The Death Kiss
|The Death Kiss|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Edwin L. Marin|
|Produced by||E. W. Hammons|
|Written by||Madelon St. Dennis (story)
Edward Van Sloan
|Edited by||Rose Loewinger|
|Distributed by||Sono Art-World Wide Pictures|
|Release date(s)||December 5, 1932|
|Running time||75 minutes|
The Death Kiss (1932) is a mystery film starring David Manners as a crusading studio writer, Adrienne Ames as an actress, Bela Lugosi as a studio manager, and Edward Van Sloan as a film director. The comedy thriller features three leading players from the previous year's Dracula (Lugosi, Manners, and Van Sloan), and was the first film directed by Edwin L. Marin.
The leading man is killed during the filming of the final scene of a motion picture. Since he was involved with several women on the set, they are all suspects. When leading lady Marcia Lane (Ames) is accused, her boyfriend, screenwriter Franklyn Drew (Manners), begins a search for the real killer.
Cast (in credits order)
- David Manners as Franklyn Drew
- Adrienne Ames as Marcia Lane
- Bela Lugosi as Joseph Steiner
- John Wray as Detective Lieutenant Sheehan
- Vince Barnett as Officer Gulliver
- Alexander Carr as Leon A. Grossmith
- Edward Van Sloan as Tom Avery
- Harold Minjir as Howell
- Barbara Bedford as Script Girl
- Al Hill as George - Assistant Director
- Harold Waldridge as Charlie - Bellhop
- Wade Boteler as Sergeant Owen Hilliker
- Lee Moran as Todd - Publicist
- The location of the studio in the film, "Tonart Studios", was actually the Tiffany Pictures studio.
- At a preview of the film on December 5, 1932, the print shown had several scenes tinted or hand colored by artist Gustav Brock.
- The Death Kiss at the Internet Movie Database
- The Death Kiss is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]