A Kiss Before Dying

Synopsis: Student Bud Corliss is wooing Dorother Kingship purely for her father's mining fortune. When he finds she is pregnant he realises she is likely to be disinherited, so cleverly stages her suicide. After a couple of months her sister back home finds evidence to question the suicide verdict, but by then has a new boyfriend of her own...
Director(s): Gerd Oswald
Production: Crown International Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

Crying isn't going to help.

I just can't help it.

Aw, Dory...

I've known about it for days.

I didn't want to say anything

until I was sure, but I've known.

No mistake possible?


How far?

Two months almost.

You, uh... You didn't give the doctor

your right name, did you?


He knew I was lying.

It was awful.

You shouldn't have gone alone.

I should have gone with you.

What are we gonna do?


I know you want me to say

we'll get married right away but...

Don't want to get out of it, do you?

Don't even think that.

I love you.

Oh, I love you.

I want to marry you, more than

anything else in the world, only your...

- He doesn't matter.

- He's your father. He does.

What he thinks is important.

All I know is we don't have any choice.

Look, honey...

I know this is a shock,

but it isn't the end of the world.

Sure, it's a problem,

but a thing like this can change, Dory.

- No.

- There's always a chance. You know that.

I suppose so.


Come on. Come on.

That's better.

Come on, honey. We'd better go.

My mother will be home soon.

- OK?

- OK.


I don't feel good.

- I can't even eat.

- Well, that's natural.

I know, but the girls in the sorority house

are gonna start asking questions.

Well, I know what we can do

about that, Dory.

A friend of mine - Hermy Gosset.

Remember him?

One of his cousins owns a pharmacy.

Hermy works there nights.

Maybe he'd give me something

to make you feel better.

- You won't say anything, will you?

- No, of course not.

Oh, Dory...

Come on, will ya stop worrying?

Everything's going to be all right.


Come on, honey. We'd better go.

Be careful you don't

leave anything around.

- It's not right.

- What?

For anyone to love somebody

as much as I love you.

That makes us even.

Then we haven't got anything

to worry about. Haven't you heard?

Love conquers all.

- Hello, son.

- Hi, Mother.

- Had your dinner?

- No. I'm not hungry.

- There's a sandwich in the kitchen.

- I don't feel like anything.

- You've gotta eat something.

- Why?

- Aren't you feeling well?

- Mother, will ya, please?

There's something wrong.

You can't fool me. I know you too well.

Mother, please! Will ya?

It's just that I have to get something

special ready for a speech tomorrow.

I haven't much time to do it in.

- You work too hard. Play more.

- I haven't any time.

A person's gotta relax sometime.

Look, Mother, I'm 25 years old.

Where am I? No place.

I don't wanna wind up like Dad,

with holes in my shoes.

You're not like him. Not at all.

You'll see.

Anything you decide to do, you'll do it.

- I know.

- Sure, I'm a genius.

I think so.

- Hi.

- Hi.

Any change?


Well, I think we ought to decide

and set a date.

You're not mad, are you?

No. Of course not.

Don't be so unhappy about it.

I know it's not the way we planned

but... it'll be all right.

Sure. It'll be great.

- I'll quit school, get a job.

- No! No, you won't have to.

You'll get more money from the

government because you have a wife.

$105 a month.

Well, other people get along.

Soda jerk. How does that sound?

I had such plans.

Everybody expected so much of me.

It's all my fault.

It's always the girl's fault.

Maybe there is a way.

We could call your father...


But we could appeal to him,

tell him we did a terrible thing.

It won't do any good!

I know him.

I know the way he feels about me.

- But, Dory, all we have to...

- No!

We'll get along.

- Prove to him that we don't need him.

- I'm only...

I don't even want him!

Look, for the first time in my life

I feel like me.

I'm not Dorothy any more.

That's my father's daughter

and his property.

I'm Dory now because you said so.

Oh, sure.

Sure, I've done wonders for you.

I really have.

New name, new address...

Poverty Row, it'll be.

Oh, no. I'm gonna be rich.

Don't you see?

I'll have everything I ever wanted.

I'll have somebody to love

and to take care of.

And I'll have somebody to love me

just for myself.

OK, honey. We'll go down

to the municipal Friday and...

- Why Friday?

- A few days won't make any difference.

Be practical, honey. There's things

to take care of - the license and...

Besides, if we go Friday, we'll have

the whole weekend for our honeymoon.

That's right.

Oh, it's exciting, isn't it?

Let's go somewhere, huh?

I can't, Dory. I've got a chem lab

and a ton of Spanish.

I wanna get things cleared away,

so we'll be free.

OK. I'll get to work, too.

Oh, I love you.

You don't wanna get out of it, do you?

Silly. Who wants out?

- Call me?

- Yeah, first chance.

- Dory?

- Hm?

You haven't told anybody?

Your sister, or?

- No. But I thought I ought to.

- Is that wise?

Ellen's all right.

She'll understand. She'll even help.

I was thinking. Maybe we ought to keep it

our little secret, until after the wedding.

OK. Anything you say.

- Are you all right?

- Yes.

- You had me worried.

- Oh, it's all right.

- Bye.

- Bye.

- Hey! Hey, Kingship.

- Oh...

- You forgot our appointment last night.

- Gordon, I'm sorry. I wasn't feeling well.

Listen, young lady.

I've got a reputation to protect.

No one I've tutored thus far has flunked

out, so I don't want you starting anything.

I'm gonna be busy next week,

but what do you want me to do?

Run over chapter 14

and try the problems, will you?

- And I am sorry. Bye.

- Bye.

- You in Albertson's class?

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