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Too Many Kisses

1925

Adventure / Comedy / Drama / Romance

6.8

Synopsis

Richard Gaylord, Jr. is a modern Lothario who has so many sweethearts that his father does not know what to do with him. Tired of paying to get his son out of one romantic entanglement after another, the elder Gaylord sends his son to the Basque region of France, believing that the women there will accept attentions only from their own people. Almost immediately, a local girl, Yvonne Hurja becomes infatuated with Richard, whom she sees as being able to help her break free from the unwanted attention of local guardsman Julio. A rivalry grows between Richard and Julio.

Director

Paul Sloane

Cast

Richard Dix
as Richard Gaylord, Jr.
Frances Howard
as Yvonne Hurja
William Powell
as Don Julio
Frank Currier
as Richard Gaylord, Sr.
Joseph Burke
as Mr. Simmons
Albert Tavernier
as Manuel Hurja

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by F Gwynplaine MacIntyre N/A

Dix and Marx: Harpo speaks!

"Too Many Kisses" has attracted a lot of attention in recent years because Harpo Marx appears in this silent comedy. I attended a rare screening of "Too Many Kisses" in the same building where it had been filmed 70 years earlier (originally the Paramount studio in Astoria, New York, now the American Museum of the Moving Image), and a lot of Marx Brothers fans had come to AMMI from as far away as California for this brief glimpse of Harpo.

This film is quite funny. "Too Many Kisses" stars Richard Dix as the playboy son of a New York industrialist. Dix's father (Frank Currier) wants Dix to get away from his many girlfriends and buckle down to work, so Currier sends Dix to an obscure village in Spain to find samples of a rare mineral. (I'll call this mineral McGuffinite, because it's in the movie only as a plot device.) When Dix gets to Spain, he runs afoul of the local police chief, played by William Powell in an excellent performance. Powell is remembered for the suave leading roles he played in the sound era, but in silent films he was typecast as a villain. In "Too Many Kisses", Powell has a secret which he tries to keep Dix from discovering. (You'll find it out a lot sooner than Dix does.)

Harpo Marx has a VERY small role as the village idiot in this Spanish burg, who gets beatings from the local bully. Harpo makes his first appearance (in one brief close-up) about 25 minutes into the film, then he isn't seen again until much later. Harpo's physical appearance and behaviour in this silent movie are very similar to his later starring roles, except that in "Too Many Kisses" he just occasionally speaks. Harpo has TWO lines of dialogue in this film, and it's slightly jarring to see Harpo Marx talk on screen. Of course, we don't hear his voice: we see his dialogue in the silent-film intertitles. He does some unfunny comedy bits, such as trying to pour wine into his mouth while holding the flask at arm's length. Harpo *IS* funny in a later scene, when he gets revenge against the bully.

The German actor Paul Panzer, who plays Pedro in this film, had a long career as a silent-screen baddie: he played the main villain in the famous silent-film serial "The Perils of Pauline".

The funniest sequence in "Too Many Kisses" is the balcony scene, in which Dix and Powell try to woo the same señorita (with neither man aware of the other's presence). Also funny is a fight scene at the end of the film, when Dix's father shows up to find out why Dix hasn't found any McGuffinite yet. Harpo isn't in these scenes. I'm a Marx Brothers fan, but ... really, Harpo has almost nothing to do in this film. I'll score "Too Many Kisses" 7 out of 10. Think of Harpo's presence as a bonus in a film which is an excellent vehicle for its star Richard Dix.

Reviewed by boblipton 5 /10

Too Many Kisses, Not Enough Jokes

Frank Currier is a mining engineer who has a huge worldwide operation. He spends his profits buying off women whom his son, Richard Dix, has captivated. To save some of the money, he ships Dix off to Basque country under the supervision of Joseph Burke. The Basque woman, Burke informs him, never have anything to do with non-Basque men. Unfortunately, no one has told Basque beauty Frances Howard, and the two are soon canoodling. This upsets policeman/bandit William Powell, who arranges for his death..... futilely as it turns out, because Dix is the star of this movie, and how deadly do you expect your thugs to be when one of them is Harpo Marx in a biretta instead of a battered top hat?

This movie has been sought for many years because of Harpo's appearance. It was listed confidently as 'lost' until it turned up in a 16mm. print in Irvin Willat's estate. The copy that played last night on Turner Classc Movies was in beautiful condition, alas, while the romantic parts are good, the comedy bits aren't that funny. Well, it's one to check off the list.

Reviewed by mmipyle 7 /10

Fun show! Harpo Marx' film debut. Leaves you with a smile...

"Too Many Kisses" (1925) stars Richard Dix and Frances Howard, though many will want to watch this to see a speaking (silent, of course(!), but nevertheless speaking) Harpo Marx. His character plays almost as it would in the future talkies he made, but he lacks a top hat - substitute a beret - and he's not quite as off-the-wall; well, almost not quite as... Others in this romantic comedy are William Powell - who easily gives the best performance as the nasty - Frank Currier, Joseph Burke, and Albert Tavernier, plus the henchmen and several others who fill out scenes. In a story that could only happen in the mind of film scenarists, this is about a man who can't avoid falling for women, making promises to them - such as a firm marriage - then being constantly sued for breach of promise, costing his father a fortune. His father is extremely wealthy, but the costs to pay off his son's suiters are beginning to take a toll, if not on his wealth necessarily, on his anxiety and health. SO - he sends his son off to the Basque country in the Pyrenees between France and Spain where the women only marry other Basque men...only other Basque men... Here, Dix meets Frances Howard, but he also meets her suiter, Powell, the chief of police, the capo di tuti capi, and an expert knife thrower, should the need - or the wish - arise. You can already see where this is going. It's pleasant going, beginning with a very mildly comedic engine rev-up. But the film progresses very incrementally, building and building quite well, with a mixture of comedy, drama, romance, and a good dollop of comedy/drama - with Harpo Marx served up as well. Dix is an actor who has a fine range, though narrow individual style of presenting that range. Known mostly as a tough character in sagas, nevertheless he began in a host of different types of films, from "The Ten Commandments" (1923) to rough-house comedies like "The Shock Punch" (1925), and originally served in a new takeover position after Wallace Reid died as a follow-up actor in Reid's type of film in things like "The Lucky Devil" (1925). He's best remembered now, perhaps, as the star in the series of films where he played "The Whistler" (1944-47).

This is on a new Blu-Ray from the Film Preservation Society, highly toned, with a few titles tinted, and a lovely musical score by Bill Marx, Harpo's son.

Just as a side note, I find it curious that I have five DVDs or Blu-Rays of Dix movies from 1925. Why so many from that year are available when he made so many films from as far back as 1917 seems odd to me. He's not an actor too many people remember anymore, though he certainly deserves to be better known. His output, though perhaps not in the "classic" category, with perhaps the exceptions of "The Ten Commandments" (1923) and the lesser "Cimarron" (1931), still are good watching today. Dix becomes a tad ripe after his silent days, but gets back into the swing of things with the really good "Whistler" series.

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