ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW
1959, Park Circus/MGM, 96 min, USA, Dir: Robert Wise

Bigoted ex-convict Robert Ryan’s mistrust of partner Harry Belafonte undermines the heist plans of their ex-cop leader (Ed Begley) in this searing, underrated crime drama - the first film noir to feature a black protagonist. Great on-location New York ambiance fills every exterior shot. With Shelley Winters and Gloria Grahame, and featuring an atmospheric score by Modern Jazz Quartet pianist John Lewis.


THE SET-UP
1949, Warner Bros., 72 min, USA, Dir: Robert Wise

Robert Ryan stars as Stoker Thomson, a two-bit fighter making his grim last stand in the aptly named Paradise City boxing ring. Certain his boxer will lose, manager Tiny (George Tobias) accepts a gambler’s payoff - without bothering to tell Stoker to take a dive.


THE HINDENBURG
1975, Universal, 125 min, USA, Dir: Robert Wise

Director Robert Wise helmed this film about the Hindenburg conflagration, touched off when the German zeppelin landed in Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1937. George C. Scott is a conflicted German security officer aboard, Anne Bancroft is a wayward countess, William Atherton (DAY OF THE LOCUST) a possible saboteur, Roy Thinnes (TV’s "The Invaders") a fanatical Gestapo officer and Charles Durning (DOG DAY AFTERNOON) the Hindenburg’s captain. Recipient of two Oscars for Special Achievement in Sound Effects (Peter Berkos) and Visual Effects (Albert Whitlock, Glen Robinson).


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