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Blast of Silence (1961)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 17 August 1962 (Denmark)
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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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Frank is staying at the Valencia Hotel on St Mark's Place in the Bowery on the lower East Side of New York City. See more »

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In Ralph's apartment, when Frank Bono attacks Ralph, his gloves disappear and reappear several times during the struggle. See more »

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[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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Dressed in Black
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Performed by Dean Sheldon
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Chilly But Effective
26 April 2003 | by secragtSee all my reviews

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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