The Death Kiss (1932)

The Death Kiss (1932)





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While Tonart Studios is filming a gangster movie, one of the actors is killed in a shooting accident. After several other incidents occur, police begin to think of sabotage. Their list of suspects includes the studio chief (Alexander Carr), his manager (Bela Lugosi), the director of the film (Edward Van Sloan) and an actress (Adrienne Ames).
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Bela Lugosi
as Joseph Steiner
David Manners
as Franklyn Drew
Adrienne Ames
as Marcia Lane
John Wray
as Det. Lt. Sheehan
Vince Barnett
as Off. Gulliver
Alexander Carr
as Leon Grossmith
Edward Van Sloan
as Tom Avery
Harold Minjir
as Howell
Wade Boteler
as Hilliker
Al Hill
as Assistant Director
Barbara Bedford
as Script Clerk
Alan Roscoe
as Chalmers
Mona Maris
as Mrs. Avery
Lee Moran
as Todd
Wilson Benge
as Doorman
Eddy Chandler
as Mechanic
Harry Strang
as Gaffer
Paul Porcasi
as Ellsmith the Florist
King Baggot
as Al Payne
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Critic Reviews for The Death Kiss

All Critics (2)

Three of the stars of the 1931 horror classic Dracula popped up the following year in this nifty little B flick that not only functions as an engaging murder-mystery but also doubles as a peek behind the scenes at a small-scale movie studio.

Full Review… | November 9, 2014
Creative Loafing

Dazzles with a surprise ending and entertains throughout with a witty script.

Full Review… | January 21, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Death Kiss

Good for a mystery movie of the thirties, but it's still just as predictable as a mystery movie of the thirties.

Aj V
Aj V

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Solid mystery whodunit, really good cast with an exciting pace. Great story, which has been copied many times since, but it's still fresh and interesting. Short and never drags.

James Higgins
James Higgins

The Death Kiss Starring: David Manners, Adrienne Ames, and Bela Lugosi Director: Phil Rosen When the star of Tonart's latest mystery movie, "The Death Kiss", is killed during the filming of the climax, studio mogul Joseph Steiner (Lugosi) is convinced that it an tragic accident. But soon the police find evidence that it was actually murder, and suspicious swiftly falls on Marcia Lane (Ames), the dead man's widow. She was having an affair with screenwriter Franklin Drew (Manners), so she had both motive and opportunity to stage the killing. Her lover starts working toward proving her innosence by finding the real killer. But with the deceased having crossed just about everyone working on the production, and Steiner seemingly having an agenda of his own, will Drew clear his lady love, or will the killer add him to the list of victims first? This low-budget mystery film is a surprisingly well-crafted and well-acted movie. The mystery is complex enough that the audience is kept getting up to the end--I admit to being surprised when the actual murderer was revealed and that doesn't happen often these days! As far as I can find out, "The Death Kiss" is also the first film about some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of making a film. (A number of the clues and red herrings even involve movie-making equipment.) I enjoyed the film quite a bit. The gimmicky color-tinting didn't do a whole lot for me, but I suspect that it generated a lot of excitement to the people sitting in the theatre in 1933, just like I'm sure they were fascinated by the fictionalized glimpse into the Hollowood Dream Factory. -- Trivia: Bela Lugosi and David Manners previously appeared together in Universal's "Dracula" movie, along with Edward Van Sloan (who plays the director of the movie-within-the-movie in "The Death Kiss." In "Dracula," Lugosi had top billing, and Manners had a smaller but crucial part. The opposite is true here, with Manners playing the lead, and Lugosi having limited screen-time, but nonetheless being a presence who is felt throughout the film.

Steve Miller
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