The Death Kiss

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The Death Kiss
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Edwin L. Marin
Produced by E. W. Hammons
Written by Madelon St. Dennis (story)
Gordon Kahn
Barry Barrigan
Starring David Manners
Adrienne Ames
Bela Lugosi
Edward Van Sloan
Cinematography Norbert Brodine
Edited by Rose Loewinger
Tiffany Pictures
Distributed by Sono Art-World Wide Pictures
Release date(s) December 5, 1932
Running time 75 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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 movie was produced by KBS Productions at Tiffany Pictures and released by Sono Art-World Wide Pictures. The film is currently in the public domain and is widely available as a result.[1]


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.

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  • 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.


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