1949 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Perhaps A Kiss in the Dark would have been a better film had it been directed by someone other than Delmer Daves. It might not necessarily have been a great film, mind you, but it would have been better than this slow-paced outing. The screenplay is nothing to write home about, and any director would have had to work hard to make it shine. But someone with a lighter touch, a flair for comedy, or an idea about pacing, setup, and payoff could have made it a more than passable entertainment. The not-untalented Daves is simply operating out of his element, and it's quite damaging. Certainly, Kiss' failure is not the fault of its cast, which includes a Jane Wyman who has never looked more delicious and who turns in a lovely performance. David Niven is also very good company to be with, even if he's asked to indulge in a number of slapstick gags that just are not his forte. Broderick Crawford perhaps suffers most from the lack of an appropriate director; his work is very committed, but it's as if he's working in a different, much more serious film. Victor Moore is better, and the rest of the supporting cast is fine. There's just not much they can do with the less-than-adequate direction and writing.