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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.



(screenplay), (narration written by) (as Mel Davenport)

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Cast overview:
Allen Baron ...
Molly McCarthy ...
Larry Tucker ...
Peter Clune ...
Troiano (as Peter H. Clune)
Danny Meehan ...
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 ...
Don Saroyan ...
Lori's Boy Friend
Dean Sheldon ...
Night Club Singer


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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April 1961 (USA)  »

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Baby Boy Frankie  »

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The beginning, which shows a train emerging from a tunnel, is what would have been seen in a train *leaving* New York. The train, with its magnificent GG1 electric locomotive, emerges from the tunnel and is seen in Newark's Penn Station. Trains do not burst into the light (an important metaphor in the film) entering New York City, but arrive at dark, underground platforms. However the now-demolished sky lighted departure hall of New York's Penn Station is seen. Trains between Cleveland and New York generally traveled over the New York Central line and arrived at Grand Central Terminal. See more »


In Ralph's apartment, when Frank Bono attacks Ralph, his gloves disappear and reappear several times during the struggle. See more »


[first lines]
Bellhop: Nice view we have here.
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The MPAA seal appears on the bottom right corner of the Universal-International logo instead of its usual place in the credits. See more »


Dressed in Black
Performed by Dean Sheldon
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uncompromising study of a professional hit-man
24 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A hard-boiled, uncompromising study of a professional hit-man, "Baby Boy" Frankie Bono. The beginning of the film is menacing; a pitch-black screen and pounding percussion driving a cynically vicious narrative, "remembering, out of the black silence you were born in pain . . . born with hate and anger built in . . . a slap on the backside to blast out a scream!" A small light becomes visible amidst the black like a moving bulls eye on a target and all of a sudden amidst a crescendo of noise you realize you've been on a train in a tunnel and are now being "blasted" out into the world. But it's like being born into a sewer because this world is seen through the eyes of our killer. Frankie Bono is played by Allen Baron (the director himself) who's appearance and acting style are vintage Robert DeNiro. Frankie has the misfortune to run into a girl for whom he once had affection, and for the first time in his career, he's having 2nd thoughts about his profession, but a killer who doesn't kill gets killed. Frankie's on a one way street that cannot go on forever. Unforgettable film.

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