Kiss Me Again (1931 film)

Kiss Me Again

Theatrical release poster
Directed by William A. Seiter
Written by Julien Josephson
Paul Perez
based on the operetta by Victor Herbert and Henry Martyn Blossom.
Starring Bernice Claire
Walter Pidgeon
Edward Everett Horton
Frank McHugh
June Collyer
Music by Victor Herbert
Cinematography Lee Garmes
Alfred Gilks (Technicolor)
Edited by Alexander Hall
Distributed by First National Pictures: A Subsidiary of Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • February 21, 1931 (1931-02-21)
Country United States
Language English

Kiss Me Again is a 1931 American Pre-Code musical operetta film filmed entirely in Technicolor. It was originally released in the United States as Toast of the Legion late in 1930, but was quickly withdrawn when Warner Bros. realized that the public had grown weary of musicals. The Warner Bros. believed that this attitude would only last for a few months, but, when the public proved obstinate, they reluctantly re-released the film early in 1931 after making a few cuts to the film.[1]

Like the 1926 silent First National film Mademoiselle Modiste, Kiss Me Again is based on a popular 1905 operetta on Broadway, Mlle. Modiste, by Victor Herbert and Henry Martyn Blossom.[2][3][4]


When the film was re-released in 1931, most of Walter Pidgeon's songs were cut from the film. Only a small abbreviated version of one of his songs is heard on the existing print.



Only a black-and-white copy of the cut print released in 1931 in the United States seems to have survived. The complete film was released intact in countries outside the United States under the title of Toast of the Legion where a backlash against musicals never occurred. It is unknown whether a copy of this full version still exists.


See also


  1. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1931-40 by The American Film Institute, c. 1993
  2. Brennan, Sandra. "Kiss Me Again (1931), AllMovie, accessed November 8, 2015
  3. Mlle. Modiste, on Broadway, Internet Broadway Database, accessed November 8, 2015
  4. Traubner, Richard. Operetta: A Theatrical History, p. 351. Psychology Press, 2003 ISBN 0-415-96641-8

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