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Blast of Silence (1961)

Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller, Drama | April 1961 (USA)
A hired killer from Cleveland has a job to do on a second-string mob boss in New York. But a special girl from his past, and a fat gun dealer with pet rats, each gets in his way.

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Allen Baron ...
Molly McCarthy ...
Lori
Larry Tucker ...
Peter Clune ...
Troiano (as Peter H. Clune)
Danny Meehan ...
Petey
Howard Mann ...
Body Guard
Charles Creasap ...
Contact Man
Bill DePrato ...
Joe Boniface (as Bill Da Prado)
Milda Memenas ...
Troiano's Girl Freind [sic]
Joe Bubbico ...
Body Guard
Ruth Kaner ...
Cleaning Woman
Gil Rogers ...
Gangster
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Gangster
Don Saroyan ...
Lori's Boy Friend
Dean Sheldon ...
Night Club Singer
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Having been 'away' for some time, professional killer Frankie Bono returns to New York to do another job: assassinate some mid-level mobster. Although intending to avoid unnecessary 'contact' while carefully stalking his victim, Bono is recognized by an old fellow from the orphanage, whose calm and unambitious citizen's life and happy marriage contrast heavily with Bono's solitary and haunted existence. Exhausted and distracted, Bono makes another mistake, but his contract is not one to back out of. Written by <armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de>

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Part of the movie was shot during the middle of a real hurricane - the wind seen during the fistfight is not artificial. It was filmed on Long Island during Hurricane Donna (September 10-12, 1960), the only hurricane of the 20th Century to strike the entire East Coast from south Florida to Maine. See more »

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When Frank Bono is walking down the sidewalk ready to enter the building in which Troiano's girlfriend lives, the street and sidewalk are dry. But just as he turns to go up to the entry of the building, the camera view switches to a different angle, and now suddenly the street behind Frank is all wet from rain. See more »

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[first lines]
Bellhop: Nice view we have here.
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Milda Memenas is listed in the end credits as playing "Troiano's Girl Freind" [sic]. See more »

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Torrid Town
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A bleak, "existential" slice of late noir
19 June 2001 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

The strongest impression left by director/star Allen Baron's 1961 Blast of Silence is that the fabulous postwar years are gone, fini, kaput. The gritty 60s have arrived, and Manhattan is grimy, garish and awash in human as well as inanimate litter -- the 60s in which transvestite hookers started knifing U.N. diplomats in Times Square. Into this nascent cesspool travels tired hitman Frankie Bono; he comes by train, through a dark and endless tunnel which seems to symbolize either the birth canal or the human condition -- or both. He's a full-time loner (like Vince Edwards in the somewhat similar Murder by Contract) out to do a job, collect and move on. But he happens upon some old acquaintances from his childhood in an orphanage and succumbs, clumsily, to some human contact. This proves his undoing. The ending takes place in a desolate shore not unlike the Staten Island locations of Sorry, Wrong Number. Blast of Silence is amateurish and "personal," in the style of the John Cassavettes films that would soon follow -- products of that edgy, verbal New York culture of jazz boites and improvisational theater. It's no masterpiece, but it's worth seeing for anyone tracking the turns the noir cycle took in its last, dying years.


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