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.


BUS STOP
1956, 20th Century Fox, 96 min, USA, Dir: Joshua Logan

Marilyn Monroe stunned critics and fans alike with her heartbreakingly tender performance as a truck-stop singer who falls in love with naive young cowpoke Don Murray, in this beautiful, bittersweet drama based on the William Inge play. With Betty Field, Arthur O’Connell.


HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE
1953, 20th Century Fox, 95 min, USA, Dir: Jean Negulesco

HOW TO MARRY was actually the first feature shot in CinemaScope by 20th Century Fox, but it was released after THE ROBE in 1953. Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall learn the price of true love in this hilariously mercenary musical comedy, scripted and produced by Nunnally Johnson. Watch for mild-mannered boyfriend David Wayne (who made four films with Monroe, more than any other actor), and listen for the sparkling score arranged by Alfred Newman.


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