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The Death Kiss (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 8 January 1933 (USA)
Murder during film shoot sparks search for a killer.

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While filming the closing scene of "The Death Kiss", leading man Myles Brent is actually killed. Having played around with, or been married to, most of the women connected with the movie studio, there are lots of suspects. When leading lady Marcia Lane is arrested for the killing, her suiter, a studio writer, starts to investigate the killing in order to prove her innocence. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Movie star MURDERED! KILLER on the loose!


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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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(hand-colored sequences)

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1.37 : 1
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The showing on 5 December 1932, was a preview and had no hand-tinted sequences. The film was scheduled for a 25 December 1932 release nationally, but it was held up so that some sequences could be tinted. See more »

Goofs

About 12 minutes into the movie Franklyn Drew digs a bullet out of the wall and identifies it as a ".38 caliber center fire." It is impossible to tell from the bullet alone whether it was fired from a center fire or rim fire cartridge. Such a claim could lead to confusion in identifying the gun that fired the bullet. See more »

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Officer Gulliver: Well, that's that old, old story. Two men and a woman. The internal triangle.
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Poverty Row Mystery!
12 June 2007 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"The Death Kiss" has been played up in recent years as a suggested horror film starring Bela Lugosi. In fact it is an interesting little murder mystery with Lugosi playing only a supporting role. Directed by first time director Edwin L. Marin, it contains many little plot twists to keep the viewer's interest.

In the opening scene for example, a man is shot down as he leaves a posh night club following an unsolicited "death kiss' from an attractive woman. It turns out that we were in fact watching the shooting of a movie. It also turns out that the actor who was "shot", Myles Brent (Edmund Burns) was really killed. So we are introduced to another of those Hollywood "behind the scenes" stories.

Detectives Sheehan (John Wray) and Sgt. Hilliker (wade Boheler) arrive on the scene. Turns out that Brent had been shot with a .38 caliber pistol while the props used in the scene were .45 caliber containing blanks. And, the actress who administered the "death kiss", Marcia Lane (Adrienne Ames) had been married to Brent.

Studio mystery writer Franklyn Drew (David Manners) takes it upon himself to investigate the case. He discovers where the shot came from and reports it to the cops. With the help of bumbling stdio guard "Gully" Gulliver (Vince Barnett) he continues his investigation.

Several suspects including Studio Boss Leon A. Goldsmith (Alexander Carr), Studio Manager Joseph Steiner (Lugosi), Director Tom Avery (Edward Van Sloan) as well as, Marcia Lane are investigated. Circumstances point to the guilt of Marcia and Drew, who has a romantic interest in her, works to find the real killer.

Needless to say, director Marin throws in several red herrings along the way. In the process he gives us an entertaining little (though low budget) mystery thriller.

As I mentioned earlier, Bela Lugosi is restricted to but a few scenes, most of which have him glaring at the other characters with those piercing stares. Manners and Ames make an attractive hero and heroine respectively. Its hard to believe but Lugosi, Manners and Van Sloan had appeared together a year earlier in Lugosi's signature film, "Dracula". Lugosi you would have thought, would have gone on to bigger and better things, however, he chose to appear in several low budget poverty row quickies in the years following his success in "Dracula".

Not bad for a poverty row thriller.


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