It Started with a Kiss
Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed byGeorge Marshall
Written byValentine Davies (story)
Charles Lederer
Produced byAaron Rosenberg
StarringGlenn Ford
Debbie Reynolds
Eva Gabor
Edgar Buchanan
Harry Morgan
CinematographyRobert J. Bronner
Edited byJohn McSweeney Jr.
Music byJeff Alexander
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • August 19, 1959 (1959-08-19)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$4,650,000[1][2]

It Started with a Kiss is a 1959 Metrocolor film in CinemaScope starring Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds. It was directed by George Marshall.


After a whirlwind courtship, an Air Force staff sergeant who is a Korean War veteran, Joe Fitzpatrick, and his wife Maggie, a dancer, try to make their marriage work. Joe is posted to Spain; back in New York, his wife learns that he has won a raffle making them the owners of the custom-built 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car. The car is delivered to Spain, where it attracts attention from many people including a famous matador, who makes advances to Maggie and invites her to his estate. The car also comes to the attention of Joe's commanding officer, who insists he ship it back to the States to avoid promoting the image of Americans as snobbishly wealthy. This upsets Maggie. Joe is also told he will owe considerable income tax on the car, which he cannot afford. In the end, Joe sells the car to the matador, and he and Maggie are reconciled.


Production notes

A scene in the movie recreated a well-known sequence from the 1938 film Bringing Up Baby, when Joe must walk in step behind Maggie to hide her torn dress.

The car used in the film – of which there was only one – was later customized by George Barris and served as the Batmobile for the 1960s TV series Batman.

Box office

According to MGM records the film earned $2,750,000 in the US and Canada and $1.9 million elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $582,000.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ US and Canada figures see "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34