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Kiss of Death (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | September 1947 (USA)
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With his law-breaking lifestyle in the past, an ex-con, along with his family, attempt to start a new life, knowing a betrayed someone from the past is bound to see otherwise.

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Small-time crook Nick Bianco gets caught in a jewel heist and despite urgings from well-meaning district attorney D'Angelo, refuses to rat on his partners and goes to jail, assured that his wife and children will be taken care of. Learning that his depressed wife has killed herself, Nick informs on his ex-pals and is paroled. Nick remarries, gets a job and begins leading a happy life when he learns one of the men he informed on, psychopathic killer Tommy Udo, has been released from custody and is out for revenge against Nick and his family. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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$1,520,000 (estimated)
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First movie worked on by composer Earle Hagen. See more »

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While talking to convict Nick Bianco (Victor Mature) the Prison's Warden (Howard Smith) calls him "D'Angelo" ; which was the name of the Assistant District Attorney (Brian Donlevy). See more »

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Tommy Udo: I'm askin' ya, where's that squealin' son of yours?
[weird laugh]
Tommy Udo: You think a squealer can get away from me? Huh?
[crazy laugh]
Tommy Udo: You know what I do to squealers? I let 'em have it in the belly, so they can roll around for a long time thinkin' it over. You're worse than him, tellin' me he's comin' back? Ya lyin' old hag!
[maniacal laugh]
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Music by Alfred Newman
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Psychopathic killer stalks jewel thief who informed on him.
26 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

Arrested fleeing from his latest jewel holdup, Victor Mature won't talk to the DA so he takes the rap himself and goes up the river, confident the mob's lawyer will take care of his family. Tragedy soon strikes and Mature must rat out a mob hit man to get out of jail for the sake of his two children. Richard Widmark makes his film debut as the psychopathic killer on Mature's trail. The scene where he pushes an elderly, wheelchair-bound woman down a flight of stairs is just as shocking today as it was in 1947. Filmed on location in New York this gritty thriller is a must see!


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