BACKFIRE
1950, Warner Bros., 91 min, USA, Dir: Vincent Sherman

Virginia Mayo, Gordon Macrae, Edmond O'Brien and Viveca Lindfors star in this taut mystery about a war veteran whose attempt to investigate the disappearance of his army buddy follows a series of clues into a maze of murder and violence.


THE RECKLESS MOMENT
1949, 82 min, USA, Dir: Max Ophuls

Suburban housewife Joan Bennett goes to extraordinary lengths to cover up a murder committed by her daughter. Then blackmailer James Mason enters the picture: sadist or saint? Top-of-the-line suspense from the great Max Ophuls. Remade as THE DEEP END - see the original and decide for yourself if you'd rather have Joan Bennett or Tilda Swinton for a mother.


THEY LIVE BY NIGHT
1949, Warner Bros., 92 min, USA, Dir: Nicholas Ray

Nicholas Ray’s directorial debut is a deeply felt tale of young love struggling to survive in a cruel, unforgiving world. Farley Granger and Cathy O’Donnell are memorable as star-crossed lovers Bowie and Keechie in this darkly romantic and melancholy adaptation of Edward Anderson’s Depression-era crime classic Thieves Like Us. In Ray’s hands, it’s Romeo and Juliet for the film noir era.


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