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3 things about Anthony Mann’s STRANGE IMPERSONATION

Strange Impersonation [1946] 1. No more than 10cc’s. 2. Kindly plastic surgeon. 3. “But I couldn’t have murdered Nora Goodrich! I am Nora Goodrich!”

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3 things about Paul Wendkos’s THE BURGLAR

The Burglar [1957] 1. Two quarters. 2. He pays for his meal and leaves without taking a single bite. 3. “So buy it.”

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3 things about Fritz Lang’s SCARLET STREET

Scarlet Street [1945] 1. He carefully, adroitly slices the liver. 2. “I’ve been out to dinner with him three times this week and now he’s talking about breakfast.” 3. A chair for a nightstand. 3 other things. Possibly my favorite … Continue reading

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3 things about Edward Dmytryk’s CROSSFIRE

Crossfire [1947] 1. “Some of them are named Samuels. Some of them got funnier names.” 2. Empty moonlit patio. 3. “Where were you when he needed you? Maybe you were someplace having beautiful thoughts. Well, I wasn’t. I was in … Continue reading

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3 things about H. Bruce Humberstone’s I WAKE UP SCREAMING

I Wake Up Screaming [1941] 1. “Women are all alike.” “For Pete’s sake, what difference does that make? You’ve got to have them. They’re standard equipment.” 2. Mrs. Botticelli. 3. Incessant use of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (!)

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3 things about Elia Kazan’s PANIC IN THE STREETS

Panic in the Streets [1950] 1. Coffee warehouse chase. 2. Fitch and Blackie take turns cradling Poldi. 3. Irritating, unwanted advice from the neighbor.

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3 things about Arthur Lubin’s IMPACT

Impact [1949] 1. Another sighting of the Brocklebank Apartments. 2. “It’s easier to be tolerant and understanding at 50 than it is to be at 25.” 3. And they moved to Denver and lived happily ever after.

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