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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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Baby Boy Frankie Bono See more (47 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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Trivia:
Allen Baron originally offered the role of Frank Bono to Peter Falk as a friend for no pay. Falk seriously considered it, but declined when he was offered a paying gig.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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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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!!

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