IMDb > Blast of Silence (1961)
Blast of Silence
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Blast of Silence (1961) More at IMDbPro »


User Rating:
7.7/10   2,379 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 3% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Allen Baron (screenplay)
Waldo Salt (narration written by)
View company contact information for Blast of Silence on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
April 1961 (USA) See more »
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 »
Plot Keywords:
User Reviews:
Lost Classic Hardboiled Noir! See more (47 total) »


  (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

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
77 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
[first lines]
Bellhop:Nice view we have here.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Torrid TownSee more »


I may have missed the credit for this, but I believe the voice-over narration is by Lionel Stander.
See more »
30 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Lost Classic Hardboiled Noir!, 30 December 2001
Author: noir guy from London, England

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.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (47 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Blast of Silence (1961)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Your annual unusual Christmas/anti-Christ mas movies Bowgart
Narration red_stripes_19
Unique Kinomachtfrei
Great film score sherlock-37
The Silencer wasn't straight-please COMMENT sassi-katt
Defines the noir genre johne23
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Mr. & Mrs. Smith The Ghost Strangers on a Train Munich Toto the Hero
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Crime section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.