Tag Archives: Robert Ryan

3 things about Robert Wise’s THE SET-UP

The Set-Up [1949] 1. She pauses at the threshold of the arena. The crowd roars. She turns away–she can’t go in. 2. “Hey, Stokes! Where’s your wheelchair?” 3. His shirtsleeves sticking out of his sport coat.

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Unproduced disaster film.

A dream last night. It was an all-star cast which included Mary Tyler Moore, Nancy Walker, James Mason, and Robert Ryan. The premise: it’s four weeks before Christmas and the Grand Opening Day of a new, state-of-the-art shopping mall. One … Continue reading

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3 things about Fred Zinnemann’s ACT OF VIOLENCE

Act of Violence [1948] 1. The slow scrape of his shoe on the sidewalk. 2. She cradles the bottle of milk, nervously massaging it. 3. Alongside the train tracks they approach one another, like a shootout in a western.

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3 things about LAWMAN

Lawman [1971] 1. A very ugly foot. 2. A skull which has been turned into a clock–the brothel owner sticks a key in the back to wind it up. 3. A stream of blood spurs out underneath his chin and … Continue reading

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3 Things

Billy Budd [1962] 1. He prepares to count to eleven, then catches himself. 2. “We do not deal with justice here, but with the law.” 3. The Dansker takes the oath using his own Bible.

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3 things about Fritz Lang’s CLASH BY NIGHT

Clash by Night [1952] 1. Fish conveyor belt. 2. “Who was he?” he asks, handing her a lit cigarette. She throws it over the railing and answers, “Santa Claus.” She lights her own cigarette. 3. “Don’t get up, it’s too … Continue reading

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3 things about Max Opuls’ CAUGHT

Caught [1949] 1. He places the breakfast tray near the edge of the bed, where it could easily fall off, and then lolls about at her feet. 2. James Mason to Robert Ryan: “Stop clenching your fists at me.” 3. As … Continue reading

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