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   2,607 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 1% 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:
Baby Boy Frankie Bono See more (48 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: 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.
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 »
13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Baby Boy Frankie Bono, 18 May 2007
Author: chamcha from United Kingdom

Blast of Silence is a short tense jewel of the genre. The story of a lonesome hitter coming back to NY on Christmas Eve to perform yet another job. Except this time, with NY, there comes back a whole lot of personal moments too. I won't unveil the plot, it's actually very simple and straightforward, and that's precisely why I'm amazed the whole thing just works so smoothly -indeed chillingly. No need for double crossing, double minded gangsters: those unnecessary decoys uninspired directors use to try to spice up their movie and gain 5 minutes!! Here you know the guys are going to play by the rules i.e. bad and simple!

And the suspense is kept at an incredible level just by the sheer darkness of the atmosphere and obviously by the decadent streets of NY which is shown in a very tough manner.

Baron plays Bono and although not an actor, he gives a credible performance. Maybe because he doesn't really have to talk so much. Most of his thoughts are narrated by a great voice over (Lionel Stander -he was cut off from the cast due to McCcarthysm). Note Larry Tucker's cool performance who would go on to win a Golden Globe for Shock Corridor.

Just for the quote because it hit me as an instant cult quote: "Baby Boy Frankie Bono". I'll admit nothing incredible in that, but listen to Standler say it and you'll understand!!

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (48 total) »

Message Boards

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


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Mr. & Mrs. Smith The Ghost Writer 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.