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3 things about Samuel Fuller’s FORTY GUNS

Forty Guns [1957] 1. Dumping the corpse out the second floor window. 2. She asks, “What have you heard about me?” He guffaws; she returns the guffaw, pauses, and then says, “Gentlemen, would you excuse us?” The room very slowly … Continue reading

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3 things about Mitchell Leisen’s NO MAN OF HER OWN

No Man of Her Own [1950] 1. Has Barbara Stanwyck ever looked so exhausted on film? 2. A few seconds after she slips the ring on her finger, her reflection in the mirror shatters. 3. The telegram reads: WHO ARE … Continue reading

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3 things about Edward Dmytryk’s WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

Walk on the Wild Side [1962] 1. “Imagine, an innocent person walking–” “And of course you make your living by walking.” 2. The way she lights her cigarette with infinite laziness and then disdainfully throws away the match. 3. He … Continue reading

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3 things about Howard Bretherton and William Keighley’s LADIES THEY TALK ABOUT

Ladies They Talk About [1933] 1. “For a dumb dick you’ve got a memory like an elephant.” 2. A fascinating scene where a black woman backtalks to an older white woman, without any real reprisal. And the penitentiary is integrated! … Continue reading

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3 things about William Wellman’s NIGHT NURSE

Night Nurse [1931] 1. Chewing gum during the recitation of the oath. 2. “I’m a dipsomaniac and I’m proud of it! You hear? I’m a dipsomaniac and I like it!” 3. An offscreen murder, and everyone lives happily every after. … Continue reading

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3 things about Anatole Litvak’s SORRY, WRONG NUMBER

Sorry, Wrong Number [1948] 1. The scheme is first hatched in Cicero. Nothing ever good starts in Cicero. 2. “I believe that’s all. If you’ll be so good as to read it back to me.” “Read it back to you? … Continue reading

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3 things about Mervyn LeRoy’s EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE

East Side, West Side [1949] 1. The el rumbling outside your apartment is a signifier of a working class existence. 2. “I’m in business, are you in business?” 3. Brawling in the front seat of the car with a blonde … Continue reading

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3 things about Howard Hawks’ BALL OF FIRE

Ball of Fire [1941] 1. “Excuse me. What does ‘boogie’ mean?” 2. 9 becomes 6. 3. The same portrait as in Remember the Night.

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3 things about Gerd Oswald’s CRIME OF PASSION

Crime of Passion [1957] 1. She fingers the lapel of his coat and says, “Tell me Bill, how many elbows have you had poked in your eye?” 2. As she waits anxiously in the booth for Bill to join her, … Continue reading

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