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The Killers (1946) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Robert Siodmak and produced by Mark Hellinger.

The Killers was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2008.

Academy Awards 1946 --- Ceremony Number 19 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best DirectorRobert SiodmakNominated
Best Film EditingArthur HiltonNominated
Best Music - ScoringMiklos RozsaNominated
Best WritingAnthony VeillerNominated
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reblog: Don Siegel’s The Killers

By John Grant on Sep 10, 2019 From Noirish

***A tremendous account by J.D. Lafrance of Don Siegel?s classic hardboiled movie. Wonders in the Dark By J.D. Lafrance The first feature-length adaptation of Ernest Hemingway?s short story, ?The Killers? was directed by Robert Siodmak in 1946 and featured a young Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner... Read full article


The Killers (1964)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 13, 2018 From 4 Star Films

After an opening to rival the original film noir The Killers (1946), though nowhere near as atmospheric, Don Siegel’s The Killers asserts itself as a real rough and tumble operation with surprisingly?frank violence.?However, it might be expected from such a veteran action director on his way t... Read full article


The Killers (1964)

By Beatrice on Feb 16, 2018 From Flickers in Time

The Killers Directed by Don Siegel Written by Gene L. Coon from a story by Ernest Hemingway 1964/USA Revue Studios First viewing/Netflix rental This remake is not bad but had me longing for the 1946 version. Hit men Charlie (Lee Marvin) and Lee (Clu Gulager) arrive at a school for the blind to ... Read full article


Kitty, Big Jim, and The Killers...

By Paul on May 21, 2016 From Reel Distracted

Kitty, Big Jim, and The Killers... 5/21/2016 0 Comments Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.- Ernest Hemingway If owning the best dialogue... Read full article


Day 11 of Noirvember: Top 5 Things I Love About The Killers (1946)

By shadowsandsatin on Nov 11, 2015 From Shadows and Satin

Based in part on a short story by Ernest Hemingway, The Killers is about a former boxer known as ?The Swede? (Burt Lancaster) who is murdered by two hitmen because, in his words, he ?did something once.? The rest of the film shows the efforts of an insurance investigator to unearth the circumstances... Read full article


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Quotes from

Big Jim Colfax: If there's one thing in this world I hate, it's a double-crossing dame.


Jail ward doctor: [speaking about the fatally wounded Blinky] Beats me. I don't know what keeps him going.
Jim Reardon: Will he be able to talk anymore?
Jail ward doctor: He's dead now - except he's breathing!


[after Reardon has wrapped up the investigation, Kenyon congratulates him]
R.S. Kenyon: Owing to your splendid efforts the basic rate of The Atlantic Casualty Company - as of 1947 - will probably drop one-tenth of a cent.
[he shakes Reardon's hand]
R.S. Kenyon: Congratulations, Mr. Reardon.
Jim Reardon: I'd rather have a night's sleep.
R.S. Kenyon: Why don't you take a good rest. I must say you've earned it.
[Reardon starts to leave]
R.S. Kenyon: This is Friday... don't come in 'til Monday.
Jim Reardon: Thanks.


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Facts about

"Screen Directors' Playhouse" did a radio adaptation of the story in 1949 with Burt Lancaster reprising his role as Swede. It was introduced by director Robert Siodmak and featured Shelley Winters as Kitty.
The film opened in New York at the Winter Garden Theatre on August 28, 1946. The first day, $10,341 was taken in at the box office, beating a previous house record by $3000.
Although Burt Lancaster's character name is pronounced "Anderson," it is properly spelled (as in Hemingway's original story) as "Andreson".
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