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The Killing (1956)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  6 June 1956 (USA)
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Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.

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Policeman Randy Kennan (as Ted DeCorsia)
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George Peatty (as Elisha Cook)
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Mike O'Reilly
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Track Parking Attendant
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Nikki Arcane
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Leo the Loanshark
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Joe Piano
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Mrs. Ruthie O'Reilly
Herbert Ellis ...
2nd American Airlines Clerk
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Storyline

After getting out of prison, Johnny Clay masterminds a complex race-track heist, but his scheme is complicated by the intervention of the wife of a teller (George Peatty) in on the scheme, the boyfriend of the wife, airport regulations, and a small dog. Written by Andrew Hyatt <dres@uiuc.edu>

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Bed of Fear  »

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$320,000 (estimated)
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The location where John Clay (Sterling Hayden) proposes the deal to Maurice Oboukhoff (Kola Kwariani) is a mock-up of the 42nd Street Chess and Checker Parlor in New York City. Director Stanley Kubrick was a regular chess player there, as was Kola. See more »

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When Nikki tries to drive away after shooting the horse, he supposedly sustains a flat tire from running over the horse shoe discarded by the parking attendant. The tire is already flat before he starts the car. See more »

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Narrator: At exactly 3:45 on that Saturday afternoon in the last week of September, Marvin Unger was, perhaps, the only one among the hundred thousand people at the track who felt no thrill at the running of the fifth race. He was totally disinterested in horse racing and held a lifelong contempt for gambling. Nevertheless, he had a $5 win bet on every horse in the fifth race. He knew, of course, that this rather unique system of betting would more than likely result in a loss, but he didn't...
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Somewhat over-hyped early Kubrick...
25 January 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Stanley Kubrick co-wrote and directed this adaptation of Lionel White's book "Clean Break" (a better title!) about a racetrack robbery gone horribly wrong. Film-noir is alternately exciting and heavy-hearted, with scenes that tend to plod and performances which aren't terribly magnetic. Sterling Hayden excels as always, and Elisha Cook and Vince Edwards do well in character parts, but the other roles are disappointingly filled and the production is on the cheap side. Although Kubrick's film garnered sterling notices in its time, it hasn't aged well and is mainly worth-seeing today only as a curio. **1/2 from ****


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