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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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Mike Dana ...
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Felice Orlandi ...
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Shaun O'Brien ...
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Barbara Brand ...
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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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Her Soft Mouth Was the Road to Sin-Smeared Violence!


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1 October 1955 (USA)  »

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Kiss Me, Kill Me  »

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For the dream sequence, Stanley Kubrick used the negative image instead of the developed footage. This scene has been likened to the space corridor of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). See more »

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When Davey packs up to leave his apartment, his two bags are not the same two bags he has at the end of the film. See more »

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Vincent Rapallo: If only you could know how low and worthless I feel.
Gloria Price: I didn't even know you had any feelings.
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Interesting early Kubrick
26 July 2004 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Stanley Kubrick's career really took off in 1956, upon the release of his first masterpiece; "The Killing", after which he would go on to make many much loved cinema classics such as "Dr Strangelove", "The Shining" and "A Clockwork Orange", to name a few. This movie is, however, no masterpiece; but that's not to say it's without it's plus points.

First and foremost, this movie is admirable for it's directing, which is excellent. Of course Stanley Kubrick would go on to show himself as a genius behind the camera, and this movie is an early taste of that genius in the directorial department. Secondly, despite the B-grade cast, the acting is not bad at all. It's not marvelous, but considering the cast's accomplishments, previously and after this movie was made, it's better than one would expect.

One of the movie's major flaws, however, is its lack of ideas. There are some nice ideas in the film, such as the part where Gloria tells her story to a backdrop of her sister doing ballet, and the Rear Window style way that the Gloria and Davy meet, but as the film is only 67 minutes long, it felt at times that Kubrick was spending too long on certain sequences, which is a problem if the movie is as short as this one is as it looked as though Kubrick was just dragging things out in order to meet an acceptable running time. That might be so bad in a longer film, but here it's not good.

This movie is a nice, taut little thriller and is definitely recommended to people that want to see some early Kubrick and thereby see how he developed as a filmmaker, but it's not a great film and I don't recommend going into this movie expecting it to be one.


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