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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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3 things about Robert Parrish’s THE MOB

The Mob [1951] 1. John Marley as a union racketeer. 2. White wine and beer. 3. Bizarre ending in which our hero passionately kisses another man’s wife while the husband and his own girlfriend watch approvingly.

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3 things about Jacques Tourneur’s NIGHTFALL

Nightfall [1956] 1. Sock stretchers. 2. Fleeing in a ball gown. 3. An imprint in the snow where the satchel used to be.

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3 things about John Dahl’s THE LAST SEDUCTION

The Last Seduction [1994] 1. “Just go away.” “I haven’t finished charming you.” “You haven’t started.” 2. On top, in control, pounding the roof of the car. 3. Quickly wiping her fingerprints off the can of Mace.

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3 things about John H. Auer’s CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS

City That Never Sleeps [1953] 1. “Come over here,” she says seductively. “I’ve been there,” he replies. 2. Long fter midnight. Mechanical Man performing in a storefront window to an empty street. 3. Beware the third rail.

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3 things about Ida Lupino’s THE HITCH-HIKER

The Hitch-Hiker [1953] 1. A bum eye that never closes. 2. He likes tomato soup. 3. The handcuffs cause him to panic.

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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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