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  • The Maltese Falcon
  • The Thing

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  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    ★★★★½

  • Serie Noire

    ★★★½

  • Love with the Proper Stranger

    ★★★½

  • It's Always Fair Weather

    ★★★★

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  • Tokyo Joe

    Tokyo Joe

    ★★★½

    Tokyo Joe, the second Santana Productions film from this set, finds Bogart as ex-Air Force Colonel Joe Barrett, who returns to Japan after the war to see if his bar, Tokyo Joe’s, is still intact. It is, now being run by his friend Ito (Teru Shimada), but Joe discovers that things have changed. A bigger surprise awaits Joe when he finds his wife Trina (Florence Marly), whom he thought died in the war. Joe gets yet another shock when he…

  • Sirocco

    Sirocco

    ★★★½

    Sirocco is undoubtedly the most unappreciated film in this set and possibly the most reviled. As I describe it, you may understand why, yet when you watch the movie, you might just challenge those majority opinions.

    The film begins in 1925 Damascus with a gathering of English and American journalists interviewing Emir Hassan (Onslow Stevens), the Syrian rebel leader seeking to free Syria from French occupation. “You want to know why we Syrians fight the French,” Hassan says. “We fight…

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  • The Narrow Margin

    The Narrow Margin

    ★★★★★

    If you’re a film noir lover and want to convert others, The Narrow Margin may just be the best movie to give them. It contains several noir components, but is also a fine thriller in its own right. LAPD Detective Walter Brown (Charles McGraw) and his partner are assigned to travel to Chicago to escort a mob boss’s widow (Marie Windsor) to appear before a Los Angeles grand jury. Only some people in the criminal underworld aren’t very excited about…

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★★

    I will never, ever stop loving this movie AND being devastated by it.