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The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Mystery | 4 May 1933 (USA)
When a famous doctor kills his adulterous wife, he is defended by his best friend, an attorney--who suspects that his own wife is having an affair.

Director:

James Whale

Writers:

Ladislas Fodor (play) (as Ladislaus Fodor), William Anthony McGuire (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Nancy Carroll ... Maria Held
Frank Morgan ... Paul Held
Paul Lukas ... Walter Bernsdorf
Gloria Stuart ... Lucy Bernsdorf
Jean Dixon ... Hilda Frey
Donald Cook ... Maria's Lover
Charley Grapewin ... Schultz (as Charles Grapewin)
Walter Pidgeon ... Lucy's Lover
Wallis Clark Wallis Clark ... Public Prosecutor
May Boley May Boley ... Busybody in Courtroom
Christian Rub ... Man on the Wrong Floor
Reginald Mason ... Judge
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Storyline

When a lawyer defending his best friend for murdering his unfaithful wife discovers how the accused discovered his wife was in love with another man, the lawyer begins to see the same patterns in his own wife's behavior, and suspects she too is being unfaithful. Promising his friend that a defense of momentary insanity will acquit him, he also promises to kill his own wife if the defense actually works. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Csók a tükör előtt See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Even though the film takes place in Austria, mostly in Vienna, most of the crew were native Americans. Paul Lukas was the only one who was actually a native to Germanic Europe, having been born in the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. See more »

Quotes

Paul Held: Hello, Bill
Bill - a murderer: Hello, Mr. Held
Paul Held: Well, you'll be out of here soon.
Bill - a murderer: I have been out. I broke out. KIlled the wife and her boyfriend, now I'm in for good.
Paul Held: That's too bad.
Bill - a murderer: Too bad, nothing. I'm happy. Wondering where that woman was all the time used to drive me crazy.
Paul Held: Yeah, well you know where she is now.
Bill - a murderer: I know where I hope she is!
[he laughs]
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James Whale courtroom drama about infidelity.
6 September 1999 | by mush-2See all my reviews

This racy pre code courtroom drama is not very good,but it is well acted by a good cast. Frank Morgan plays a Viennese lawyer who defends his friend, Paul Lukas, who has murdered his wife played by an absolutely beautiful, Gloria Stuart(who has a brief,surprising nude scene-we see her back as she strips).Morgan finds himself suspecting his own wife, played by Nancy Carroll,of infidelity. The film is wonderfully photographed and does a good job showing us the life of these wealthy Austrians.The boyfriend,played by an early Walter Pidgeon,is shown in the opening scene in a magnificent home which is sumptuously decorated.The visual style as in many Whale movies is striking.Unfortunately,the original play that this is based on,seems unbelievable and rather florid, although the infidelity elements are not that dissimilar from Kubricks,Eyes Wide Shut, also based on a Viennese original.


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