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Kiss of Death (1947) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Henry Hathaway and produced by Fred Kohlmar.

Academy Awards 1947 --- Ceremony Number 20 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActorRichard WidmarkNominated
Best WritingEleazar LipskyNominated
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YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 27: Kiss of Death (1947)

By shadowsandsatin on Nov 27, 2020 From Shadows and Satin

Kiss of Death (1947) is one of those noirs that I knew about before I saw it. This is the one where Richard Widmark tosses a wheelchair-bound old lady down a flight of stairs. How could you not want to check out a movie with a scene like that? But there?s more to this film than Widmark?s psychopathi... Read full article


Kiss of Death starring Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Coleen Gray, and Richard Widmark in his screen debut

By Stephen Reginald on Jul 21, 2020 From Classic Movie Man

Kiss of Death starring Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Coleen Gray, and Richard Widmark in his screen debut Kiss of Death (1947) is a film noir directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, and Coleen Gray. It marked the screen debut of Richard Widmark; he earned a Best Su... Read full article


Kiss of Death (1995, Barbet Schroeder)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 25, 2016 From The Stop Button

Kiss of Death takes place over four years, has eight to ten significant characters, and runs an hour and forty minutes. It skips ahead three years at the forty-five minute mark. And the last twenty minutes could have their own movie, as David Caruso returns to the city to face Nicolas Cage, who know... Read full article


Kiss of Death (1947)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 4, 2015 From 4 Star Films

Film-Noir gets interesting when the stylized, more formalistic, world of this dark genre begins to seep into the familiar human drama that we as an audience are more used to. Many of us have families. We have jobs so we can provide for our families. ?Or maybe some of us don’t and that makes fo... Read full article


Kiss of Death (1947)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 4, 2015 From 4 Star Films

Film-Noir gets interesting when the stylized, more formalistic?world of this dark genre begins to seep into the familiar human drama that we as an audience are more used to. Many of us have families. We have jobs so we can provide for our families. ?Or maybe some of us don’t and that makes for... Read full article


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Quotes from

Nick Bianco: What happened? You came here to tell me what happened. Why did you change your mind? Scared of hurting me? Look, Nettie... I'm the kind of guy you can't hurt. It doesn't matter.


Tommy Udo: I'm askin' ya, where's that squealin' son of yours?
[weird laugh]
Tommy Udo: You think a squealer can get away from me? Huh?
[crazy laugh]
Tommy Udo: You know what I do to squealers? I let 'em have it in the belly, so they can roll around for a long time thinkin' it over. You're worse than him, tellin' me he's comin' back? Ya lyin' old hag!
[maniacal laugh]


Nettie: Nick Bianco hadn't worked for a year. He had a record - a prison record. They say it shouldn't count against you but when Nick tried to get a job the same thing always happened: "Very sorry." No prejudice, of course, but no job either. So this is how Nick went Christmas shopping for his kids.


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Facts about

Film debut of Jesse White.
Because this was filmed on actual locations, a toilet is visible in Victor Mature's jail cell. The sight of toilets was generally banned in films until Alfred Hitchcock managed to break the taboo with Psycho.
Originally, Patricia Morison played Victor Mature's wife, who is attacked and raped by a gangster who is supposed to be watching out for her while Mature is in prison, and afterwards commits suicide by sticking her head in the kitchen oven and turning on the gas. Both scenes were cut from the original print at the insistence of the censors, who wanted no depiction of either a rape or a suicide, so although Morison's name appears in the credits, she does not appear in the film at all. Mention is made later in the film about Mature's wife's suicide and a now obscure reference is made by Nettie that the unseen gangster Rizzo contributed to the wife's downfall.
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