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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.


Allen Baron


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




Complete credited cast:
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 ... Gangster
Jerry Douglas ... Gangster
Don Saroyan Don Saroyan ... Lori's Boy Friend
Dean Sheldon Dean Sheldon ... Night Club Singer


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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An Unforgettable Experience in Suspense!...As the Seconds Tick Off a Timetable for MURDER! See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #428. See more »


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 »


[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 »


Dressed in Black
Performed by Dean Sheldon
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You can see why Criterion released a clean beautiful version of the street film...
29 April 2011 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Blast of Silence (1961)

In some ways, the filming and the cool grey timbre of this film are so singular and evocative, you really have to watch it. In this way it reminded me of a gritty, New York version of the 1958 Elevator to the Gallows (set in Paris). They both have some of the most beautiful, evocative scenes of people just walking the streets of the city, day and night. In "Blast of Silence" you get taken to several parts of New York, unedited, shot with a simple but elegant intuition for the place. This is a movie by New Yorkers about New York.

But the plot, about a lone killer on his last dubious assignment, is a strain. Beyond the convincing despondency and isolation of the leading actor (Allen Baron, from Brooklyn, who is also the director), the cast struggles to be relevant. The one other shining performance is the gun dealing and rat lover, played by Larry Tucker with a kind of relish for the unsavory dirty aspects of his part. Great stuff.

If you accept that the story isn't much, by itself, and watch it for the scenes of the city, for the impressions of ordinary New Yorkers at the time of Kennedy's election, you will be really wowed. Right from the first shot, the low budget hand held camera on a train in a tunnel, going on and on until finally finding the light of day, to the last scenes in a a light, windy, driven snow in the Meadowlands, it's a thrilling, original ride. The filming has a gritty, everyman quality that seems to come right from art school without the affectation. It really is worth it just for the scenes, and the urban scenery.

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