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A Kiss Before Dying (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | 12 June 1956 (USA)
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A ruthless college student resorts to murder in an attempt to marry an heiress.

Director:

Gerd Oswald

Writers:

Lawrence Roman (screenplay), Ira Levin (novel)
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Wagner ... Bud Corliss
Jeffrey Hunter ... Gordon Grant
Virginia Leith ... Ellen Kingship
Joanne Woodward ... Dorothy Kingship
Mary Astor ... Mrs. Corliss
George Macready ... Leo Kingship
Robert Quarry ... Dwight Powell
Howard Petrie ... Police Chief Howard Chesser
Bill Walker ... Bill
Molly McCart Molly McCart ... Annabelle Koch
Marlene Felton Marlene Felton ... Medical Student
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Inspired by the article "A Kiss Before Dying" by Pamela Colloff, published by Texas Monthly.

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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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Some secrets can't be kept ... they have to be buried !


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Trivia

Gordon Grant's car is a 1952 Ford Customline Club coupe. Bud drives a 1955 Ford Thunderbird. See more »

Goofs

The rear view mirror on the front windshield of Ellen's 1955 Ford Fairlane convertible is missing in some shots, but in place in others. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bud Corliss: Crying isn't going to help.
Dorothy Kingship: I just can't help it.
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Connections

Referenced in Suddenly Susan: A Kiss Before Dying... on Stage (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

A Kiss Before Dying
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Carroll Coates
Sung by Dolores Hawkins
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OK thriller
4 January 2000 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

If you're looking for an adaptation of the Ira Levin book--this isn't it. Also the book would be impossible to film. That aside this is OK murder mystery-thriller. I was lucky enough to see it letter-boxed on TCM--it looks great! However a film dealing with a psycho and murders he commits does NOT need a theme song! Acting is OK--not good, not bad, just OK. The cast is attractive, the film is beautiful to look at and it's an interesting diversion for 1 1/2 hours. So, an OK thriller--nothing really inventive or different about it. At all costs, AVOID the terrible 1991 remake! That one is a TOTAL waste of time!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Kiss Before Dying See more »

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Crown Productions (II) See more »
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4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)| Mono (Western Electric Recording) (35 mm optical prints)

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Color

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2.55 : 1
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