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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 »
User Reviews:
Vic and Dick In Old Manhattan See more (67 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)
Nina 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)
Ronald King ... Larry Young (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)

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
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
Argentina:16 | 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:
When New York mobster Joe Gallo--a vicious killer known as "Crazy Joe"--was starting out as a small-time hoodlum, he saw this movie and instantly idolized Tommy Udo (Richard Widmark). Afterwards, Gallo began wearing his suits with black shirts and white ties in emulation of Udo. He also began acting in a more crazed manner, thus giving rise to his "Crazy Joe" persona, which lasted until the gangster's death in 1972, when he was murdered by rival gangsters in Umberto's Clam House in Little Italy.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
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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28 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Vic and Dick In Old Manhattan, 23 September 2002
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

This is one of the better remembered crime films of the forties, and boasts excellent direction by Henry Hathaway, a good script by Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer, and fine New York location photography by Norbert Brodine. Victor Mature plays a small-time crook who's enlisted by an assistant D.A. to infiltrate a gang of criminals whose leader, played by Richard Widmark, in his movie debut, is a psychopath with a very bent sense of humor. Psycho killers were relatively new to movies in the forties, and Widmark's may be the most famous of the lot. One can see his influence in films for years to come, as any number of actors made their debuts playing similar roles. No one surpassed Widmark for sheer sadism, however, as when he ties up an old lady in a wheelchair and sends her tumbling down a flight of stairs. This remains his most famous role, and when his obituary is written, the author, if he knows his movies at all, will mention it in the first sentence. Kiss Of Death is a decent crime story, at times very tense, but not otherwise exceptional. Surprisingly, Victor Mature gives a warm, emotional performance in the leading role, and Widmark's villainy would not have been so nearly as effective without this. How dull this picture might have been had Dana Andrews or Mark Stevens played this part.

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