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A Kiss Before Dying ()


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A ruthless college student resorts to murder in a futile attempt to marry an heiress.

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Bud Corliss
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Gordon Grant
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Ellen Kingship
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Dorothy ('Dorie') Kingship
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Mrs. Corliss
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Leo Kingship
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Dwight Powell
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Howard Chesser, Chief of Police
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Bill, the Butler
Molly McCart ...
Annabelle Koch
Marlene Felton ...
Medical Student
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Student at Murder Scene (uncredited)
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Student (uncredited)
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Chemistry Professor (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Gerd Oswald

Written by

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Lawrence Roman ... (screenplay)
 
Ira Levin ... (novel)

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Robert L. Jacks ... producer

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Lionel Newman

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Lucien Ballard

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George A. Gittens ... (as George Gittens)

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Addison Hehr

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James Roach

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Louis Hippe ... makeup artist
Kay Shea ... hair stylist

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Frank Parmenter ... production supervisor

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Sid Sidman ... assistant director

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Buddy Myers ... re-recording (as John Myers)
Frank Webster ... sound

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Joan Bartlett ... stunt rider & swimmer: Virginia Leith (uncredited)

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Evelyn Carruth ... wardrobe
Henry Helfman ... wardrobe

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Billy May ... orchestrator
Nelson Riddle ... orchestrator
Lionel Newman ... conductor (uncredited)

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Dolores Rubin ... script supervisor
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Plot Summary

Student Bud Corliss is wooing Dorother Kingship purely for her father's mining fortune. When he finds she is pregnant he realises she is likely to be disinherited, so cleverly stages her suicide. After a couple of months her sister back home finds evidence to question the suicide verdict, but by then has a new boyfriend of her own... Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines Some secrets can't be kept ... they have to be buried ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'étreinte fatale (France)
  • Ein Kuss vor dem Tode (Germany)
  • Bésame antes de morir (Spain)
  • Un beso antes de morir (Spain)
  • Amor, Prelúdio de Morte (Brazil)
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  • 94 min
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Trivia Ira Levin's "A Kiss Before Dying" novel won the 1954 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. See more »
Goofs At the beginning of the film, where Dorie is crying on the bed, Bud goes over and turns on a small lamp on the dresser. The bright light streaming through the blinds in the window behind, spilling on to the far wall disappears - not instantly or all at once, but more slowly from right to left and finally in the window itself, as if a "barn door" or other shutter system was being closed on a light offstage. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in A Kiss Before Lying (1993). See more »
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Quotes Bud Corliss: It's not right.
Dorothy Kingship: What?
Bud Corliss: For anyone to love somebody as much as I love you.
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