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Victor Mature belies his rep as one of the Hollywood star system's bad jokes with his intense performance as Nick Bianco, a career criminal driven to turn squealer. Nick's motivation is family values: although he had gone to Sing Sing (yes, they filmed there, too) as a stand-up guy, "the boys" failed to take care of his wife and daughters as promised, with devastating results. Despite the best efforts of an assistant D.A. (Brian Donlevy), Nick is forced to lay everything on the line to rescue his family's future. The movie abounds in evocative texture, thanks to the no-frills excellence of Norbert Brodine's camerawork and an exemplary supporting cast including Millard Mitchell (as a sardonic police detective), Karl Malden (another D.A.), and Taylor Holmes (a flannel-mouthed Mob shyster). Kiss of Death was remade twice, as a Western titled The Fiend That Walked the West and as a straight thriller again in the '90s. --Richard T. Jameson
Richard Widmark's maniacal laugh still makes me cringe. Great moviePublished 7 days ago by bill wagner
Good Noir movie with great acting from Victor Mature and Brian Donlevy.Published 4 months ago by ChevelleSSGuy
An old time classic. At the time when Richard Widmark pushed the mother in the wheelchair down a flight of stairs it was considered the most violent scene in the movies at the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Richard T.