Bud Corliss (Wagner) is an ambitious student who is wooing Dorothy Kingship (Woodward) purely for her father's mining fortune. When he discovers that Dorothy is pregnant with his child, he realizes she is quite likely to be disinherited by her wealthy family. He assures Dorothy that he'll take care of her, yet he hesitates when Dorothy insists on marrying. Bud then murders Dorothy and stages it in a way that it appears to be a suicide. He then reaches out to her sister Ellen (Leith) with the hopes of marrying her in order to ingratiate himself with her father. After a couple of months Ellen finds evidence to question the suicide verdict, and then discovers Bud knew Dorothy. Ellen struggles to avenge her sister and save her own life.

  1. Lawrence Roman


  2. Ira Levin


  3. Gerd Oswald


Top Billed Cast

  1. Robert Wagner

    Robert Wagner

    Bud Corliss

  2. Jeffrey Hunter

    Jeffrey Hunter

    Gordon Grant

  3. Virginia Leith

    Virginia Leith

    Ellen Kingship

  4. Joanne Woodward

    Joanne Woodward

    Dorothy ('Dorie') Kingship

  5. Mary Astor

    Mary Astor

    Mrs. Corliss

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A Kiss Before Dying
A Kiss Before Dying



Status Released

Release Information

  • June 12, 1956


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 34m

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