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3 things about Compton Bennett’s THE SEVENTH VEIL

The Seventh Veil [1945] 1. “If you can’t think anything better, play chromatic scales or a five fingers exercise. But spare me that suburban shopgirl trash!” 2. Hugh McDermott’s murky American accent. 3. Those last two shots nearly ruin the … Continue reading

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3 things about Andrew L. Stone’s CRY TERROR!

Cry Terror! [1958] 1. Thumb hooked into the corner of his mouth, index finger resting near the corner of his eye. Unimpressed with her panic. 2. He casually slaps her in the face with the newspaper and wrests away the … Continue reading

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3 things about Albert Lewin’s PANDORA AND THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman [1951] 1. He discreetly drops poison into his own drink. 2. The sound as the bull’s horn tears his shirt. 3. Glistening drops of water on the piece of canvas she has wrapped around her … Continue reading

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3 things about Henry Levin’s JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH

Journey to the Center of the Earth [1959] 1. Morse code duck. 2. Shirtless Hans. 3. Red lizard, red lava.

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3 things about Mervyn LeRoy’s EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE

East Side, West Side [1949] 1. The el rumbling outside your apartment is a signifier of a working class existence. 2. “I’m in business, are you in business?” 3. Brawling in the front seat of the car with a blonde … Continue reading

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3 things about Robert Wise’s THE DESERT RATS

The Desert Rats [1953] 1. In The Desert Fox, James Mason doesn’t use a German accent. Here he does. And though it sounds right somehow it’s less effective. 2. “I made my usual mistake of being in a pub the … Continue reading

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3 things about Henry Hathaway’s THE DESERT FOX: THE STORY OF ROMMEL

The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel [1951] 1. Only Luther Adler, playing Hitler, attempts a German accent. 2. “My heart, of course, bleeds for you.” 3. A poison that takes three seconds.

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