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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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By Dan Day, Jr. on Oct 22, 2023 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

In the mid-1960s, American actor Nick Adams went to Japan and appeared in three films for Toho Studios. Two of those films, FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD and INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER are well-known among movie geeks. The third, THE KILLING BOTTLE, is basically forgotten due to the fact that it ha... Read full article

The Last Hunt (1956) and The Killing Fields

By 4 Star Film Fan on Mar 17, 2022 From 4 Star Films

The Last Hunt considers an era that is no more. Once America?s Great Plains ran rampant with herds of bison numbering up to 60,000,000 based on the estimation of this movie. The initial premise of Richard Brooks? western intrigues for the sole fact that this is a slice of history that doesn’t ... Read full article

Day 14 of Noirvember: Sherry Peatty in The Killing (1956)

By shadowsandsatin on Nov 14, 2021 From Shadows and Satin

Today?s Noirvember post shines the spotlight on a dame who?s not very nice, and that?s putting it mildly: Sherry Peatty in The Killing (1956). WHAT?S THE KILLING ABOUT? Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden), recently released from prison, marshals a motley crew of men to carry out an intricately designed ra... Read full article

YouTube Noir ? Noirvember Day 3: The Killing (1956)

By shadowsandsatin on Nov 3, 2020 From Shadows and Satin

I cannot count the number of times I have seen today?s YouTube pick for Noirvember: The Killing (1956). It’s one of my favorite all-time movies ? I?ve seen it twice on the big screen, and I own it on both VHS and DVD. It?s one of the earliest (and best, in my opinion) films directed by Stanle... Read full article

“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

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Quotes from

[last lines]
Fay: Johnny, you've got to run!
Johnny Clay: Eh, what's the difference?

Johnny Clay: You like money. You've got a great big dollar sign there where most women have a heart.

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.

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Facts about

As Johnny leaves the store after buying a suitcase, advertised on the wall just beyond his car is a burlesque show featuring Lenny Bruce.
Rodney Dangerfield reportedly appears as an extra in the racetrack fight scene.
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.
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