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MR. SOFT TOUCH
1949, Sony Repertory, 93 min, USA, Dir: Henry Levin, Gordon Douglas

This ultra-rare comedy-noir hybrid features Glenn Ford as a returning WWII vet who knocks over the Frisco nightclub he used to own. When the gangster owners come gunning for him, Ford finds sanctuary by getting arrested for a misdemeanor - only to find himself back in hot water when he’s sprung by a do-gooder social worker (Evelyn Keyes) for the holidays. Directed by Henry Levin and Gordon Douglas, this is one of the oddest combinations we’ve ever seen: romantic comedy, schmaltzy sentiment and hardboiled noir. “In headlong flight he paused … to live a lifetime in 36 thrill-packed hours … with this woman!” Not on DVD!


THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH
1955, 20th Century Fox, 105 min, Dir: Billy Wilder

In this classic comedy from director Billy Wilder, family man Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) finds his faithfulness tested when his wife and kids go on vacation - leaving him alone to consort with the voluptuous, beautiful woman next door (Marilyn Monroe). Features the now-iconic shot of Monroe getting her skirt blown upwards over a blustery sidewalk grate.


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