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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 FUN! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

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

The "Tonart Studios" where the story takes place were actually locations within the California Tiffany Studios in Hollywood where the production was filmed in November 1932. 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 »

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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Featured in Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (1997) See more »

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Reteaming of some of the Dracula cast
17 October 2005 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Poverty Row movie about a murder in a movie studio while a movie is in production.

Nothing really new here script wise (although the revelation of the murderer DID surprise me). Bela Lugosi is totally wasted here in a small role (I'm assuming this came out before "Dracula") but Edward Van Sloan is good and I like David Manners too. A lot of people seem to hate his acting here but I think it's OK--he's also very good looking too. An extra were the flashes of color at the end (red for gunshots and yellow for lights). It adds nothing to the picture but is certainly inventive--for the time.

Quick, interesting little movie. Worth an hour of your time.


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