Late '40s Fox saw several attempts to conceal the split in the gangster film between noir expressionism and 'procedural' authenticity, but few as bizarre as this. Mature is the stool-pigeon torn apart by two kinds of family loyalty: the Mob and the Missus. Widmark debuts as a psycho hood with an unforgettable chuckle and a nice line in helping wheelchair-ridden old ladies down stairs. Of its period, of course, but extraordinarily modern too: nighttime New York peopled only by daylight's misfits (à la The Warriors); and when Mature's wife kills herself, a neighbour happily takes her place.
Kiss of Death
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Ben Hecht, Charles Lederer|