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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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3 things about Jules Dassin’s NIGHT AND THE CITY

Night and the City [1950] 1. “But the wrong things. Always the wrong things.” 2. Bear hug. 3. He closes the office doors and breathes a sign of contentment. A job well done.

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3 things about Phil Karlson’s 99 RIVER STREET

99 River Street [1953] 1. That’s one way to light a cigarette. 2. A visible flap of scarf. 3. She exits the powder room, gets a load of her husband dancing with a strange woman, and without a word walks … Continue reading

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3 things about Phil Karlson’s KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL

Kansas City Confidential [1952] 1. The mask strapped to his sweaty leg. 2. She gauges the situation briefly and says, “Now I’m supposed to be hurt. Maybe even cry.” 3. Another diner named Winky’s.

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3 things about Lawrence Kasdan’s BODY HEAT

Body Heat [1981] 1. Wind chime racket signifies lust. 2. Always two glasses of iced tea. 3. Special order high school yearbook.

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