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Kiss of Death (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | September 1947 (USA)
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With his law-breaking lifestyle in the past, an ex-con, along with his family, attempt to start a new life, knowing a betrayed someone from the past is bound to see otherwise.

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Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Ben Hecht (screenplay), Charles Lederer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor Mature ... Nick Bianco
Brian Donlevy ... Assistant D.A. Louis D'Angelo
Coleen Gray ... Nettie
Richard Widmark ... Tommy Udo
Taylor Holmes ... Earl Howser--Attorney
Howard Smith ... Warden
Karl Malden ... Sgt. William Cullen
Anthony Ross ... 'Big Ed' Williams
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Storyline

Small-time crook Nick Bianco gets caught in a jewel heist and despite urgings from well-meaning district attorney D'Angelo, refuses to rat on his partners and goes to jail, assured that his wife and children will be taken care of. Learning that his depressed wife has killed herself, Nick informs on his ex-pals and is paroled. Nick remarries, gets a job and begins leading a happy life when he learns one of the men he informed on, psychopathic killer Tommy Udo, has been released from custody and is out for revenge against Nick and his family. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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From her lips there is no escape! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stoolpigeon See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,520,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

James Cagney was originally signed to play "Nick Bianco", which eventually went to Victor Mature. See more »

Goofs

While talking to convict Nick Bianco (Victor Mature) the Prison's Warden (Howard Smith) calls him "D'Angelo" ; which was the name of the Assistant District Attorney (Brian Donlevy). See more »

Quotes

Nettie: Nick Bianco hadn't worked for a year. He had a record - a prison record. They say it shouldn't count against you but when Nick tried to get a job the same thing always happened: "Very sorry." No prejudice, of course, but no job either. So this is how Nick went Christmas shopping for his kids.
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Alternate Versions

For the theatrical release in Manitoba, the shot of the woman in the wheelchair going down the staircase had to be shortened. See more »

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References The Love Parade (1929) See more »

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Music by Alfred Newman
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Psychopathic killer stalks jewel thief who informed on him.
26 June 2001 | by jjpontaSee all my reviews

Arrested fleeing from his latest jewel holdup, Victor Mature won't talk to the DA so he takes the rap himself and goes up the river, confident the mob's lawyer will take care of his family. Tragedy soon strikes and Mature must rat out a mob hit man to get out of jail for the sake of his two children. Richard Widmark makes his film debut as the psychopathic killer on Mature's trail. The scene where he pushes an elderly, wheelchair-bound woman down a flight of stairs is just as shocking today as it was in 1947. Filmed on location in New York this gritty thriller is a must see!


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