Damn, but Richard Widmark was awesome. He’s definitely in my top 10 favorite actors of all time. I just saw, for the first time, “Kiss of Death” (1947 d-Henry Hathaway) In it, Widmark plays Johnny Udo, a totally, completely, utterly psychopathic hitman. He plays the role to such black evil prefection that the role made him an instant star. Widmark himself said that it took years for him to exorcise the character from his head.
In the most memorable scene, excerpted below on YOUTUBE, Udo goes to the apartment of a suspected mob squealer, intent on killing him. When it becomes evident that the squealer has split, leaving his invalid mother behind, Udo decides to kill the old lady. Watch his face as he 86es her. TOTAL glee. Man, this is what cinema is all about, folks.
R.I.P. Mister W.