THE CAPTIVE CITY
1952, Park Circus/MGM, 91 min, Dir: Robert Wise

John Director Robert Wise and director of photography Lee Garmes capture the essence of Senator Estes Kefauver’s national crusade (he narrates the film’s epilogue) against organized crime in authentic “docu-noir” style. John Forsythe stars as a crusading newspaper editor who uncovers a sinister gambling syndicate whose corrupting influence renders the entire city helpless. Screenwriter Alvin Josephy based his script on his own experiences as a reporter uncovering organized crime in Santa Monica after World War II.


THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN
1971, Universal, 131 min, USA, Dir: Robert Wise

This sci-fi thriller (adapted from Michael Crichton’s breakthrough novel) stars Arthur Hill, James Olson, Kate Reid and David Wayne as scientists racing to stop a deadly microorganism brought to Earth on a satellite. Special effects by Douglas Trumbull.


THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
1951, 20th Century Fox, 92 min, USA, Dir: Robert Wise

Christ-like alien Michael Rennie arrives in Washington, D.C., with a one-eyed robot to try to curtail Earth’s weapons of mass destruction before they can jeopardize the universe. Patricia Neal turns in a memorable performance as one of the only human beings attempting to understand him in this still relevant anti-war, anti-nuclear proliferation masterpiece. With Billy Gray, Hugh Marlowe.


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