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A Kiss Before Dying (12-Jun-1956)

Director: Gerd Oswald

Writer: Lawrence Roman

From novel: A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin

Music by: Lionel Newman

Producer: Robert L. Jacks

Keywords: Thriller, Film Noir, Pregnancy

Robert Wagner is Bud Corliss, a handsome college student who has engineered a relationship with Dorothy Kingship, daughter of a wealthy mine owner. Dorothy's unexpected pregnancy complicates matters; while she would find elopement (and the disinheritance that would accompany) acceptable, it defeats Bud's entire purpose of marrying into wealth. He stages Dorothy's "suicide" and begins romancing the elder daughter, Ellen. Adaptation of Ira Levin's novel is Gerd Oswald's first and best picture.

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


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