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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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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


Kiss of Death (1947)

By Beatrice on Feb 20, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Kiss of Death Directed by Henry Hathaway Written by Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer; story by Eleazar Lipsky 1947/USA Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Repeat viewing/Netflix rental This one is famous as Richard Widmark’s film debut but is a satisfying film noir in all respects. Nick Bia... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: KISS OF DEATH (1947)

By Jennifer Garlen on Jun 10, 2014 From Virtual Virago

Henry Hathaway’s 1947 Fox film noir has much to recommend it, but Kiss of Death is most notable as the shocking debut of Richard Widmark, whose performance as the picture’s chief villain is so gripping that it scored the Hollywood newcomer an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. W... Read full article


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Quotes from

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.


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 wouldn't give you the skin off a grape.


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Facts about

First movie worked on by composer Earle Hagen.
In the beginning montage shots of New York City, a movie theater in Times Square displays a huge ad for Jeanette MacDonald in "The Love Parade." This particular shot was taken at some point from mid-Nov 1929 to Jan 1930, over 17 years before "Kiss of Death" was produced.
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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