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Blast of Silence (1961)

 -  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 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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April 1961 (USA)  »

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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 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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The MPAA seal appears on the bottom right corner of the Universal-International logo instead of its usual place in the credits. See more »


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Torrid Town
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Performed by Dean Sheldon
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Chilly But Effective
26 April 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw this one a few weeks back on the big screen at the American Cinematheque and it has stayed w/ me. Baron was about as short and homely as leading men get but somehow in this bleak and uncompromising piece he's effective (particularly in voice-over). Some striking cinematography (especially the wonderful opening train sequence) and a few long takes (Baron walking an entire rundown city block of a sidewalk with no other business, the stirring snowy pier finale) are memorable. Also good is the sleazy fat bearded character actor whose name escapes me (he also appeared in Fuller's SHOCK CORRIDOR around the same time).

There isn't a lot of humanity in BOS though, and the one moment when Baron opens up to the girl he has befriended, he gets slapped hard with cold reality. A well done scene but it only piles on to the disaffection and malaise already permeating this movie. Don't expect to laugh much or take a date; the proceedings rarely stray from deadly serious. This is a movie full of lapsed morals and betrayal but you can take heart that the system remains firmly in control at the chilling end of this downbeat but solid late entry in the noir cycle.


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