Tonight's Saturday Night cinema is A Kiss before Dying, a romantic suspense thriller starring an incredibly beautiful Robert Wagner and not nearly as pretty Joanne Woodward. This strange and offbeat film has Robert Wagner portraying a sinister, calculating young man who allows nothing to get in the way of his plans to get money (not through hard work, mind you).
It's a juicy story, even if improbable at times. Based on Ira Levin's novel, it's the story of two wealthy twins who become the prey of a seemingly perfect young man who will do anything to marry into their family.
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 accepted by her wealthy family. Her sister Ellen (Virginia Leith), refusing to believe that Dorothy has committed suicide, begins to investigate on her own. She meets Budd, and ignorant of his prior relationship with Dorothy begins a relationship with him. When Ellen discovers that Budd knew Dorothy, the stage is set for a final, dramatic showdown as Ellen fights to revenge her sister and save her own life. The script, adapted from the novel of the same name written by Ira Levin is excellent and tension-filled. Joanne Woodward is fine in a touching performance as the vulnerable and trusting Dorothy. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi