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Killer's Kiss (1955)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 October 1955 (USA)
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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Box Office

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

In one scene Irene Kane was supposed to walk across 42nd Street, but a truck driver repeatedly blocked the way with his vehicle. The driver agreed to clear the area only if Kane would later meet him for a drink. She agreed and the scene was shot, but to this day no one knows if the rendezvous actually took place. See more »

Goofs

Before Davy jumps through the loft window, he is wearing light socks and later dark socks. When he lands on the sidewalk, he is clearly wearing white socks. See more »

Quotes

Davy Gordon: It's crazy how you can get yourself in a mess sometimes and not even be able to think about it with any sense-and yet not be able to think about anything else. You get so you're no good for anything or anybody. Maybe it begins by taking life too serious. Anyway, I think that's the way it began for me. Just before my fight with Rodriguez three days ago...
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Connections

References Beachhead (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, Susanna
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by one of the conventioneers on a harmonica
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Solid until the last minute
7 April 2012 | by KubrisSee all my reviews

Wow: right from the start, Killer's Kiss shows a noticeable step up from Fear and Desire- we open in a train station, and will see many people and large sets for the rest of the film.

More than a technical advance, Killer's Kiss is an excellent noir with a tight plot and much larger scale than what actually happens. There's a boxer, a dancer, a gangster and his goons, and one big flashback. From the first scene, and the beginning of an ongoing narration, we see that Gordon is alone, so we can focus on the why- it relates to the message.

There are great scenes in Killer's Kiss. The boxing is raw, much better than fight scenes of the time: it feels like you have front row seats. The ballerina and exposition of Gloria's life, and the climatic chase and mannequin mangling. The acting is fair, but Rappello is a real slimeball.

This is a huge step up from Fear and Desire technically. The shooting is excellent, feeling large and small at the same time. We get treated to some artistic shots as well. The editing is fine, and the lighting is true- noir. The music is fantastic, very upbeat, fast and fitting, adding to the tension where needed. This is visionary directing with funds.

Then there's the ending. No spoilers. This was an 8 the whole way through, I was loving it, but then the last scene shatters the message as well as the score. You'll roll your eyes at Gordon's reaction. If you want to see a much better film, end it with 1 minute left.

But overall the film is excellent and I feel it's better to have too much than too little- you can edit the ending yourself. A solid noir, and even more promise than Fear and Desire, despite the contradictory ending. 6.6/10


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