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Director:
Writers:
Ben Hecht (screenplay) and
Charles Lederer (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
27 August 1947 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
It will mark you for life as it marked him for... Betrayal See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins See more »
NewsDesk:
(6 articles)
’10 Oscar Narratives & Precedents: It’S All Been Done Before!
 (From Scott Feinberg. 23 February 2011, 9:13 PM, PST)

David Thomson on Santa Claus
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 23 December 2010, 4:00 PM, PST)

Actor Widmark Dies
 (From WENN. 26 March 2008, 12:11 PM, PDT)

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A Shocking Screen Debut See more (64 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Victor Mature ... Nick Bianco

Brian Donlevy ... Assistant D.A. Louis D'Angelo

Coleen Gray ... Nettie

Richard Widmark ... Tommy Udo
Taylor Holmes ... Earl Howser--Attorney
Howard Smith ... Warden

Karl Malden ... Sgt. William Cullen
Anthony Ross ... 'Big Ed' Williams
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adler ... Detective (uncredited)
Rollin Bauer ... Sing Sing Guard (uncredited)
Harry Bellaver ... Bull Weed (uncredited)
Dennis Bohan ... Guard (uncredited)
Olga Borget ... Cashier at Luigi's (uncredited)
Susan Cabot ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Alexander Campbell ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Detective (uncredited)

Dort Clark ... Man in Car (uncredited)
Eva Condon ... Nun at Orphanage (uncredited)
Harry Cooke ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Harold Crane ... Mr. Moremann (uncredited)
James Doody ... Sing Sing Guard (uncredited)

Mildred Dunnock ... Mrs. Rizzo (uncredited)
Arthur Foran Jr. ... Sing Sing Guard (uncredited)
David Fresco ... Waiter (uncredited)
Harold Gary ... Doorman (uncredited)
Don Giovanni ... Tommy's Henchman (uncredited)
Marilee Grassini ... Rosaria (uncredited)
James Charles J.C. Heard ... Jazz Drummer (uncredited)
Eda Heinemann ... Mrs. Keller (uncredited)
Lou Herbert ... Policeman (uncredited)
Herbert Holcombe ... City Jail Guard (uncredited)
Arthur Holland ... Policeman (uncredited)
Harry Kadison ... Policeman (uncredited)
Robert Karnes ... Tommy's Henchman (uncredited)
Arthur Kramer ... Mr. Sulla (uncredited)
John Kullers ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Harry Landers ... Convict (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Franklyn Lenthall ... Man (uncredited)
Paul Lilly ... City Jail Guard (uncredited)
Pat Malone ... Policeman (uncredited)
Iris Mann ... Congetta (uncredited)

John Marley ... Convict (uncredited)
Gregg Martell ... Guard (uncredited)
Charles McClelland ... Detective (uncredited)
Norman McKay ... Capt. Dolan (uncredited)
Richard Midgley ... Guard (uncredited)
Carl Milletaire ... Customer (uncredited)

Millard Mitchell ... Detective Shelby (uncredited)
Mary Morrison ... Mother Superior (uncredited)
Consuela O'Connor ... Girl (uncredited)
Gloria O'Connor ... Girl (uncredited)
William O'Leary ... Policeman (uncredited)
Wendell K. Phillips ... Tony 'Pep' Mangone (uncredited)
Yvonne Rob ... Customer (uncredited)
Stephen Roberts ... Guard (uncredited)
Mel Ruick ... Moremann's Assistant (uncredited)
Jack Rutherford ... Policeman (uncredited)
Lee Sanford ... Chips Cooney (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Policeman (uncredited)
George Shelton ... Waiter (uncredited)
Irene Shirley ... Nun (uncredited)
J. Scott Smart ... (uncredited)
A. George Smith ... Policeman (uncredited)
John Stearns ... Harris (uncredited)
Richard Taber ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Victor Thorley ... Sing Sing Guard (uncredited)
Lawrence Tiernan ... Policeman (uncredited)
Tito Vuolo ... Luigi (uncredited)
Milton Wallace ... (uncredited)
Jesse White ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Bill Zuckert ... Sing Sing Guard (uncredited)
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Directed by
Henry Hathaway 
 
Writing credits
Ben Hecht (screenplay) and
Charles Lederer (screenplay)

Eleazar Lipsky (story)

Philip Dunne  additional scenes (uncredited)

Produced by
Fred Kohlmar .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Buttolph 
 
Cinematography by
Norbert Brodine (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
J. Watson Webb Jr. 
 
Art Direction by
Leland Fuller 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Charles Hall .... unit manager (uncredited)
Raymond A. Klune .... studio production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Abe Steinberg .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Rod Amateau .... stunts (uncredited)
Herbert Holcombe .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Earle Hagen .... orchestral arranger
Lionel Newman .... conductor
 
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Runtime:
98 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (DVD rating) (2005) | USA:Approved (PCA #12356) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 28, 1948 with Victor Mature, Richard Widmark and Coleen Gray reprising their film roles.See more »
Quotes:
Nettie:Nick Bianco hadn't worked for a year. He had a record - a prison record. They say it shouldn't count against you but when Nick tried to get a job the same thing always happened: "Very sorry." No prejudice, of course, but no job either. So this is how Nick went Christmas shopping for his kids.See more »
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Featured in Trilogy of Terror II (1996) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
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40 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
A Shocking Screen Debut, 26 December 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Richard Widmark belongs to a select few players who from their screen debut became instant stars. No bit parts, no walk-ons, Widmark's first feature role netted him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and stardom.

Widmark's portrayal of Tommy Udo in Kiss of Death shocked audiences nationwide. When Widmark tied up Mildred Dunnock and threw her down a flight of stairs, gasps aplenty came from audiences. That maniacal giggle became his trademark and fodder for impressionists from then on in. Widmark in fact had to really convince his bosses at 20th Century Fox that he was capable of more than being a psychopathic killer.

Widmark was fourth billed in this film and so dominates it that it's forgotten that Victor Mature is the lead and contributes a good performance in his own right. Mature is a career criminal who was left holding the bag for his associates during a jewel heist. He refuses to rat them out and gets a stretch in prison for it. By his refusal to be a stoolie, Mature gains the friendship of Widmark who has a special hatred for the breed.

Things then go bad for Mature when his wife commits suicide and his two little daughters wind up in an orphanage. At that point he rethinks becoming a stoolie for District Attorney Brian Donlevy and the main action of the film begins.

Mature gives a very good performance of a man running out of options. He's caught between concern for his family and living up to the honor system that criminals have among themselves. Brian Donlevy, usually a villain, does a good job as the District Attorney.

One other performance is worthy of note. Though he only has a few scenes, criminal defense attorney Taylor Holmes is also a real stand out. His Earle Houser is definitely one of the sleaziest lawyers ever portrayed on the screen.

For all the many good performances Richard Widmark has given in his 91 years, his debut film turned out to be the only time he was ever nominated for an Oscar. That's a shame because I could think of a couple of other films like Night and the City, Pickup on South Street and Panic in the Streets that would have been worthy of consideration.

Hopefully the American Film Institute will give Widmark a Lifetime Achievement Award and soon.

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