The Naked Kiss

Synopsis: Kelly, a prostitute, traumatised by an experience, referred to as 'The Naked Kiss,' by psychiatrists, leaves her past, and finds solace in the town of Grantville. She meets Griff, the police captain of the town, with whom she spends a romantic afternoon. Kelly finds a job as a nurse in a hospital for handicapped children. The work helps her find her sensitive side in the caring and helping of her young patients. Kelly's path towards happiness is thrown amiss, when she witnesses a shocking event, which threatens not just her happiness, but her mental health as well.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Samuel Fuller
Production: Criterion Collection
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

Now, there's nothing personal, muffin.

If I let - I let you set up shop

in this neighborhood...

the people would chop me

like a ripe banana.

Then why'd you buy my merchandise?

I - I was thirsty.

Across the river is a wide-open town -

Del Mar Falls.

And it's not in this state.

There's a salon there,

and I don't mean a beauty parlor.

Candy a la carte.

Candy's a personal friend of mine.

I'll buy a bottle from you

now and then.

- What's your name?

- Kelly.

- Your real name.

- K-E-double L-Y.

You'll be my ichiban.

That's a Japanese expression

I picked up in Tokyo.

I know. It means "number one. "

- What's your name, tiger?

- Z - I mean, Griff.

Your real name.

G-R-I-double F.

- Rank?

- Captain.

- No uniform?

- Everybody knows me.

A reminder not to change brands.

"Angel Foam guarantees satisfaction. "

That's almost as good as -

as Candy's trademark.

What does Candy guarantee?

Indescribable pleasure.

She got it out of a book.

It's stamped on all her glasses.

Tell her I sent you.


Yes, sir?

Didn't you forget something?

Oh. Thank you for the room, Captain.

You owe me 10 bucks change.


I never make change.

- Good morning.

- You have a room for rent.

Please come in.

- Here. Let me take that.

- Oh!

Thank you.

I'll show you the room.

This is the room.

It has a beautiful view.

It faces the river.


It's a family heirloom.

Do you realize we spend

about a third of our lives in bed?

That's why to sleep in comfort

is very important.

I used to say a little verse about it.

Like to hear it?


"Four corners to my bed.

"Four angels round my head -

"one to watch and one to pray...

and two to bear my soul away. "

I'd like to rent this room...

and the four angels that go with it.

Oh, I'm so delighted.

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Samuel Fuller

Samuel Michael Fuller (August 12, 1912 – October 30, 1997) was an American screenwriter, novelist, and film director known for low-budget, understated genre movies with controversial themes, often made outside the conventional studio system. Fuller wrote his first screenplay for Hats Off in 1936, and made his directorial debut with the Western I Shot Jesse James (1949). He would continue to direct several other Westerns and war thrillers throughout the 1950s. Fuller shifted from Westerns and war thrillers in the 1960s with his low-budget thriller Shock Corridor in 1963, followed by the neo-noir The Naked Kiss (1964). He was inactive in filmmaking for most of the 1970s, before writing and directing the war epic The Big Red One (1980), and the experimental White Dog (1982), whose screenplay he co-wrote with Curtis Hanson. more…

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