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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Vinnie Rapallo
Jamie Smith ... Davey Gordon
Irene Kane ... Gloria Price
Jerry Jarrett ... Albert
Mike Dana ... Gangster
... Gangster
Shaun O'Brien ... Landlord
Barbara Brand ... Taxi Dance Lady
David Vaughan ... Conventioneer #1
Alec Rubin ... Conventioneer #2
... Bouncer #1
Phil Stevenson ... Bouncer #2
Arthur Feldman ... Policeman #1
Bill Funaro ... Taxi Driver
Skippy Adelman ... Mannequin Factory Owner
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Prize-fighter Davy 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 Davy, but they instead kill his friend. Gloria is soon kidnapped by Raphello and his men, and it is up to Davy to save her. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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$75,000 (estimated)
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Unable to record the film's dialogue on-set due to technical problems, Stanley Kubrick was forced to post-sync all of this film's dialogue and sound effects. Veteran soundman Nathan Boxer was hired to record sound. However, after his boom mike and pole created many shadows, the inexperienced Kubrick was forced to fire him and his sound crew. Irene Kane was unavailable to add her dialogue later, so radio actress Peggy Lobbin voiced her role. See more »

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When Dave is reading the letter on the subway, the narration of the letter obviously very different from what is written on the page. See more »

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Vincent Rapallo: If only you could know how low and worthless I feel.
Gloria Price: I didn't even know you had any feelings.
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A Sneak Peek At Things To Come
12 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

A young Stanley Kubrick's bare-budget film - perhaps his first "mainline" movie - shows him still in the minor leagues but very close to making it to the Major Leagues. In fact, he did so the following year with "The Killing," a film noir that still ranks among the best. At any rate, this is an opportunity to see Kubrick at work right before he "makes it" in the business.

With an almost-nothing budget you aren't going to draw too many professional actors, and that certainly was the case here, but still is worth watching. It's definitely a "B" noir that is more melodrama than crime until the ending when it gets very, very suspenseful featuring a chase over New York City rooftops and then into abandoned warehouses.

Jamie Smith and Irene Kane are the stars and if you've never heard of them, it's probably because they weren't exactly Humphey Bogart and Bette Davis, acting-wise. The other star, Frank Silvera, at least is a name I recognized.

Overall, the best feature may be the camera-work. It gives us a preview of the visual talents that Kubrick would bring to the big screen in following decade. On its own merits, if you are a film noir fan, you'll want this in your collection.


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