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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)

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 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

Quotes in Noir: Kiss of Death (1947)

By shadowsandsatin on Jun 23, 2011 From Shadows and Satin

“We’re goin’ right on being pals, you and me. We’re gonna have some fun together. Lots of fun, just like we used to. You got a wife and kids, ain’t ya pal? They’re gonna have some fun, too. I’m gonna enjoy meetin’ your family. Kids like to have fun. We... Read full article

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Quotes from

Tommy Udo: I wouldn't give you the skin off a grape.

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.

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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The background musical theme at the start and finish of the film is Alfred Newman's "Street Scene," which 20th Century-Fox frequently used for dramas set in New York (Newman was one of their house composers).
Originally, Nick (Victor Mature) was supposed to die after he allowed Tommy Udo (Richard Widmark) to shoot him repeatedly, so Udo could be prosecuted for his murder. However, it was decided that it was too depressing to have Nick die, so in the narration by Nick's wife, Nettie, she says that Nick survives.
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.
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Best Supporting Actor Oscar 1947

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Also directed by Henry Hathaway

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Also produced by Fred Kohlmar

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