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Kiss of Death (1947)

Kiss of Death (1947)

Kiss of Death




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This film stars Victor Mature as a cheap crook who is sent up the river for 20 years for robbery. District attorney Brian Donlevy, out of sympathy for Mature's two young daughters, gives him a chance to go free -- if Mature will blow the whistle on his accomplices.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ben Hecht & Charles Lederer, Ben Hecht, Charles Lederer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 6, 2005
20th Century Fox


Victor Mature
as Nick Bianco
Brian Donlevy
as Assistant D.A. Louis...
Richard Widmark
as Tommy Udo
Karl Malden
as Sgt. William Cullen
Taylor Holmes
as Earl Howser
Anthony Ross
as Williams
Millard Mitchell
as Max Schulte
Temple Texas
as Blondie
Jack Smart
as Skeets
Wendell Phillips
as Pep Magone
John Kullers
as Prisoner
Victor Thorley
as Sing Sing Guard
Billy O'Leary
as Policeman
Rollin Bauer
as Sing Sing Guard
Arthur Foran Jr.
as Sing Sing Guard
James Doody
as Sing Sing Guard
William Zuckert
as Sing Sing Guard
Paul Lilly
as City Jail Guard
Herbert Holcombe
as City Jail Guard
Jack Rutherford
as Policeman
George Smith
as Policeman
Pat Malone
as Policeman
Iris Mann
as Congetta
Harry M. Cooke
as Taxi Driver
Richard Taber
as Taxi Driver
Jesse White
as Taxi Driver
Harry Carter
as Detective
Robert Adler
as Detective
Yvonne Rob
as Customer
Harold Crane
as Mr. Moremann
Mel Ruick
as Moremann's Assistant
Lee Sanford
as Chips Cooney
Eda Heinemann
as Mrs. Keller
Mary Jane Morrison
as Mother Superior
Alexander Campbell
as Train Conductor
Harold Gary
as Doorman
Dort Clark
as Man in Car
Arthur Kramer
as Mr. Sulla
Perc Launders
as Lieutenant
Nina Borget
as Cashier
Don Giovanni
as Gangster
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Critic Reviews for Kiss of Death

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

The film is efficient enough, but it's a measure of Hathaway's limitations that it never once fulfills the paranoid delirium built into its subject.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 30, 2011
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

What really sets this noir a combination of Hathaway's deliberate craftsmanship and the small crackerjack ensemble led by Mature and Widmark

Full Review… | August 17, 2010
Cinema Writer

Audience Reviews for Kiss of Death

Widmark is hysterically great and there's some nice cinematography and NY locations - unfortunately the pacing is glacial, the point of view is uncertain and Victor Mature...well he's really dull.

To be fair, this type of docu-noir probably packed a lot more kick in the years before TV took the judicial procedural as its meat and potatoes.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

An all-star cast with a heart-felt story, but it could have done a better job at presenting the story or something, I just felt it could have been better in some way. Still, I think this is a good movie, and very worth seeing.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

This is billed as a film noir, but it plays more as a crime drama. Victor Mature plays Nick Bianco, a robber who agrees to "snitch" on his cohorts in a heist in order to see his young daughters. It's a decent suspense film, but it is most memorable not for the main story but rather for the character of Johnny Udo, a giggling psycho played by Richard Widmark in his first role. What Johnny does to the old lady in the wheelchair is now the stuff of film legend. Widmark steals every scene he's in, which admittedly isn't hard since Victor Mature isn't much of an actor and I found Colleen Gray to be kind of a dull presense. But the film is still a damn sight better than a lot of others I could name.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

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