The Death Kiss
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- Based On The Novel By Madelon St. Denis
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 12 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 30, 2002
- Originally Released: 1933
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Bela Lugosi & David Manners|
|Performer:||John Wray, Adrienne Ames, Vince Barnett, Alexander Carr & Edward Van Sloan|
|Directed by||Edwin L. Marin|
|Edited by||Rose Loewinger|
|Screenplay by||Gordon Kahn & Barry Barringer|
|Director of Photography:||Norbert Brodine|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 1050 ratings.
At least not in this movie. Playing en executive for a motion picture company, he does a good job of not being menacing. It's a good who-done-it. Lots of clues and not all are meant to lead you astray.
A good solid story for Bela fans, especially for one of his lesser known films as quite a few of those in that catagory, while not without merit do creak and clink a bit, so they might often be called, 'For Bela Fans Only'.
Of course I bought it for Bela. I was surprised at the role he played, and even more stunning is that David Manners is nowhere near the wooden-stiff actor he was in Dracula - he's charming, witty, funny. This was a great old period piece and an interesting mystery, to boot, taking place on a 1932 movie lot. Highly recommended.
THE DEATH KISS is a highly enjoyable mystery film with a real spirit of fun. David Manners particularly seems to be having a wonderful time. Bela Lugosi’s role is fairly small but he is, as always, terrific and Edward Van Sloan is marvellous. There are a few unfortunate splices but otherwise the print is in very good shape. I’m quite pleased to add this charming movie to my DVD collection.
I'm in total agreement with "kinovend", the earlier reviewer. This little gem was a pleasant and unexpected surprise.
Both the video and audio quality are much superior to most films of this era.
The acting and story line are captivating and well paced.
Here's a nice little poverty row film from 70 years ago which holds up very well. The acting is quite good, the leading man and lady are handsome/beautiful and the script and pacing are very good. Mr. Lugosi is on screen for about 5% of the total running time in a straight dramatic role. The camera work / lighting is good, as is the audio track. This DVD appears to have been made from a worn 35mm print, so expect to see splices,lines and occasional cue marks, but on the whole, the quality is very very good for a film of this vintage. (The reason someone has preserved this title is due to Mr. Lugosi's presence in it of course.)
- Sales Rank: 2,928
- UPC: 089218401991
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