Kiss of Death

It was a killer debut.

Richard Widmark, one of my personal favorites, went on to appear in 60+ films during a long career, but will forever be remembered for this 1947 film noir, his first film.

Playing a sneering, giggling psycho (reportedly modeled after Batman’s #1 villain, The Joker), he shoves an old woman in a wheelchair to her death, and that’s just the start.

While Victor Mature is the star, a thief turned police informant, it’s Widmark’s looney tunes Tommy Udo who steals our attention.

He’s the ultimate wild card, and he shakes, rattles, and rolls every scene he crashes through.

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