Kiss and Tell (play)

Kiss and Tell is a 1943 Broadway play by F. Hugh Herbert.[1]

Kiss and Tell
Written byF. Hugh Herbert
CharactersCorliss Archer
Date premiered17 March 1943
Place premieredBiltmore Theatre
Original languageEnglish
SettingBack porch of the Archers' home.

Kiss and Tell starred Joan Caulfield as Corliss Archer and Judith Parrish as her friend Mildred Pringle. The play's great success led to offers from Hollywood for Caulfield, who left the production almost one year to the day from when it opened, and was replaced in her role by her sister Betty Caulfield.


Kiss and Tell opened at the Biltmore Theatre in New York City on March 17, 1943. It remained there until the end of 1944, before transferring to the Bijou Theatre in 1945. The play was produced by George Abbott and written by F. Hugh Herbert. It ran for a total of 956 performances before closing on June 23, 1945.


Two teenage girls become interested in boys, and the girls' parents are making more problems rather than solving them.


A film version written by Herbert and based on his play was released by Columbia Pictures on October 4, 1945 with Shirley Temple in the role of Corliss Archer. The film was directed by Richard Wallace and produced by Sol C. Siegel. Temple would reprise the role in the film's sequel A Kiss for Corliss in 1949.


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