99 RIVER STREET
1953, Park Circus/MGM, 83 min, Dir: Phil Karlson

An aspiring actress (Evelyn Keyes) gets entangled with a washed-up boxer (John Payne) framed for the murder of his trampy wife (Peggie Castle). They’ve only got a few hours to hunt down the real killer. No director crafted rugged crime dramas bursting with violence better than director Phil Karlson, and this film (set entirely at night) is one of his best. Keyes lights up the screen and former crooner Payne is a convincing noir tough guy. With Brad Dexter, Frank Faylen, Jay Adler and Jack Lambert.


THE CAINE MUTINY
1954, Sony Repertory, 124 min, USA, Dir: Edward Dmytryk

A superb ensemble cast, including Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, Fred MacMurray and Van Johnson, leads this classic adaptation of Herman Wouk's novel. Bogart is Captain Queeg, a paranoid authoritarian whose men (led by Johnson and MacMurray) stage a mutiny in the last days of WWII. Ferrer is the brilliant military lawyer who takes on the case once the ship returns to port. Lee Marvin is on hand as a crewman and E.G. Marshall is a withering prosecutor at the court-martial.


DEATH OF A SALESMAN
1951, Sony Repertory, 105 min, Finland , Dir: Laslo Benedek

Stanley Kramer produced this adaptation of Arthur Miller's landmark play, in which aging failure Willy Loman (Fredric March) looks back on his life as it slips away. A stellar supporting cast that includes Kevin McCarthy, Mildred Dunnock and Cameron Mitchell brings Miller's bleak vision to life, aided by director Laslo Benedek's evocative and claustrophobic visual style. Benedek, March and McCarthy each won Golden Globes, as did Franz Planer for the film’s B&W cinematography.


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