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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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3 things about Fritz Lang’s HUMAN DESIRE

Human Desire [1954] 1. She undoes the straps of her dress and shows him the bruises. 2. He says he only wants coffee, yet in the kitchen he sits down and eats a full breakfast. 3. “You never knew me. … Continue reading

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3 things about Edward Dmytryk’s MURDER, MY SWEET

Murder, My Sweet [1944] 1. She takes off her glasses and fesses up. 2. While rubbing his arm: “He’s a whiz with a hypo.” 3. In rapid succession, he kisses both daughter and stepmother. 3 other things.

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3 things about Robert Wise’s BORN TO KILL

Born to Kill [1947] 1. He opens the kitchen door, pushing the body out of the way, and leaves. 2. “You’re not a turnip, are you?” 3. She jabs him in the leg with a hatpin.

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3 things about Bob Rafelson’s BLACK WIDOW

Black Widow [1987] 1. “You’re looking a little peaked, dear. Can I buy you a tan?” 2. She removes the luggage tags and burns them. 3. Mary Woronov as a scuba instructor!

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