The Death Kiss

Directed by Edwin L. Marin

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

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Screening Info
Cast
John Wray [Detective Sheehan]
Bela Lugosi [Joseph Steiner]
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.