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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.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Madelon St. Dennis (book) (as Madelon St. Denis), Barry Barringer (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Manners ... Franklyn Drew
Adrienne Ames ... Marcia Lane
Bela Lugosi ... Joseph Steiner
John Wray ... Detective Lieut. Sheehan
Vince Barnett ... Officer Gulliver
Alexander Carr Alexander Carr ... Leon A. Grossmith
Edward Van Sloan ... Tom Avery
Harold Minjir Harold Minjir ... Howell
Barbara Bedford ... Script Girl
Al Hill ... Assistant Director
Harold Waldridge ... Charlie (as Harold Waldrige)
Wade Boteler ... Sergeant Hilliker
Lee Moran ... Todd
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Storyline

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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IT'S FULL OF THRILLS! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bacio mortale See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Black and White | Color (hand-colored sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film features much of the principal cast of the previous year's wildly profitable and successful Dracula (1931), including David Manners, Edward Van Sloan and Bela Lugosi. The studio sought to emphasize this connection to Dracula, most notably by giving Lugosi top billing despite his small supporting role. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Det. Lt. Sheehan: Everybody here seems to know more about police matters than the police.
Franklyn Drew: It's noble of you to admit it.
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Interesting early talkie, movie in murder studio.
5 August 1999 | by Steve-171See all my reviews

Not bad little cheapie, an early talkie about a murder in a movie studio. Enough clues to go on, some good red herrings, and only a couple of holes in the plot. Of course, to film buffs, Lugosi is the main attraction, but his part is small and his accent distracts. Interesting peeks at working movie company in the 30s.


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