THREE STRANGERS
1946, Warner Bros., 92 min, USA, Dir: Jean Negulesco

The verities of fate are explored in this fantastic tale of three strangers (Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Geraldine Fitzgerald) whose fates entwine with a mysterious Chinese idol and a winning lottery ticket. Deeply cynical, gloriously atmospheric. Screenplay by John Huston and Howard Koch. Directed by Jean Negulesco. NOT ON DVD


THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)
1941, Warner Bros., 101 min, USA, Dir: John Huston

Based on Dashiell Hammett’s novel, this classic mystery gives life to Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) and a masterfully drawn group of characters involved in a dangerous and double-crossing hunt for a bejeweled golden falcon statue. The first-rate cast includes Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet and Huston’s father, Walter.


CASABLANCA
1942, Warner Bros., 102 min, Dir: Michael Curtiz

"Here’s looking at you, kid." Tough guy Humphrey Bogart is Rick, an expatriate club owner in Morocco, nursing a broken heart after his sweetheart (Ingrid Bergman) disappeared from his side in Paris when the Nazis invaded. When she re-enters his life with her fugitive, resistance-leader husband (Paul Henreid), sparks fly. With an incredible cast that includes Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet and Conrad Veidt. Winner of three Oscars, for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.


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