Kiss of Death (1947 movie)

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Kiss of Death is a 1947 film noir movie written by Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer from a story by Eleazar Lipsky. It was directed by Henry Hathaway. It stars Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Coleen Gray and Richard Widmark.
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Richard Widmark in Kiss of Death

Nick Bianco (Mature) is a small-time thief who gets caught in a jewelery theft. He refuses to inform on his confederates, since they pledge to take care of Nick's wife and family. But when he finds out that his wife has committed suicide, Nick decides to inform. Once he gets out of jail, he is stalked by one of his confederates, the psychopathic Tommy Udo (Widmark).

Kiss of Death was Widmark's first movie, and it made him a star. The scene in which he giggles as he pushes a wheelchair bound old woman down a flight of stairs is memorable.

It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Richard Widmark) and Best Writing, Original Story (Eleazar Lipsky).

Kiss of Death was remade in 1958 as The Fiend Who Walked the West and in 1994 with its original title.

Memorable Quote

Tommy Udo (Richard Widmark): You know what I do to squealers? I let 'em have it in the belly, so they can roll around for a long time thinkin' it over. You're worse than him, tellin' me he's comin' back? Ya lyin' old hag!

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