A kiss is still a kiss? Not according to movie sound technicians who worked during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Apparently, many of them had a cheat sheet on stars, listing distances that they needed to keep during love scenes.
"Dick [Powell] is like a bashful lover. He kisses softly, without making much sound. The microphone must be held six inches away. But…George Brent, it seems, kisses extraordinarily loud. Brent gets off quietly enough, but his kisses seem to get away with him. They grow in volume. So I keep the mike two feet away to begin with, then I pull back quickly during the kiss, until it is five or six feet away.” — Richard Williams, sound technician at Warner Bros. in 1936.
Quote source: newspaper scribe Donna Risher
Top photo: Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler. Bottom photo: George Brent and Barbara Stanwyck