Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kiss of Death (1947)

Kiss of Death (1947) Poster

**** out of 5

"For a nickel I'd grab him and shove both my thumbs in his eyes."

Director Henry Hathaway has successfully nailed the blend of documentary-stylings and exciting noir drama here, with this story of Victor Mature as a crook who's got a good heart but is reluctant to turn stool pigeon on his fellow criminals.  The film has a great cast,  but it is Richard Widmark who owns the film as the giggling, psychopathic killer who Mature must run from after turning stoolie.

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