HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO
1944, Universal, 100 min, USA, Dir: Preston Sturges

When Eddie Bracken is discharged from the military for chronic hay fever, his pals decide to send him home with a reputation as a great war hero. What ensues is a flurry of patriotic fervor, some genuine and some ridiculous but all of it hilarious in writer-director Preston Sturges' hands. Sturges' incisive view of what defines true heroism during wartime is as spot-on today as it was in 1944, and his direction of an ensemble of gifted character actors is a timeless delight.


NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES
1948, Universal, 81 min, USA, Dir: John Farrow

Edward G. Robinson gives a doom-laden performance as a bogus carnival mentalist who suddenly becomes cursed with the ability to actually see into the future - and he sees a dreadful fate for his best friend's daughter. A flower crushed underfoot, a sudden wind, a clock striking 11, the paw of a lion ... what does it all mean? Director John Farrow, always at his most stylish in noir terrain, adapts from the novel by master of suspense Cornell Woolrich (REAR WINDOW). Costarring Gail Russell and John Lund, with darkly evocative camerawork by John F. Seitz.


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