KISS ME DEADLY
1955, Park Circus/UA, 105 min, USA, Dir: Robert Aldrich

Some critics see it as the apotheosis of noir style and the definitive statement on American paranoia in the Atomic Age. Others see it as screenwriter A.I. Bezzerides’ smirking send-up of author Mickey Spillane’s popular 1950s macho fantasies. Decide for yourself as hard-headed private eye Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) va-va-vooms his way through sunny and sinister Los Angeles in search of “the Great Whatsit.”


THE WINDOW
1949, Warner Bros., 73 min, USA, Dir: Ted Tetzlaff

This unnerving adaptation of Woolrich’s “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” is one of the most suspenseful films ever made. A child (Bobby Driscoll, who earned a special pint-sized Oscar for his performance) witnesses a murder but can’t get anyone to believe him - except the killers, memorably portrayed by Paul Stewart and Ruth Roman. Brilliantly directed by Ted Tetzlaff.


KING CREOLE
1958, Paramount, 116 min, Dir: Michael Curtiz

Director Michael Curtiz (CASABLANCA) directs yet one more of The King’s better films. Although the studio and The Colonel toned things down a bit, this adaptation of Harold Robbins’ bestseller A Stone For Danny Fisher remains surprisingly good. Young New Orleans punk and high school dropout Danny (Elvis) quits his busboy job and wrangles his way into performing a song in front of a club’s duly-stunned patrons. Before long, he is in demand and being pressured by mobster club owner Maxie Fields (Walter Matthau) to sign an exclusive contract. Elvis once again receives grand support from such pros as Carolyn Jones, Dolores Hart (his leading lady in LOVING YOU and a future real-life nun!), Dean Jagger, Vic Morrow and Paul Stewart. Songs include the title ditty as well as "Hard Headed Woman," "Trouble" and more!


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