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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Missin' Kissin'

"I wasn't kissing her, I was whispering in her mouth." ~ Chico Marx


I am probably going to get in really big trouble for posting this photo, but I am missing a certain person's dimple. And his kiss.

It just dawned on me that I am not going to get a proper kiss until October 20! (stamps foot)


"A man's kiss is his signature." ~ Mae West


In honor of the boys that made me interested in kissing other boys in the first place, I spent wayyyyyy too much time trying to figure out how to make this little video compilation. An extraordinary amount of time, in truth.

(So please humor me because it is very late, and watch it because literally it took me hours to make this, when I should have been doing at least twelve other things. But that is the downside of being an obsessive, and another topic completely.)

In my formative years, these two guys made me think a)
that I would certainly like boys when I got older, and b) that I should try to watch these scenes many, many times (which I did). Funny thing I just noticed is that both of these guys are rascally bad boys (don't we love the bad boys, ladies?), and both of the girls are named Marion. Coincidence? Should I change my name?

Tell me, what are your favorite movie kisses? If you can't decide, there are a bazillion of them listed here. This is a very fun compilation--see how many you know.


julochka October 1, 2008 at 6:25 AM  

i would like to kiss Indy as well. :-)

tangocherie October 1, 2008 at 6:53 AM  

If memory serves, when I saw Marlon Brando kiss Eva Marie Saint in "On the Waterfront" years ago on TV, I thought why do they have to show EVERYTHING nowadays in the movies, when one kiss can blow you away?

Also I think Rudolf Valentino gave movie kisses as hot as Marlon's, or was it his dancing tango in a gaucho outfit?

P October 1, 2008 at 8:17 AM  


My favorite is definitely the scene in A Room with a View when Julian Sands scoops up Helena Bonham Carter in a Tuscan field of wheat. Sigh...

Anonymous October 1, 2008 at 10:22 AM  

What a moving tribute TB. Of course, an entire movie was dedicated to just this very thing. How can we forget the final scene of
Cinema Paradiso

robin bird October 1, 2008 at 10:28 AM  

i watched it twice from start to finish. i so understand the amount of time this must have taken you! bravo! it is a testament to how much you love blogging and us as you audience that you go to this much trouble my dear i appreciate it.

the indie scene made me melt. the qute about men and kissing from mae west..... does it count if you have to teach a man how to write properly?

i love the little dimple peek very much XO

i'm afraid i don't know my movies titles and scenes well enough to give yo my favorites but i assure you if i do remember i will send you an e-mail ;)


Yoli October 1, 2008 at 10:31 AM  

Oh, I love your new header. I love this post regarding kisses and who is that dimpled cutie?

My favorite kisses are from my childhood crush Errol Flyn. You have him there. The other one is the kiss that Clark Gables gave Vivian Lee while Atlanta was burning in Gone with the Wind. In modern times it is the savage kisses of Vigo Mortessen and Maria Bello.

Yoli October 1, 2008 at 10:42 AM  

Johana, I had forgotten Cinema Paradiso! I had posted about first kisses on my blog. So I am thrilled that I see a kiss post here as well. I am going to post that clip from Cinema Paradiso.

ModernTanguera October 1, 2008 at 10:55 AM  

I feel your pain!

My favorite scene - at least, the one that comes to mind - is from the Princess Bride, when Wesley is still paralyzed and Buttercup kisses him. Or, really, any of the kissing scenes in that movie. And the boy's complaints about them. :)

ELK October 1, 2008 at 1:12 PM  

you make me smile and for that I say thanks!

Psyche October 1, 2008 at 1:21 PM  

As an 80s adolescent, I too have a soft spot for that Indy kiss. Also, I vividly remember being blown away by Mel Gibson in Mutiny on the Bounty. I was on a French exchange, the movie was dubbed, and I barely understood a word of it, but as mel spent most of the movie running around with his shirt off, I didn't care too much.

My new favourite kiss is this, from Made of Honor. You'll have to excuse the terrible quality, it was clearly shot on someone's mobile in a cinema. And I know, Patrick Dempsey's such a cliche, and not a match for the Indys and Gables. But it's a great kiss.

willow October 1, 2008 at 1:30 PM  

One of my favorites is the windy scene in "The Quiet Man" where John Wayne pulls Maureen O'Hara in for a kiss.

Everyone is thoroughly enjoying the elegant Mr. Copes and his tango at the Manor Ball. Thank you for suggesting him!

willow October 1, 2008 at 1:31 PM  

I forgot to mention that I LOVE, LOVE "Cinema Paradiso" and have a copy in my movie collection!!

smith kaich jones October 1, 2008 at 4:24 PM  

What a cutie pie there at the very front of your post, almost distracting me from reading your wonderful words.

Naughty you! But thank you!

:) Debi

Octavine Illustration October 1, 2008 at 7:18 PM  

ooooh, the boy is so cute!~
i must say i am partial to indiana jones...it's that professorial/adventurer thing he's got going. very sexy.

love the videos.

tangobaby October 1, 2008 at 9:02 PM  

Hi julochka,

Remember that scene where the girl in his class had "Love You" written on her eyelids and she blinked at him so he could read it. That would have been me.


Hi tangocherie,

You know, you're right! Those Valentino kisses were pretty hot. And I liked his tango. It was wild. (Although I'm glad he didn't stab his partner with those crazy spur/spike/stilleto thingys.)

I have NOT seen On the Waterfront. What is wrong with me. I've only seen Brando in Streetcar and boy was he gorgeous in that. Whooo.

Hi p,

Maybe if he sees that you all think he's a cutiepie, I won't get in so much trouble.

I have not seen Room with a View for ages. I can't even picture that scene. I guess it didn't float my boat...but maybe I need to revisit? I can see you liking a literary type.


Hi johanna,

That is such a wonderful clip. I always get teary-eyed when I see it.

For those of you who didn't see this post before, I have a wonderful version of a tango danced to this song here:


Hi robin bird,

The more I learn about Mae West, the more I really like her. I think that's an awesome quote.

The Hays Code did so much to take the sass and sex out of women in the movies for many years. Just think how different films would be if they hadn't censored West? She knew her stuff.

I have to admit that I didn't work so hard on the film out of devotion but more because when I get my mind to something I want to accomplish, I can't quit until I finish it. I'm not like that in all things, just the things that don't amount to much, like making youtube clips.

But I appreciate your faith in me!

Thank you for watching it twice. you're a sweetie.

Hi Yoli,

The dimpled cutie is my Boy. I have to tell you that is only a partial dimple. When he's really laying it on, you could put a nickel in it. It's a very large and charming dimple. It's quite extraordinary.

I'm glad you like the header! If you haven't already, do take a peek at the next post...see if you recognize anyone in it. ;-)

Hi moderntanguera,

Yes, the Princess Bride. Such a sweet film. I should watch that again.

I hope you get kissed before I do!


I'm so glad...thank you for stopping by!

Hi psyche,

Harrison just could do no wrong back in the day. Remember him kissing Kelly McGillis in Witness? That was great too.

And Mel, poor Mel. Before we knew he was such a whack job, man I had a major crush on him. Bummer.

Hi willow,

I should watch that movie...I know it's supposed to be great. I haven't been much of a John Wayne fan but seeing Stagecoach made me change my mind. I know he's a lot younger there, but he's really good in it. And I like Maureen O'Hara.

Thanks for the suggestion. I'm building my Kissing Library.

Hi debi,

Just sharing the wealth (before I get busted). He also is a FANTASTIC hugger. I've been thinking of renting him out for hugs. You would like him. And he's funny. And bad.

Hi octavine,

Yes, we like them smart AND sexy. Got to have both, right? Tweed is nice. And those little horn-rimmed glasses. Hey, I just described The Boy--except for the adventurer part.


Thanks to all of you for playing along! Kisses.

namastenancy October 1, 2008 at 10:25 PM  

All of the ones that people wrote about plus Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in "Notorious". Bogie and Bacal in "To have and have not." The whistle remark is absolutely classic and sexy.

Psyche October 2, 2008 at 1:20 AM  

I just had to share the Robin Hood that I grew up with: Robin of Sherwood. In this clip Robin and Marion meet for the first time. No kissing here, sadly, but it was a very formative experience for me, that show.

Mary-Laure October 2, 2008 at 2:21 AM  

As Cher sang, it's in his kiss...

A Cuban In London October 2, 2008 at 2:34 AM  

Nice compi. And indeed, kissing is an art in itself. To me it's the anticipation that does it. The 'I don't know, I'm not, sure, but I'll try' element of it. Sometimes the clumsiness of it, and the resulting mirth.

Good post.

Greetings from London.

ModernTanguera October 2, 2008 at 9:35 AM  

Oh, tangobaby, if only I could say that I will! But you have a date to look forward to - I have a mystery of the sort that only US Immigration is capable of. Hopefully I'll get a real kiss before 2009!

Until then, I will have to be generous online. Kisses to you! :)

tangobaby October 2, 2008 at 3:49 PM  

Hi namastenancy,

When I see To Have and Have Not, I think, wow, I'm watching the beginning of a real-life love affair! That's very cool.

I have never considered Cary Grant to be a good kisser, or Jimmy Stewart. Although maybe if you're kissing Ingrid Bergman, then things look better!


OMG! I am totally going to have to watch this show!!!

Hi Mary-Laure,

Thanks for the great reminder. I miss Cher. ;-) The old one...not the one now.

Hi a cuban in london,

Now that's the kind of response from a boy that makes the girls giggle (and want to kiss you). Anticipation! Lovely. I would like more of that myself.

Oh moderntanguera, romantics all over the world are rooting for you. Shall we barrage our local US Immigration offices with valentines? Tell us how we can help you!

Psyche October 2, 2008 at 10:32 PM  

Yes, you really must! It's wonderful. It's kind of a mystical version - shamanism and prophecy and Ancient British mythicness. It was also, I believe the first 'youthful' Robin Hood, in the sense that the creator sat down and thought about it and decided that these outlaws would have been young guys, young freedom fighters, rather than middle-aged men in tights. And it was the show that created the Saracen outlaw thing - Nasir was the first Saracen 'Merry Man'. Pretty much every adaptation since has had one. It also has one of Ray Winstone's very first appearances - a marvellous performance as a psychotically vengeful East-End bully-boy Will Scarlett.