The Death Kiss (1933)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Release Date - Dec 5, 1932 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 74 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Hans J. Wollstein

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.