A Kiss Before Dying

1956, Crime/Mystery & thriller, 1h 34m

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Movie Info

Amoral Bud Corliss (Robert Wagner) pursues young heiress Dorie Kingship (Joanne Woodward) in the hopes of getting his hands on the fortune amassed by her father (George Macready). But after Dorie succumbs to Bud's charms and becomes pregnant as a result, he fears she'll be cut off by the family and murders her in a fashion that makes it look as if the poor girl committed suicide. When Bud tries to cozy up with Dorie's grieving sister, Ellen (Virginia Leith), she begins to suspect his intentions.

Cast & Crew

Robert Wagner
Bud Corliss
Virginia Leith
Ellen Kingship
Joanne Woodward
Dorothy "Dorie" Kingship
Jeffrey Hunter
Gordon Grant
Mary Astor
Mrs. Corliss
George Macready
Leo Kingship
Robert Quarry
Dwight Powell
Howard Petrie
Howard Chesser
Lawrence Roman
Screenwriter
Lionel Newman
Original Music
Lucien Ballard
Cinematographer
Addison Hehr
Art Director
James Roach
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Critic Reviews for A Kiss Before Dying

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Audience Reviews for A Kiss Before Dying

  • Jun 01, 2020
    Robert Wagner's character might be one of cinema's worst serial killers, but the film is a good study of a psychopath. It is also cool to see the young Wagner and Joanne Woodward (her second film) working together.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2013
    robert wagner will always be a lightweight. he is just not believable. have to credit director oswald and his dp lucien ballard with some beautiful compositions tho
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    This movie is a cross between a melodrama and a thriller, which I think is awesome, the story is really good. I highly recommend this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2008
    Much better than the remake, Wagner is good but much better is Mary Astor as his mother. Joanne Woodward's part is small.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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