The Film Detective announced nine new film restorations that will be available as priced-to-collect DVD product offerings on Oct. 18.
Leading the way is director Edwin L. Marin’s 1933 film adaptation of Madelon St. Dennis’ popular 1932 mystery novel, The Death Kiss.
Following the success of Universal’s Dracula in 1931, Bela Lugosi suddenly found himself a hot commodity and quickly appeared in a number of interesting films from all different sorts of competing production sources including 20th Century-Fox, United Artists, Universal Pictures and indie World Wide Pictures, Inc., where he delivered the very effective studio-themed The Death Kiss.
He plays Steiner, the production manager for Tonart Studios, whose latest production, The Death Kiss, is thrown into chaos when the star of the film (played by Edmund Burns) is killed during the filming of a critical scene in the film. The police are called in and it becomes a full-blown whodunit when a real bullet is found that doesn’t match the caliber of the “stunt” gun.
Who did it? There are plenty of suspects to be sure … and certainly Lugosi’s character has secrets that might make him the killer! The Death Kiss is a terrific early sound film that gives you a glimpse into the movie-making process back then … in addition to providing an entertainment mystery.
Also from the 1930s is director Sam Newfield’s 1936 Western Sci-Fi thriller, Ghost Patrol, starring Tim McCoy and featuring a plot focusing on the ability to bring down aircraft with radium ray. Cowboys, pre-war aeronautics and a mysterious death ray … who could ask for more!
Also from 1936 is director Arthur Lubin’s Yellowstone, which features a stash of stolen loot and a murder mystery all showcase against the rugged backdrop of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (which is pretty cool considering the technology to produce a sound film in 1936).
Additional film restorations coming from The Film Detective on Oct. 18 include Black Gold (1936, with Frankie Darro), Boy! What A Girl! (1947 musical with Tim Moore and Elwood Smith), Crashing Through Danger (1936), Family Enforcer (aka: The Death Collector) and the webisode mystery, Whitlock: A Study in Starlet.