My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

The Killers (1946)

ROBERT SIODMAK

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1946.  Mark Hellinger Productions, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by , from the story by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1946.  

Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner in The Killers.

Ernest Hemingway’s atmospheric, short story, basically a conversation between two bad men, is expanded into a film noir classic by Robert Siodmak. After two hoods kill a boxer who had seen better days (Burt Lancaster in his striking film debut), an insurance man (Edmond O’Brien) sweeps into town looking to find out why he was killed and why he left his policy to a sweet and kindly maid. The investigation leads him to various players in this sad man’s life, including former friends from his pugilist days and a gorgeous femme fatale (‘s breathtaking entrance into stardom as well) who was his ultimate undoing. Siodmak’s steady direction and the terrific writing contribute to a rich, unforgettable experience with all the shadows and dirty diners you want from the genre, a high point in filmmaking that Hemingway himself really enjoyed (he didn’t need a single drink during the screening!)

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