Killer's Kiss (1955)|
David Vaughan and Alec Rubin, playing two unnamed "conventioneers" drunkenly confront Davy Gordon, played by Jamie Smith, while he waits on a Times Square street corner. [00:42:00] Playing with him, they take his scarf and run away.
The fact that they are wearing fezzes, lure him into chasing them away from the area and by so doing save him from being killed by gangsters, has been claimed as demonstrating that they are Shriners. The fact that they are wearing fezzes no more makes them Shriners than the checkerboard tiled landing in the gangster's dancehall makes it a masonic hall. At best, this is a masonic obscurity.
The conventioneers are wearing fezzes, one with a dark coloured tassle and the other with a light-coloured tassle. Fezzes were not only worn by Shriners but by members of the Elks and the Order of Moose. There is no other distinguishing marks. The fez has long been a symbol of partying conventioneers and worn by anyone attempting to imitate the playboy image of Egyptian King Farouk I (1920-1965).
Killer's Kiss (1955). Directed by Stanley Kubrick, written by Stanley Kubrick. Frank Silvera, Jamie Smith, Irene Kane, Jerry Jarret, Mike Dana, Felice Orlandi, Shaun O'Brien, Barbara Brand, Skippy Adelman, David Vaughan, Alec Rubin, Ralph Roberts, Phil Stevenson, Arthur Feldman, Bill Funaro. 67 min. USA, Black and White. Mono.