A Kiss Before Dying
A Kiss Before Dying (1956)

In this drama, Bud Corlis, an avaricious young man kills his pregnant girlfriend so that he can remain in her wealthy family's good graces. He then makes it look like a suicide for the police. Unfortunately, the dead girl's sister… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 18, 2003
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Variety Staff

This multiple-murder story is an offbeat sort of film, with Robert Wagner portraying a calculating youth who intends to allow nothing to stand in his way to money... Gerd Oswald's restrained direction suits the mood.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

An excellent screenplay (unoriginal but full of tension), subtle direction by the overlooked and underutilized Oswald, and good photography help gloss over any weaknesses in the performances.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This psychological thriller is penned by Ira Levin, of "Rosemary's Baby" fame...

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Paul Taylor
Time Out

Wagner is perfect as the college kid psycho coolly removing the pregnant Woodward from his life.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Oswald, who never graduated past B-movies and television, makes masterful use of the frame, pitting his dark thriller elements against a full-color, widescreen frame.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

This is a fine adaptation of Rosemary's Baby author Ira Levin's dark tale about a social climber who kills his wealthy girlfriend when her pregnancy threatens her inheritance.

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It's a gripping version of Ira Levin's best novel.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
robert wagner will always be a lightweight. he is just not believable. have to credit director oswald and his dp lucien ballard with some beautiful compositions… More
Aj V
This movie is a cross between a melodrama and a thriller, which I think is awesome, the story is really good. I highly recommend this movie.
jay nixon
Much better than the remake, Wagner is good but much better is Mary Astor as his mother. Joanne Woodward's part is small.