THE ASPHALT JUNGLE
1950, Warner Brothers, 112 min, Dir: John Huston

The kingpin of caper films, featuring one of the best ensemble casts ever. Director John Huston's neo-realist adaptation of W. R. Burnett’s novel examines the ambitions of small-time hoods and brought a new level of empathy and authenticity to crime - that "left-handed form of human endeavor." Famous as the film that introduced Marilyn Monroe, THE ASPHALT JUNGLE deserves renewed recognition as a crucial work of noir Americana. With Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, James Whitmore and Jean Hagen.


HIGH CRIME
LA POLIZIA INCRIMINA LA LEGGE ASSOLVE
1973, Ambassador, 100 min, Italy, Dir: Enzo G. Castellari

Cop Franco Nero, frustrated with superior James Whitmore's slow accumulation of evidence, goes after a drug ring, confronting mob boss Fernando Rey and rich importer Silvano Tranquilli. As Nero steps on more toes, people die, and now his girlfriend and daughter are in harm's way. Unrelenting and unforgiving, one of the best collaborations between Nero and Enzo G. Castellari (director of the original INGLORIOUS BASTARDS).


UNDERCOVER MAN
1949, Sony Repertory, 85 min, USA, Dir: Joseph H. Lewis

Film noir master Joseph H. Lewis (GUN CRAZY) directs a stellar cast that includes Glenn Ford, Nina Foch and James Whitmore (in his movie debut). The story, loosely based on the exploits of Al Capone, follows a mob kingpin being hunted by feds looking to convict him on tax-evasion charges.


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