Kiss and Make-Up (1934): Romantic Comedy, Starring Cary Grant and Helen Mack

As a doctor who specializes in making women beautiful, Cary Grant plays (too) hard for laughs in Kiss and Make-Up, a romantic comedy co-starring Helen Mack and Genevieve Tobin.

Kiss and Make-Up
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Based on the play Kozmetika by István de Békeffy, the comedy allows Grant to apply his skills to a film that the N.Y. Times critic described as “first-class lingerie bazaar and a third-class entertainment.”

Managing a modernistic salon, he helps young and old femmes look prettier, assisted by his plain secretary Anne, who’s smitten with him. At first he is content with his various amorous conquests, and only when Anne threatens to leave with another man, Dr. Lamar realizes his love for her.

All the WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1934 were cast in roles in the film.

Cary Grant as Dr. Maurice Lamar
Helen Mack as Anne
Genevieve Tobin as Eve Caron
Edward Everett Horton as Marcel Caron
Lucien Littlefield as Max Pascal
Mona Maris as Countess Rita


Directed by Harlan Thompson
Written by István Békeffy [de] (play), Harlan Thompson
Produced by B. P. Schulberg
Cinematography Leon Shamroy
Music by Ralph Rainger
John Leipold
Tom Satterfield

Production and distribution: Paramount Pictures

Release date: July 13, 1934:

Running time: 78 minutes