A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
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as Bud Corliss
as Dorothy ('Dorie') Kingship
as Gordon Grant
as Ellen Kingship
as Mrs. Corliss
as Leo Kingship
as Dwight Powell
as Medical Student
Critic Reviews for A Kiss Before Dying
This multiple-murder story is an offbeat sort of film, with Robert Wagner portraying a calculating youth who intends to allow nothing to stand in his way to money... Gerd Oswald's restrained direction suits the mood.
Wagner is perfect as the college kid psycho coolly removing the pregnant Woodward from his life.
This is a fine adaptation of Rosemary's Baby author Ira Levin's dark tale about a social climber who kills his wealthy girlfriend when her pregnancy threatens her inheritance.
An excellent screenplay (unoriginal but full of tension), subtle direction by the overlooked and underutilized Oswald, and good photography help gloss over any weaknesses in the performances.
Audience Reviews for A Kiss Before Dying
This movie starts slow, but once Wagner's plan is set in motion, the audience can only watch as we realize what the other characters don't--which is a brilliant plot device that builds the tension.
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
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.