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A Kiss Before Dying

A Kiss Before Dying

Robert Wagner
Director: Gerd Oswald Cast: Robert Wagner
Robert Wagner
, Jeffrey Hunter
Jeffrey Hunter
, Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
Gerd Oswald


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Budd Corliss (Robert Wagner) is an ambitious, poor boy from the wrong-side-of-the-tracks who murders his girlfriend Dorothy (Joanne Woodward) -- making the death look like a suicide -- when her pregnancy eliminates his chances of being accepted by her wealthy family. Her sister Ellen (Virginia Leith), refusing to believe that Dorothy has committed suicide, begins to investigate on her own. She meets Budd, and ignorant of his prior relationship with Dorothy begins a relationship with him. When Ellen discovers that Budd knew Dorothy, the stage is set for a final, dramatic showdown as Ellen fights to revenge her sister and save her own life. The script, adapted from the novel of the same name written by Ira Levin is excellent and tension-filled. Joanne Woodward is fine in a touching performance as the vulnerable and trusting Dorothy. A wooden performance by Robert Wagner in the pivotal central role mars the film and destroys some of its credibility, as Wagner, though handsome, lacks the charm and charisma necessary to make the character of Budd believable. Also, despite an excellent performance by Mary Astor as Budd's class-conscious, greedy mother, the film fails to achieve any sympathy for Budd or understanding of the motivations that drove him to do what he did.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2016
UPC: 0738329200787
Original Release: 1956
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 855

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Wagner Bud Corliss
Jeffrey Hunter Gordon Grant
Joanne Woodward Dorothy Kingship
Virginia Leith Ellen Kingship
Robert Quarry Dwight POwell
Mary Astor Mrs. Corliss
Howard Petrie Chesser
George Macready Leo Kingship
Bill Walker Butler
Mollie McCart Annabelle
Marlene Felton Medical Student

Technical Credits
Gerd Oswald Director
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Evelyn Carruth Costumes/Costume Designer
Carroll Coates Songwriter
George A. Gittens Editor
Addison Hehr Art Director
Henry Helfman Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert L. Jacks Producer
Lionel Newman Score Composer,Songwriter
James Roach Set Decoration/Design
Lawrence Roman Screenwriter
Sid Sidman Asst. Director
Frank Webster Sound/Sound Designer

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