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Blast of Silence
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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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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: 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:
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FAQ

I may have missed the credit for this, but I believe the voice-over narration is by Lionel Stander.
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29 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Chilly But Effective, 26 April 2003
Author: secragt from United States

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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