Pic of the Day: “The Killing” revisited

Today we take another gander at Nikki Arcane (Arane in some quarters), the rather scuzzy assassin for hire who nevertheless loves puppies, from Stanley Kubrick‘s The Killing (1956). This is the first glimpse we get of him in the film, gleefully blasting away at cardboard targets while Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) shields Nikki’s puppy from the barrage.

The Killing

Sterling Hayden – what a guy.  Actor, sailor, writer, raconteur. The sea was his first love. When he died in 1986, he was cremated and his ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay.

One response to “Pic of the Day: “The Killing” revisited

  1. Marisa, I read somewhere that Kubrick actually used Tim’s home in El Monte for a scene in the movie. It was pretty raw looking, but that,s what the script called for I guess. I assumed then that they shot track footage at Santa Anita because if Tim lived in north El Monte as they had a lot of horse owners in that area it would only be twenty minutes to the track from there. You however informed me that Tim lived on Weaver St. which is in South El Monte. I didn’t think there was horse property there then, although it was pretty wide open, not overbuilt at all. I also read recently that the track footage used in the movie was from Bay Meadows. I never should assume until I know for sure. Please set the record straight for me and all of Tim’s many fans. Thanks, Richard


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