THE MAN WHO CHEATED HIMSELF
1951, 81 min, USA, Dir: Felix Feist

A veteran San Francisco homicide cop (Lee J. Cobb) spirals into a moral morass when his married socialite lover (Jane Wyatt, in a rare fatale role) “accidentally” bumps off her husband. Instead of playing it by the book (would that be noir?), he covers up the crime, only to have his younger brother (John Dall) - himself a fledgling homicide dick - start putting together the pieces. This James M. Cain-inspired thriller gets maximum impact out of its San Francisco locations, including a memorable climax at Fort Point.


A WALK IN THE SUN
1945, Kit Parker Films, 117 min, USA, Dir: Lewis Milestone

A platoon of WWII soldiers is sent to blow up an Italian bridge and casualties mount as they encounter enemy planes and machine guns - as well as increasing tensions among themselves. Widely considered to be one of the best and most realistic World War II movies, this classic features stellar work from Norman Lloyd, Dana Andrews, Richard Conte and others.


GUILTY BYSTANDER
1950, BFI, 91 min, USA, Dir: Joseph Lerner

Alcoholic ex-cop Max Thursday (Zachary Scott) lives a dingy existence as house detective for a run-down hotel. When his ex-wife shows up and tells him that his son has been kidnapped, it’s just what Thursday needs to spring into action and reclaim his old enthusiasm.


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