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  • Phantom Lady

    Phantom Lady


    'Something was bound to happen when a former Alfred Hitchcock protégée [producer Joan Harrison] and a former director of German films [Robert Siodmak] were teamed on the Universal lot - something severe, unrelenting, drenched in creeping morbidity and doom..' (Bosley Crowther, The New York Times, 1947)

    Brief Synopsis: When her boss (Alan Curtis) is convicted for the murder of his wife, it's a race against time for his loyal secretary (Ella Raines) to save him from the electric chair by…

  • Street Scene

    Street Scene


    'I often think it's a shame that people don't seem able to live together in peace and quiet without making each other miserable..' (Estelle Taylor as Anna Maurrant)

    Brief Synopsis: A portrait of life in a New York tenement block on a blisteringly hot summer night (and the following day), featuring gossip, unhappy marriages, a whiff of adultery, class distinction, racism and murder, all adapted from Elmer Rice's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

    Verdict: Do The Right Thing in a '30's Depression-era America stylee. 'Nuff said!

    Trivia Note: The film debuts of both Beulah Bondi and John Qualen, reprising roles they originated on stage.

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  • In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place


    5 Reasons why this film is a masterpiece:

    1. It's the best film Nicholas Ray ever made; a noir-tinged drama rendered in dark visuals of exhilarating beauty.

    2. It showcases probably the greatest performance of Bogie's career as the short-fused screenwriter Dix Steele, a character he imbues with a neurotic edge that is frightening in its intensity.

    3. This dialogue: 'I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me'.

    4. Gloria Grahame is in it.

    5. It just 'is', OK?!

  • Trouble in Paradise

    Trouble in Paradise


    Here we have a typically sophisticated and fashionable comedy graced by the renowned Lubitsch 'Touch'; a film which wears its amorality as a badge of pride and notable for the quickfire wit and acting skills of Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall as they portray jewel thieves plying their trade across Continental Europe.

    This is a production of such elegance and lightness that we can only weep for an art form seemingly lost forever..