THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN
1971, Universal, 131 min, USA, Dir: Robert Wise

This sci-fi thriller (adapted from Michael Crichton’s breakthrough novel) stars Arthur Hill, James Olson, Kate Reid and David Wayne as scientists racing to stop a deadly microorganism brought to Earth on a satellite. Special effects by Douglas Trumbull.


M (1951)
1951, Superior Pictures, 91 min, USA, Dir: Joseph Losey

The American version of Fritz Lang’s 1931 classic, about a child murderer simultaneously hunted by police and criminals, trades Berlin’s streets for those of L.A.’s Bunker Hill circa 1950. David Wayne gives a heart-rending performance as the killer, supported by a veritable character actor’s Hall of Fame: Howard Da Silva, Luther Adler, Steve Brodie, Raymond Burr, Norman Lloyd, Walter Burke and Jim Backus. Featuring a nerve-wracking and brilliantly filmed climax inside the famed Bradbury Building!


THE TENDER TRAP
1955, Warner Bros., 111 min, USA, Dir: Charles Walters

Debbie Reynolds stars as the ambitious Julie, who happens upon womanizing theatrical agent and Manhattan socialite Charlie Reader (Frank Sinatra). Celeste Holm is delightful as Reynolds’ prime competition.


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