Ira Levin


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Kiss Before Dying, A (1956) -- (Movie Clip) If Certain Details Were Omitted Characters discussed but never seen before the murder (disguised as suicide) of Dory (Joanne Woodward), George MacReady her father, Virginia Leith her sister, Howard Petrie the police chief and Jeffrey Hunter, whom we have met, as the college tutor and weirdly, we learn, also part-time cop Gordon, with the culprit (Robert Wagner as “Bud” Corliss) lurking in Tucson’s El Presidio Park, in A Kiss Before Dying, 1956.
Kiss Before Dying, A (1956) -- (Movie Clip) You've Concealed It Wonderfully Gobbling up more Tucson scenery, Virginia Leith as Ellen, wealthy sister of Dorothy (Joanne Woodward), whose murder has been officially ruled a suicide, receives a memento, then a phone call (from Bud, Robert Wagner, who committed the murder, and who is apparently now dating her!), then clashes with her cruel father (George MacReady), in A Kiss Before Dying, 1956.
Kiss Before Dying, A (1956) -- (Movie Clip) Your Diabolic Spell Shooting on location near the Guadalupe Peak Trail outside Tucson, Virginia Leith as heiress Ellen is now totally ensnared by Robert Wagner as Bud, who now has not only sold his murder of her sister as a suicide, but also now killed the guy he set up for having driven her to it, in the byzantine A Kiss Before Dying, 1956, from an Ira Levin novel.
Kiss Before Dying, A (1956) -- (Movie Clip) He Knew I Was Lying Following the credits and almost all in one take (by career A-D Gerd Oswald in his first outing as a director) college man Bud (Robert Wagner) has a slippery attitude already in place as well-to-do townie girlfriend Dorothy (Joanne Woodward) tells him she's pregnant, in A Kiss Before Dying, 1956.
Kiss Before Dying, A (1956) -- (Movie Clip) Always The Girls' Fault Shiftless B-M-O-C Bud (Robert Wagner) meets pregnant girlfriend, whom he calls "Doree" (Joanne Woodward), who wants to set a wedding date, still playing it cagey, and maybe taking a stab at accidentally killing her (?), early in A Kiss Before Dying, 1956, from the Ira Levin novel.
Deathtrap (1982) -- (Movie Clip) It's The Worst Play I've Ever Seen Director Sidney Lumet opens at the Music Box, where the original play by Ira Levin ran for years, Michael Caine as playwright Sidney, watching the opening of his latest flop, Dyan Cannon his daffy wife on the phone, Joe Silver his producer, in Deathtrap,1982, co-starring Christopher Reeve.
Deathtrap (1982) -- (Movie Clip) My Spiritual Child Desperate playwright Sidney (Michael Caine) picks up Clifford (Christopher Reeve), whom he's invited to discuss his own brilliant first play, his wife (Dyan Cannon) looking for signs he was kidding about killing the author and stealing his work, in Sidney Lumet's adaptation of Deathtrap, 1982.
Deathtrap (1982) -- (Movie Clip) My Heart Won't Take It All in good fun, washed-up playwright Sidney (Michael Caine), whom we fear might actually murder his former seminar student Clifford (Christopher Reeve) and steal his play, has tricked him into trying out some handcuffs, his wife (Dyan Cannon) close to panic, in Deathtrap, 1982.
No Time For Sergeants (1958) -- (Movie Clip) Sleepin' With The Hogs Ben (Nick Adams) and Will (Andy Griffith) are in a friendly spat over bunks when Blanchard (Murray Hamilton) leads a gang into a larger fight, alarming Sergeant King (Myron McCormick), in No Time For Sergeants, 1958.
No Time For Sergeants (1958) -- (Movie Clip) Permanent Latrine Orderly Big snafu as the captain (Bartlett Robinson) receives a detailed report from Will (Andy Griffith) on his latrine duty, Sergeant King (Myron McCormick) cringing, in No Time For Sergeants, 1958.
No Time For Sergeants (1958) -- (Movie Clip) Be Christian To Him! Having just proved that Will (Andy Griffith) can read, Pa (William Fawcett) reluctantly concedes to letting him leave with the draft board man (Dub Taylor), early in No Time For Sergeants, 1958.
Critic's Choice (1963) -- (Movie Clip) He's Murdering The Play Opening from director Don Weis, Marilyn Maxwell on the Broadway stage, then we meet principals, Bob Hope (as critic Parker) and wife Lucille Ball, encountering John Dehner and Evan McCord, then at the newsroom Jerome Cowan and Richard Deacon, in Critic’s Choice, 1963, from the play loosely based on the real-life couple Walter and Jean Kerr.

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