Friday, February 18, 2011

Sally Field & James Caan in Kiss Me Goodbye (1982)

Obscurity factor: 7

In yesterday's film Maxie, the ghost of a flapper takes over a woman's body. It reminded me of this charming little film from a few years earlier with an equally ghostly plot. I remember being enchanted by this film on HBO shortly after it was released. It's based on Dona Flor and her Two Husbands, a Brazilian comedy with Sonia Braga. Kay Villano (Field) has decided to move back into the townhouse she lived in with her late husband, Broadway choreographer Jolly (Caan). Once there, however, she's confronted with Jolly's ghost. Needless to say, this complicates her plans to remarry to Rupert, a charming, but stuffy Egyptologist (Jeff Bridges). Her friends and family start to think she's crazy because only she can see and hear Jolly. Rupert tries to humor her until he's finally convinced that Jolly does exist. Then he brings in an exorcist. Look for  Claire Trevor as Kay's mother, and Mildred Natwick in a small part.
 There doesn't seem to be any online video of this film available anywhere, not even a trailer uploaded to YouTube. It is available on DVD, however. I was recently delighted to see it as a selection on the back of a box of Corn Flakes and diligently saved box tops to get it. Watching it again was delightful. The poster above is available at

Obscurity factor: 7 (not available online, on DVD, largely forgotten)


  1. Yes. This was a fun movie to watch.

  2. It's a little bit of fluff, but there's a sweetness to it.