The Death Kiss Reviews

  • Jan 17, 2014

    Usually pre-1970's film cheesiness. But you have to give the film credit whereas you don't see this much in modern films. It's a short film coming in around an hour and 15 films, which is shorter than a kids movie in today's time. But there is one plot and only one thing going on, take that Tyler Perry! And the film stays consistent to the point, the whole time. The murder plot is fairly okay to follow, you might forget who is who because everyone looks and sounds the same back then and everyone is white, and the black and white looks horrible in SD. But a fairly solid film, nonetheless. Short quickie, worth a watch, I taped this back in October and finally watched it.

    Usually pre-1970's film cheesiness. But you have to give the film credit whereas you don't see this much in modern films. It's a short film coming in around an hour and 15 films, which is shorter than a kids movie in today's time. But there is one plot and only one thing going on, take that Tyler Perry! And the film stays consistent to the point, the whole time. The murder plot is fairly okay to follow, you might forget who is who because everyone looks and sounds the same back then and everyone is white, and the black and white looks horrible in SD. But a fairly solid film, nonetheless. Short quickie, worth a watch, I taped this back in October and finally watched it.

  • Oct 25, 2013

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

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

  • Oct 24, 2013

    Solid Mystery With Good Atmosphere & An Interesting Cast--Pleasant old murder-mystery with a good cast!!

    Solid Mystery With Good Atmosphere & An Interesting Cast--Pleasant old murder-mystery with a good cast!!

  • Sep 20, 2013

    Oh, it's a pretty routine whodunit and Lugosi is only in a very few scenes. Just about passable entertainment.

    Oh, it's a pretty routine whodunit and Lugosi is only in a very few scenes. Just about passable entertainment.

  • Jul 14, 2012

    The set up is brilliant: an actor is shot dead on a closed sound stage as he performs the final scene in the movie. The killer is one of the crew watching: but which one? A detective and a writer both try and solve the mystery - and the bodies keep piling up. Bela Lugosi is listed as the main star these days, because almost nobody remembers David Manners (who only acted on screen for six years before moving to the stage). Manners is very good indeed - and I could imagine he worked very well on stage - and I thought Adrienne Ames did well with a very limited part. Lugosi's best line comes near the end when there is a gentle mocking of his normal screen persona. Overall this is a little ropey, but there are some good scenes and some great lines - but to a modern audience the way in which Manners's Franklyn Drew gets involved in the investigation, takes evidence, and impairs the police investigation is discreditable, and the police are all too quick to accept the flimsy evidence Drew shows as proof of guilt. All this does, however, leave to a thriling finale in the rafters of the film studio which more than makes up for the slowness of what has come before.

    The set up is brilliant: an actor is shot dead on a closed sound stage as he performs the final scene in the movie. The killer is one of the crew watching: but which one? A detective and a writer both try and solve the mystery - and the bodies keep piling up. Bela Lugosi is listed as the main star these days, because almost nobody remembers David Manners (who only acted on screen for six years before moving to the stage). Manners is very good indeed - and I could imagine he worked very well on stage - and I thought Adrienne Ames did well with a very limited part. Lugosi's best line comes near the end when there is a gentle mocking of his normal screen persona. Overall this is a little ropey, but there are some good scenes and some great lines - but to a modern audience the way in which Manners's Franklyn Drew gets involved in the investigation, takes evidence, and impairs the police investigation is discreditable, and the police are all too quick to accept the flimsy evidence Drew shows as proof of guilt. All this does, however, leave to a thriling finale in the rafters of the film studio which more than makes up for the slowness of what has come before.

  • Feb 18, 2012

    Good Who-Done-It; great old cars, cool wardrobe ... and a early talkie movie, have some popcron around.

    Good Who-Done-It; great old cars, cool wardrobe ... and a early talkie movie, have some popcron around.

  • Aj V Super Reviewer
    Sep 03, 2010

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

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

  • Mar 15, 2009

    Behind the scenes on a movie set -- murder! Some amateurish bits, an annoying protagonist, and an unsolvable crime.

    Behind the scenes on a movie set -- murder! Some amateurish bits, an annoying protagonist, and an unsolvable crime.

  • Feb 03, 2009

    A neat little movie that blurs the line between film and reality. The script is pretty standard. If blends the humour, drama and some suspense nicely. Bela Lugosi's performance and presence leaves everyone else in the dust. The rest of the acting leaves something to be desired. What this movie is missing most of all is a sound track. There is absolutely no music in this film except at the very beginning and the very end. A lot of what this movie did is pretty standard now, but I'm sure was new and cool in 1932. Worth a watch to see Lugosi and as a curiosity.

    A neat little movie that blurs the line between film and reality. The script is pretty standard. If blends the humour, drama and some suspense nicely. Bela Lugosi's performance and presence leaves everyone else in the dust. The rest of the acting leaves something to be desired. What this movie is missing most of all is a sound track. There is absolutely no music in this film except at the very beginning and the very end. A lot of what this movie did is pretty standard now, but I'm sure was new and cool in 1932. Worth a watch to see Lugosi and as a curiosity.

  • Sep 12, 2008

    On the one hand, it's interesting to see Lugosi in a murder mystery where he is not the killers. On the other hand, what a waste of his talents! On still another hand, this film has a real lout of a protagonist who deserved to be struck so hard it would leave prints.

    On the one hand, it's interesting to see Lugosi in a murder mystery where he is not the killers. On the other hand, what a waste of his talents! On still another hand, this film has a real lout of a protagonist who deserved to be struck so hard it would leave prints.