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Blast of Silence (1961)

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.

Director:

Allen Baron

Writers:

Allen Baron (screenplay), Waldo Salt (narration written by) (as Mel Davenport)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Allen Baron Allen Baron ... Frank Bono
Molly McCarthy Molly McCarthy ... Lori
Larry Tucker Larry Tucker ... Big Ralph
Peter Clune ... Troiano (as Peter H. Clune)
Danny Meehan Danny Meehan ... Petey
Howard Mann Howard Mann ... Body Guard
Charles Creasap Charles Creasap ... Contact Man
Bill DePrato Bill DePrato ... Joe Boniface (as Bill Da Prado)
Milda Memenas Milda Memenas ... Troiano's Girl Freind [sic]
Joe Bubbico Joe Bubbico ... Body Guard
Ruth Kaner Ruth Kaner ... Cleaning Woman
Gil Rogers Gil Rogers ... Gangster
Jerry Douglas ... Gangster
Don Saroyan Don Saroyan ... Lori's Boy Friend
Dean Sheldon Dean Sheldon ... Night Club Singer
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Storyline

Having been 'away' for some time, professional killer Frankie Bono returns to New York to do another job: assassinate some mid-level mobster. Although intending to avoid unnecessary 'contact' while carefully stalking his victim, Bono is recognized by an old fellow from the orphanage, whose calm and unambitious citizen's life and happy marriage contrast heavily with Bono's solitary and haunted existence. Exhausted and distracted, Bono makes another mistake, but his contract is not one to back out of. Written by <armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1962 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Baby Boy Frankie See more »

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Production Co:

Magla Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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When Frankie is preparing his .38, he removes the bullet from one of the cartridges, empties the powder and places it in the gun. He then "fires" the round and opens the cylinder to show the mark the firing pin has made on the end of the cartridge. Since this was an unfired round, there would have been a visible flash from the muzzle of the gun, if not a substantial report. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bellhop: Nice view we have here.
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Crazy Credits

Milda Memenas is listed in the end credits as playing "Troiano's Girl Freind" [sic]. See more »

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Edited into Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 9 (2002) See more »

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Dressed in Black
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Performed by Dean Sheldon
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A bleak, "existential" slice of late noir
19 June 2001 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

The strongest impression left by director/star Allen Baron's 1961 Blast of Silence is that the fabulous postwar years are gone, fini, kaput. The gritty 60s have arrived, and Manhattan is grimy, garish and awash in human as well as inanimate litter -- the 60s in which transvestite hookers started knifing U.N. diplomats in Times Square. Into this nascent cesspool travels tired hitman Frankie Bono; he comes by train, through a dark and endless tunnel which seems to symbolize either the birth canal or the human condition -- or both. He's a full-time loner (like Vince Edwards in the somewhat similar Murder by Contract) out to do a job, collect and move on. But he happens upon some old acquaintances from his childhood in an orphanage and succumbs, clumsily, to some human contact. This proves his undoing. The ending takes place in a desolate shore not unlike the Staten Island locations of Sorry, Wrong Number. Blast of Silence is amateurish and "personal," in the style of the John Cassavettes films that would soon follow -- products of that edgy, verbal New York culture of jazz boites and improvisational theater. It's no masterpiece, but it's worth seeing for anyone tracking the turns the noir cycle took in its last, dying years.


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