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The Killing (1956) was a Crime - Film Noir Film directed by Stanley Kubrick and produced by Alexander Singer and James B. Harris.

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“The Killing” Comes to the Big Screen in Portland!

By Marisa on Mar 17, 2017 From The Timothy Carey Experience

Tonight is opening night for?the Portland edition of I Wake Up Dreaming, the excellent film noir fest curated by Elliot Lavine for nearly thirty years in San Francisco. Seven days and nights of film noir at Cinema 21! I’m thrilled to report that one of the films shown on the fest’s final... Read full article


Ticklish Business Episode 6: The Killing (1956)

on Sep 23, 2016 From Journeys in Classic Film

This week I sit down with Jacob Haller to talk about Stanley Kubrick’s 1956 film noir, The Killing. Send suggestions, questions and comments to ticklishbiz@gmail.com. Feel free to leave me a comment on iTunes and be sure to follow Ticklish Business on Twitter, @Ticklish_Biz. NEXT WEEK: YouR... Read full article


Video of the Week: “The Killing”

By Marisa on Aug 17, 2016 From The Timothy Carey Experience

Kudos to Turner Classic Movies for featuring the great James Edwards in their Summer Under the Stars showcase today, but it looks like they forgot one… Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are co... Read full article


Batman: The Killing Joke (2016, Sam Liu)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 1, 2016 From The Stop Button

There’s a lot to be said about Batman: The Killing Joke, both the comic book and its animated adaptation. It’s another of Alan Moore’s unintentional curses on mainstream comics; listening to his dialogue spoken… it’s clear he was hurrying through the Batman stuff. Or Ke... Read full article


The Killing (1956)

By Beatrice on May 21, 2016 From Flickers in Time

The Killing Directed by Stanley Kubrick Written by Stanley Kubrick and Jim Thompson from a novel by Lionel White 1956/USA Harris-Kubrick Productions Repeat viewing/Amazon Instant Early in his career, Kubrick had it all together. Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) has emerged from five long hard years ... Read full article


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Sherry Peatty: It isn't fair. I never had anybody but you. Not a real husband. Not even a man. Just a bad joke without a punch line.


Johnny Clay: You'd be killing a horse - that's not first degree murder, in fact it's not murder at all, in fact I don't know what it is.


Johnny Clay: Alright sister, that's a mighty pretty head you got on your shoulders. You want to keep it there or start carrying it around in your hands?
Sherry Peatty: Maybe we could compromise and put it on your shoulder. I think that'd be nice, don't you?


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The narration was added at the studio's insistence. Stanley Kubrick hated the idea and thus makes much of the information that the narrator provides false or mistaken.
Director Stanley Kubrick formed a production company with James B. Harris, Harris-Kubrick Pictures, before making this film. Kubrick and Harris bought the rights to the Lionel White pulp novel "The Snatch" for $10,000, but found out that the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association (MPPDA) Code would not allow movies to be made about the kidnapping of children, the premise of White's potboiler. White subsequently swapped the rights to his novel "Clean Break" for "The Snatch" to get them out of the predicament. United Artists had considered buying "Clean Break" as a vehicle for Frank Sinatra. "The Snatch" later was made into The Night of the Following Day in the more permissive 1960s, when the MPPDA Code had been superseded by the ratings system.
Stanley Kubrick initially wrote a script outline. He then asked Jim Thompson to flesh it out with dialog.
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