THE BEDFORD INCIDENT
1965, Sony Repertory, 102 min, Dir: James B. Harris

Longtime Kubrick producer James B. Harris made his directorial debut with this cautionary Cold War tale. Richard Widmark stars as the captain of the destroyer USS Bedford, which has located a Soviet submarine off the coast of Greenland. Though not at war, the captain insists on baiting the sub, to the increasing concern of his crew and visiting photojournalist Sidney Poitier.


NIGHT AND THE CITY
1950, 20th Century Fox, 96 min, UK/USA, Dir: Jules Dassin

One of the most baroque and bleak film noirs of them all, its greatness - besides Richard Widmark's devastating portrayal of the maniacal, pathetic con man and small-time promoter Harry Fabian - is its stubborn refusal to allow even the tiniest ray of light into Harry's headlong descent into hell. Featuring an unforgettable supporting rogue's gallery, including Googie Withers, Herbert Lom, Francis L. Sullivan, Mike Mazurki, Stanislaus Zbyszko - and the gorgeous Gene Tierney (LAURA). With a screenplay by Jo Eisinger from the novel by Gerald Kersh.


ROLLERCOASTER
1977, Universal, 119 min, USA, Dir: James Goldstone

If you’ve ever heard rails creak beneath you on an amusement park ride, you can appreciate the potential for disaster on a rollercoaster; throw a mad bomber into the mix and the excitement is non-stop! One of two features penned by prolific TV writer-producers Richard Levinson and William Link, ROLLERCOASTER stars George Segal as a chain-smoking ride inspector who goes up against psychopathic extortionist Timothy Bottoms. Henry Fonda and Richard Widmark lend support in this underrated suspense thriller, which includes the big-screen debuts of Helen Hunt and Steve Guttenberg, as well as a performance by cult rockers Sparks.


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