The Asphalt Jungle

Noir Fest 3: FRI, FEB 7 | TUE, FEB 11 2020

Hot out of prison, career criminal Doc Riedenschneider (Sam Jaffe) has a penchant for ladies and longs for the thrill of a heist. Not one for reformation, he masterminds an elaborate robbery, securing the promise of financial backing from corrupt lawyer and married playboy, Emmerich (Louis Calhern). Doc recruits specialized criminals from the bowels of a familiar bookie joint, but still needs his “heavy”—and identifies a kindred spirit in wild card Dix Handley (Sterling Hayden). Former farm boy Dix isn’t the commitment type, but Doc’s enthusiasm inspires him to action. The team absorb Doc’s plan as if it were their path to salvation from a society as spiritually bankrupt as they feel. But even the best-laid schemes of heists go awry as co-conspirators are apt to betray, and alarms are wired for sound.

Featuring Marilyn Monroe in her breakout role.

Fri, Feb 7 at 7pm: Introduction from Chris Clark, retired WTVF/NewsChannel 5 lead news anchor.