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The Death Kiss (1933)
by Hans J. Wollstein review

Despite the presence of Bela Lugosi, David Manners, and Edward Van Sloan, all veterans of Dracula (1930), The Death Kiss is not a horror flick, although Sono Art-World Wide Pictures' original art copy certainly hinted that it was. Instead we have a whodunit set in a movie studio, which is certainly interesting enough. Said studio is actually the old Tiffany Productions, which at the time had entered into partnership with Sono Art. With language-mangling Alexander Carr as the studio boss, a harried director (Van Sloan), and a glamorous but headstrong star (played by glamorous but headstrong Adrienne Ames), The Death Kiss is also a sly parody of Hollywood in general. Bela Lugosi plays it straight, however, and is of course highly suspicious.