ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW
1959, Park Circus/MGM, 96 min, USA, Dir: Robert Wise

Bigoted ex-convict Robert Ryan’s mistrust of partner Harry Belafonte undermines the heist plans of their ex-cop leader (Ed Begley) in this searing, underrated crime drama - the first film noir to feature a black protagonist. Great on-location New York ambiance fills every exterior shot. With Shelley Winters and Gloria Grahame, and featuring an atmospheric score by Modern Jazz Quartet pianist John Lewis.


THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN
1964, Warner Bros., 128 min, USA, Dir: Charles Walters

This big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical earned Debbie Reynolds many critical accolades, including an Oscar nomination. When the charming, hard-working hillbilly Brown finds herself vaulted to high society after her husband (Harve Presnell, in his movie debut) strikes it rich, gaining the respect of her new peers proves to be a grand struggle. In the title role, Reynolds plays the legendary woman who, after rising from rags to riches, went on to famously survive the sinking of the Titanic. Includes the songs "I Ain’t Down Yet," "Belly Up to the Bar, Boys" and "He’s My Friend."


DEADLINE U.S.A.
1952, 20th Century Fox, 87 min, USA, Dir: Richard Brooks

Humphrey Bogart is at the top of his form as Ed Hutcheson, a crusading newspaper editor out to expose a gangster while juggling commercial needs with the public interest. A razor-sharp script by veteran Richard Brooks and solid supporting work from Kim Hunter and Ed Begley make this a must-see.


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