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Killer's Kiss (1955)

Ready to catch a train to his hometown, a washed up boxer tells us about the strange and twisty events that happened to him the past couple of days.

Director:

Stanley Kubrick

Writer:

Stanley Kubrick (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Silvera ... Vinnie Rapallo
Jamie Smith Jamie Smith ... Davey Gordon
Irene Kane Irene Kane ... Gloria Price
Jerry Jarrett Jerry Jarrett ... Albert
Mike Dana Mike Dana ... Gangster
Felice Orlandi ... Gangster
Shaun O'Brien Shaun O'Brien ... Landlord
Barbara Brand Barbara Brand ... Taxi Dance Lady
David Vaughan David Vaughan ... Conventioneer #1
Alec Rubin Alec Rubin ... Conventioneer #2
Ralph Roberts ... Bouncer #1
Phil Stevenson Phil Stevenson ... Bouncer #2
Arthur Feldman Arthur Feldman ... Policeman #1
Bill Funaro Bill Funaro ... Taxi Driver
Skippy Adelman Skippy Adelman ... Mannequin Factory Owner
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Storyline

Prize-fighter Davy Gordon intervenes when private dancer Gloria Price is being attacked by her employer and lover Vincent Raphello. This brings the two together and they get involved with each other, which displeases Raphello. He sends men out to kill Davy, but they instead kill his friend. Gloria is soon kidnapped by Raphello and his men, and it is up to Davy to save her. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Taglines:

Exposed! The mobs, molls, and mayhem of New York's clip-joint jungle! See more »


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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Minotaur Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

For the dream sequence, Stanley Kubrick used the negative image instead of the developed footage. This scene has been likened to the space corridor of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). See more »

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When Dave is reading the letter on the subway, the narration of the letter obviously very different from what is written on the page. See more »

Quotes

Vincent Rapallo: If only you could know how low and worthless I feel.
Gloria Price: I didn't even know you had any feelings.
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Oh, Susanna
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by one of the conventioneers on a harmonica
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Kubrick's fully formed masterpiece at age 27
13 February 2002 | by Look CloserSee all my reviews

At an age when most wannabe filmmakers are still 'in training' Stanley Kubrick was producing full length feature masterpieces.

I'm still shocked at how many fans of Kubrick's later work do not appreciate Killer's Kiss. While the basic plot of the movie is nothing special and decidely more 'Hollywood' than Kubrick's later works there are more signs of his trademark style in this film than I feel there were in The Killing or Paths of Glory.

Kubrick's own cinematography in particular blew me away. The use of depth, light and shadow and of his trademark moving camera show us more skill and thought than directors with dozens of films and much better scripts under their belt. And Kubrick's trademark use of his camera to observe silently, capturing the true spirit of his characters when they are alone (no music, no dialogue) is seen over and over in the apartment. If Kubrick's direction could turn a story like this into such a masterful cinematic experience I shudder at what he would of done with this film had he made 10 or 20 years later.

If you love the unique cinematic idiosynchracies of Kubrick's later work then you MUST SEE KILLER'S KISS!


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