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.


THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE
1951, Warner Bros., 69 min, USA, Dir: John Huston

Until the last decade, this was regarded as one of director John Huston’s lower-profile pictures, but with each passing year its stature and merits grow. A profoundly moving rendition of Stephen Crane’s classic novel of the Civil War, with an exceptional Audie Murphy as Henry Fleming, the young soldier wracked by self-doubt, and the offbeat Bill Mauldin (the most famous political/war cartoonist of the era) equally good as his friend. With Royal Dano, Arthur Hunnicutt.


REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE
1967, Warner Bros., 108 min, USA, Dir: John Huston

Director John Huston’s adaptation of Carson McCullers’ weird Southern Gothic has NATIONAL VELVET’s Elizabeth Taylor all grown up, married to Major Marlon Brando but horsing around with married neighbor Brian Keith. Repressed Brando’s hung up by manliness, particularly in the form of private Robert Forster, who likes to ride bareback on Liz’s prize stallion. Co-starring Julie Harris.


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