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Killer's Kiss (1955)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 October 1955 (USA)
Ready to catch a train to his hometown, a washed-up boxer tells us about the strange and twisty events that happened to him the past couple of days.

Director:

Stanley Kubrick

Writer:

Stanley Kubrick (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Silvera ... Vinnie Rapallo
Jamie Smith ... Davey Gordon
Irene Kane ... Gloria Price
Jerry Jarrett ... Albert (as Jerry Jarret)
Mike Dana Mike Dana ... Gangster
Felice Orlandi ... Main Gangster
Shaun O'Brien Shaun O'Brien ... Landlord
Barbara Brand Barbara Brand ... Taxi Dance Lady
David Vaughan David Vaughan ... Conventioneer #1
Alec Rubin Alec Rubin ... Conventioneer #2
Ralph Roberts ... Bouncer #1
Phil Stevenson Phil Stevenson ... Bouncer #2
Arthur Feldman Arthur Feldman ... Policeman #1
Bill Funaro Bill Funaro ... Taxi Driver
Skippy Adelman Skippy Adelman ... Mannequin Factory Owner
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Storyline

Prize-fighter Davey Gordon intervenes when private dancer Gloria Price is being attacked by her employer and lover Vincent Raphello. This brings the two together and they get involved with each other, which displeases Raphello. He sends men out to kill Davey, but they instead kill his manager. Gloria is soon kidnapped by Raphello and his men, and it is up to Davey to save her. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Trivia

A film is advertised in Times Square as featuring Tony Curtis. Curtis would later appear in another Stanley Kubrick film, Spartacus (1960). See more »

Goofs

When Davey drops the gun the close up shows Vinnie picking it up. When the shot switches to a longer view he is once again reaching for the Luger. See more »

Quotes

Davy Gordon: Something's happened.
Gloria Price: Yes, I know.
Davy Gordon: Do you know?
Gloria Price: Sure. You kissed me.
Davy Gordon: Is that all?
Gloria Price: That's all I saw, and I was watching all the time.
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Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #10.25 (2013) See more »

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Love Theme from the Song "Once"
by Norman Gimbel and Arden E. Clar (as Arden Clar)
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Interesting early Kubrick
26 July 2004 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Stanley Kubrick's career really took off in 1956, upon the release of his first masterpiece; "The Killing", after which he would go on to make many much loved cinema classics such as "Dr Strangelove", "The Shining" and "A Clockwork Orange", to name a few. This movie is, however, no masterpiece; but that's not to say it's without it's plus points.

First and foremost, this movie is admirable for it's directing, which is excellent. Of course Stanley Kubrick would go on to show himself as a genius behind the camera, and this movie is an early taste of that genius in the directorial department. Secondly, despite the B-grade cast, the acting is not bad at all. It's not marvelous, but considering the cast's accomplishments, previously and after this movie was made, it's better than one would expect.

One of the movie's major flaws, however, is its lack of ideas. There are some nice ideas in the film, such as the part where Gloria tells her story to a backdrop of her sister doing ballet, and the Rear Window style way that the Gloria and Davy meet, but as the film is only 67 minutes long, it felt at times that Kubrick was spending too long on certain sequences, which is a problem if the movie is as short as this one is as it looked as though Kubrick was just dragging things out in order to meet an acceptable running time. That might be so bad in a longer film, but here it's not good.

This movie is a nice, taut little thriller and is definitely recommended to people that want to see some early Kubrick and thereby see how he developed as a filmmaker, but it's not a great film and I don't recommend going into this movie expecting it to be one.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kiss Me, Kill Me See more »

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Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)
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Minotaur Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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