The Death Kiss

Directed by Edwin L. Marin

Year: 1932
Running Time: 71
Color Type: Color and B&W
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Horror
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The Death Kiss

Cast
Detective Sheehan John Wray
Joseph Steiner Bela Lugosi
Edward Van Sloan
David Manners

Crew
Writers Barry Barringer and Godon Kalm
Directed by Edwin L. Marin


Reuniting three of the stars of Universal's Dracula (released the previous year), this low-budget production was, on the surface, a blatant attempt to capitalize on a major Hollywood hit. But THE DEATH KISS is anything but a cheap knock-off. A Pre-Code murder mystery that plays out on the sound stages, screening rooms, and dressing rooms of the fictitious Tonart Studios, the film offers modern viewers a precious glimpse at the workings of a Poverty Row studio during the Great Depression. Bela Lugosi stars as the head of a struggling studio, who tries to contain a scandal after an actor is killed during the making of a film. While the police investigate the deepening mysteries within the studio, a quick-witted screen- writer (DavidManners) decides to solve the crime himself, in order to clear the picture's leading lady(AdrienneAmes) from suspicion.

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