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3 things about Robert Wise’s ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW

Odds Against Tomorrow [1959] 1. Thick smoky haze behind the musicians. 2. “Just this once.” 3. The balloon connected to his finger with a string, he dials the number.

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3 things about Robert Aldrich’s KISS ME DEADLY

Kiss Me Deadly [1955] 1. “Look at all the goodies!” 2. “Okay,” he says. Pushes her away firmly. “You’ve made your point.” 3. Wrist burns. 3 other things.

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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 George Marshall’s THE BLUE DAHLIA

The Blue Dahlia [1946] 1. Monkey music. 2. “Am I under suspicion?” “I don’t know. How do you feel about it?” 3. The glow of the glistening street under the nightclub’s enormous neon sign. Fantastic. Not because the convoluted plot … Continue reading

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3 things about Edward Dmytryk’s CROSSFIRE

Crossfire [1947] 1. He’s a former cop from St. Louis. Four years on the East side. 2. Leroy stoops to pick up the pad of paper. The contempt on Montgomery’s face. 3. Incorrect address. 3 other things.

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3 things about Koreyoshi Kurahara’s INTIMIDATION

Intimidation [1960] 1. Beginning and ending with a train. 2. He slips on clear plastic galoshes. 3. Multiple receipts for counterfeit seals.

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3 things about Joseph Losey’s THE PROWLER

The Prowler [1951] 1. A dull library of his voice. 2. In the bedroom of the newlyweds, the sounds of traffic all night long. 3. Primitive generator. 3 other things.

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3 things about Robert Siodmak’s PHANTOM LADY

Phantom Lady [1944] 1. “You like jive? “You bet! I’m a hep kitten!” 2. The court proceedings are depicted using stenographer’s notes. 3. On a cabinet against the wall in his bedroom, a large white sculpture of two hands reaching … Continue reading

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3 things about Joseph H. Lewis’s GUN CRAZY

Gun Crazy [1950] 1. Russ Tamblyn, completely rain-drenched, lying in the street, looking up at the policeman. 2. Thick fog. Splashes. Voices. 3. Wearing a fur coat on a roller coaster. 3 other things.

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3 things about Phil Karlson’s 5 AGAINST THE HOUSE

5 Against the House [1955] 1. Cutting edge parking garage. 2. A $5 bet he’ll never collect. 3. Heavy petting while driving.

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