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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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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:

Kiss Me, Kill Me See more »

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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

The last film directed by Stanley Kubrick that was written as an original screenplay (i.e., wasn't based on a previously published novel or short story). See more »

Goofs

Pennsylvania Station was electrified, all trains entering and leaving would not be pulled by steam engines. The sounds of steam engines chugging about during the station sequence are a goof. Pennsylvania Railroad trains had GG1 electric locomotives. See more »

Quotes

Gloria Price: It's a mistake to confuse pity with love.
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Connections

References Flame and the Flesh (1954) See more »

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Oh, Susanna
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by one of the conventioneers on a harmonica
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The Genius of a Young Stanley Kubrick
23 February 2006 | by silverkidSee all my reviews

Killer's Kiss is a 1955 movie produced, directed and written by a 27 year old Stanley Kubrick. Coming off the heels of a poorly received first effort, 1953's Fear and Desire, Kubrick stormed back with an interesting little story set in the heart of New York City. The film's protagonist Davy Gordon, is a struggling local boxer who gets involved with a woman, Gloria Price who's ex, Vincent Rapallo hasn't let go of her yet. Kubrick slowly, and movingly, shows the two principals taking the downgrade: Davy fighting a losing bout in the ring while Gloria is trying to push off some heavy passes from Rapallo.

While the pair try to flee the city, Rapallo and his henchmen foil there escape. Price meanwhile, has changed her mind and decides she's better off with a real man, Rapallo. In the thrilling climax, Gordon and Rapallo battle it out in a run-down mannequin factory which foreshadows his technique shown in later masterpieces.

"Killer's Kiss" was a first-class suspense film that foreshadowed conscious and technique that Kubrick was to take to the limit in later years. After all, the ending was fair enough for the Fifties. Out of a possible 5 stars, I give young Stanley Kubrick's "Killer's Kiss" 4 stars.


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