Killer's Kiss (1955)

Unrated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  1 October 1955 (USA)
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As a man waits at a train station for his girl, he tells us about the recent past and we segue into a long flash-back.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Smith ...
Irene Kane ...
Jerry Jarrett ...
Mike Dana ...
Felice Orlandi ...
Shaun O'Brien ...
Barbara Brand ...
Taxi Dance Lady
David Vaughan ...
Conventioneer #1
Alec Rubin ...
Conventioneer #2
Bouncer #1
Phil Stevenson ...
Bouncer #2
Arthur Feldman ...
Policeman #1
Bill Funaro ...
Taxi Driver
Skippy Adelman ...
Mannequin Factory Owner


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 <>

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1 October 1955 (USA)  »

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Kiss Me, Kill Me  »

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$75,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Davy Gordon: Something's happened.
Gloria Price: Yes, I know.
Davy Gordon: Do you know?
Gloria Price: Sure. You kissed me.
Davy Gordon: Is that all?
Gloria Price: That's all I saw, and I was watching all the time.
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A Kubrick film at only 67 minutes - can you believe it?
14 August 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

It's just over an hour long and even so we have the trademark Kubrick opening, where he takes his own sweet time in letting us know what the film is about but somehow draws us in all the same. Look: it's an hour long, and it's a slight, hour-long kind of story. Don't expect anything more. I think there's also rather clearly a moment when Kubrick realised that he didn't know how he was going to end it all - to be honest, I have a sneaking suspicion that a similar thing happened on "2001", "Eyes Wide Shut" and even "Dr. Strangelove". In each of these cases it was the prompt for a daring and unconventional conclusion. I wish I could say that was the case here.

This doesn't prevent it from being involving while it lasts. Kubrick once again demonstrates the he could point a camera at anything at all and make it interesting - the images are amazing, yet entirely functional. If you have ever loved any black-and-white camera work you'll love this. It's also a masterpiece of violence-without-violence, if you know what I mean. It deserves to be more well-known than it is.

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