A Kiss Before Dying

USA | 1956 | 94 minutes | Gerd Oswald

February 18, 2019

A ruthless social-climber murders his wealthy girlfriend when she becomes pregnant, then pursues her sister.

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Bud Corliss is charming and handsome-the ideal catch for any young woman in 1950s America. But when Bud's girlfriend unexpectedly becomes pregnant, throwing a wrench in his avaricious social-climbing, Bud becomes a literal ladykiller. This rare example of widescreen Technicolor noir is a Douglas Sirk melodrama turned homicidal. Robert Wagner threw a wicked curve into his career by playing one of the most amoral heels in Hollywood history. Gerd Oswald's directing debut is a rarely screened look at the underbelly of American affluence in the 1950s.


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SIFF Cinema Egyptian Back Bar
Chef Joshua Henderson of Huxley Wallace Collective presents:

  • Hot Dog Sandwich ($5) - griddled hebrew national dog, butter toasted martins potato roll, ketchup and stone ground mustard
  • Spicy Chicken Sandwich ($8) - spiced fried chicken, martins potato roll, lemon mayo, iceberg lettuce
  • Frito Pie ($6) - juanita's tortilla chips topped with 3 bean chili, cheddar cheese, crema, minced onions

  • Director: Gerd Oswald
  • Principal Cast: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith, Joanne Woodward, Mary Astor
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1956
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Producer: Robert L. Jacks
  • Screenplay: Lawrence Roman
  • Cinematographers: Lucien Ballard
  • Language: English
  • Format: 35mm