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Blast of Silence (1961)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Thriller, Drama  |  April 1961 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview:
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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Storyline

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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Crime | Thriller | Drama

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April 1961 (USA)  »

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Baby Boy Frankie  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Frankie is preparing his .38, he removes the bullet from one of the cartridges, empties the powder and places it in the gun. He then "fires" the round and opens the cylinder to show the mark the firing pin has made on the end of the cartridge. Since this was an unfired round, there would have been a visible flash from the muzzle of the gun, if not a substantial report. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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Crazy Credits

Milda Memenas is listed in the end credits as playing "Troiano's Girl Freind" [sic]. See more »

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Lost Classic Hardboiled Noir!
30 December 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Someone resurrect this 'lost classic' hardboiled noir! Director/Writer/Lead Actor Allen Baron (whose subsequent career took him into TV-land with the likes of CHARLIE'S ANGELS) turned out this bleak film noir in 1961, and it must surely rate as one of the all-time genre downers (and that's intended as a compliment!). Similar in tone to Irving Lerner's earlier MURDER BY CONTRACT (another must-see!), this features a protracted, yet stunningly appropriate, opening tracking shot through a railway tunnel as an early morning train spits Ohio-based contract assassin Frankie Bono (Baron) out into a wintry New York to carry out a Christmas holiday hit on a second-tier racketeer but, as in MURDER BY CONTRACT, all the meticulous planning and methodical preparation becomes unravelled as fate and his malevolent (and often unseen) criminal fraternity deal Frankie a crueller hand than the one he'd planned for his unsuspecting quarry. OK, nothing new here, but the tone, something like a cross between the cruel randomness of a Cornell Woolrich story (read this guy!) mated with an existentialist and angst-ridden take on the 'We're born in pain, We die alone' school of genre filmmaking, means that you'd need to take in a couple of Abel Ferrara movies like THE DRILLER KILLER and BAD LIEUTENANT to get your jollies after watching this one. Oh yeah, and it's topped off by a pitiless world-weary hardboiled third-person narration which ratchets up the ominous atmospherics that all the doomy foreshadowing brings to this dance of death (example - when Bono tracks his would-be victim to The Village Gate, the jazzy soundtrack switches to a beatnik vocalist/conga-drummer whose set consists solely of death-themed numbers). Atmospheric lengthy takes, often featuring a behatted and raincoated (or alternately dark-suited) Bono stalking the mean streets of the Big Apple dwarfed by the concrete jungle cityscape evoke and prefigure both Marvin in POINT BLANK and Delon in Melville's LE SAMOURAI, and his ruthlessly downbeat demeanour also recalls Henry Silva in the similarly ruthless (and elusive) JOHNNY COOL (see my IMDB review for more on this one - shameless plug!). This may be (by now) an oft-told tale, but what we have here is a true low-budget one-off for fans of the lower depths, and there's even a sweaty, weighty (excuse the pun) and telling cameo from Larry Tucker (Pagliacci in Fuller's 'SHOCK CORRIDOR') for cultists to take in amongst the no-name cast. A must-see - if you get a chance to see it.


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