Ex-Look photographer Stanley Kubrick turned out Killer's Kiss on the proverbial shoestring. Kiss was more than a warm-up for Kubrick's talents, for not only did he co-produce but he directed, photographed and edited the venture from his own screenplay [originally written by Howard O. Sackler] and original story.

Ex-Look photographer Stanley Kubrick turned out Killer’s Kiss on the proverbial shoestring. Kiss was more than a warm-up for Kubrick’s talents, for not only did he co-produce but he directed, photographed and edited the venture from his own screenplay [originally written by Howard O. Sackler] and original story.

Familiar plot of boy-meets-girl finds smalltime fighter Jamie Smith striking up a romance with taxi dancer Irene Kane [voiced by radio actress Peggy Lobbin].

Kubrick’s low-key lensing occasionally catches the flavor of the seamy side of Gotham life. His scenes of tawdry Broadway, gloomy tenements and grotesque brick-and-stone structures that make up Manhattan’s downtown eastside loft district help offset the script’s deficiencies.

Killer's Kiss

Production

Minotaur. Director Stanley Kubrick; Producer Stanley Kubrick, Morris Bousel; Screenplay [Howard O. Sackler, Stanley Kubrick]; Camera Stanley Kubrick; Editor Stanley Kubrick; Music Gerald Fried; Art Director [uncredited]

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1955. Running time: 67 MIN.

With

Frank Silvera Jamie Smith Irene Kane Jerry Jarret Mike Dana Felice Orlands
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