No Man’s Woman (1955)

Directed by Franklin Adreon, written by Don Martin (story), John K. Butler (screenplay) “I ought to give you your diamond ring back.” “Good. I’ll turn it in on a new anchor.” “It is your new anchor.” A successful businessman (John Archer) has been separated from his wife (Marie Windsor) for 2 years and wants to... Continue Reading →

The Killing (1956)

Directed by Stanley Kubrick, written by Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Jim Thompson (dialogue), Lionel White (novel) Stanley Kubrick gave us the greatest science fiction film of all time with 2001: A Space Odyssey. He gave us the greatest war movie ever made with Full Metal Jacket and the unforgettable Gomer Pyle. He created the best apocalyptic... Continue Reading →

Rebecca (1940)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, written by Robert E. Sherwood and Joan Harrison (screenplay), Philip MacDonald and Michael Hogan (adaptation), Daphne Du Maurier (novel) “It wouldn’t make for sanity, would it? Living with the devil…” A rich woman’s traveling companion and servant (Joan Fontaine) meets and falls in love with the fabulously wealthy, recent widower Maxim... Continue Reading →

The Big Combo (1955)

Directed by Joseph H. Lewis, written by Philip Jordan Harboring a secret love for the gorgeous Susan Lowell (Jean Wallace), girlfriend of the ruthless gangster Mr. Brown (Richard Conte), policeman Leonard Diamond (Cornel Wilde) obsessively pursues his unpopular investigation into the gangster as the body count rises. Lee Van Cleef and Earl Holliman offer excellent... Continue Reading →

On Dangerous Ground (1951)

Directed by Nicholas Ray, written by A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay), Gerald Butler (novel) “How do you live with yourself?" “I don’t. I live with other people.” Straight-laced detective Jim Wilson (Robert Ryan) is drowning in a corrupt world, slowly losing his sanity as he physically beats criminal after criminal. Ordered to take a break from the... Continue Reading →

White Heat (1949)

Directed by Raoul Walsh, written by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts (screenplay) “If I turned my back long enough for Big Ed to put a hole in it, there’d be a hole in it.” The film opens with a train heist where multiple victims fall, and as the law closes in, gang boss Cody Jarrett... Continue Reading →

Ace in the Hole (1951)

Directed by Billy Wilder, written by Billy Wilder, Lesser Samuels and Walter Newman “I’m a 250 dollar a week newspaperman. I can be had for 50.” The Ace is a crack reporter (Kirk Douglas) from all the major cities, fired multiple times for being just this side of a hellraiser. The Hole is a mine... Continue Reading →

Laura (1944)

Directed by Otto Preminger, written by Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein and Elizabeth Reinhardt (screenplay), Vera Caspary (novel) “Young woman. Either you have been raised in some incredibly rustic community, where good manners are unknown, or you suffer from the common, feminine delusion that the mere fact of being a woman exempts you from the rules... Continue Reading →

The Asphalt Jungle(1950)

Directed by John Huston, written by Ben Maddow and John Huston (screenplay), W.R. Burnett (novel) “Crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor.” A criminal mastermind is released from prison and makes his way to a bookie where he pitches a new job he’s dreamed up. When the particulars are hammered out, the crew... Continue Reading →

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