A Kiss Before Dying
A Kiss Before Dying (1956)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 12, 1956
DVD 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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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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Paul Taylor
Time Out

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

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TV 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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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A silky-smooth adaptation of Ira Levin's first novel.

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 44% 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.