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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
Victor Mature is outstanding in this film as well as newcomber Richard Widmark.
When he is able to provide sufficient evidence against mob hitman Tommy Udo (Richard Widmark), a trial is set, but the jury finds Udo innocent.
Very effective direction, beautifully constrasted photography and solid acting make this one an instant classic.
The scene where the woman is pushed down the stairs is justifiably famous.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
as I said before this dvd is like new and perfect: plus I love this movie.Published 3 months ago by Mary Leslie
I am not usually a fan of old horror and this addressed several issues I was researching for my own writing. It's a good resource.Published 8 months ago by RayBlahBlah
I saw this film many years ago, and I LOVED it, I wanted to have a permanent copy of it to show my friends and family.,Published 10 months ago by Dragonlady37