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Blast of Silence
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Director:
Writers:
Allen Baron (screenplay)
Waldo Salt (narration written by)
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Release Date:
April 1961 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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One of the final Film Noirs is a super little thriller that works thanks to a very real sense of New York See more (48 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Allen Baron ... Frank Bono
Molly McCarthy ... Lori
Larry Tucker ... Big Ralph
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

Jerry Douglas ... Gangster
Don Saroyan ... Lori's Boy Friend
Dean Sheldon ... Night Club Singer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernest Jackson ... Gangster (uncredited)
Erich Kollmar ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Betty Kovac ... Troiano's Wife (uncredited)
Mel Sponder ... Drummer (uncredited)

Lionel Stander ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Bob Taylor ... Gangster (uncredited)

Directed by
Allen Baron 
 
Writing credits
Allen Baron (screenplay)

Waldo Salt (narration written by) (as Mel Davenport)

Produced by
Merrill S. Brody .... producer
 
Original Music by
Meyer Kupferman 
 
Cinematography by
Merrill S. Brody (director of photography) (as Merrill Brody)
 
Film Editing by
Merrill S. Brody 
Peggy Lawson 
 
Art Direction by
Charles Rosen 
 
Production Management
Joel Mandel .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carole Brody Sheppard .... assistant director (as Carole Brody)
 
Sound Department
Lee Bost .... sound
Al Gramaglia .... sound re-recordist (as Albert Gramaglia)
John Strauss .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Erich Kollmar .... camera operator
Jack Schatz .... assistant camera
 
Music Department
Meyer Kupferman .... conductor
 
Other crew
Elias Jacob .... production assistant
Gary Labby .... graphic artist: titles
Will Sparks .... story consultant
 

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77 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: In Ralph's apartment, when Frank Bono attacks Ralph, his gloves disappear and reappear several times during the struggle.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Bellhop:Nice view we have here.
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Soundtrack:
Dressed in BlackSee more »

FAQ

I may have missed the credit for this, but I believe the voice-over narration is by Lionel Stander.
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
One of the final Film Noirs is a super little thriller that works thanks to a very real sense of New York, 13 June 2008
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

Loner hit-man comes to New York City for a job at Christmas and things begin to happen.

One of the last films made during the heyday of film noir this is a really good little crime drama now out on DVD thanks to Criterion. The tale is told in stark black and white images with such a stunning sense of place-it was filmed all over the city-that you actually feel you're pounding the streets and back alleys of Manhattan.The sense of place is gets the film many points in my book Adding greatly to the film is what should be an odd second person narration, but instead fills in details that the visuals lack. Its a perfect marriage of word and image. Its like listening to really good Chandler and Hammett narrating a story. The film itself is not perfect, there are some technical issues with the sound making it seem dubbed at times, the cast is uneven with some characters coming off as stiff as a result, and one or two twists seem more contrived then natural. Still this is definitely worth a look since its mostly a very real film.

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