KEY LARGO
1948, Warner Bros., 101 min, USA, Dir: John Huston

Humphrey Bogart is Frank McCloud, a down-on-his-luck veteran visiting the father (Lionel Barrymore) and sister (Lauren Bacall) of his dead WWII buddy at their Florida Keys hotel just as a hurricane is about to hit. To make matters worse, on-the-run mobster Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) has decided to lay low there with his moll (Claire Trevor) and henchmen (among them evil Thomas Gomez) while waiting to abscond to Cuba. One of Huston’s finest films, based on Maxwell Anderson’s stage play.


CLASH BY NIGHT
1952, Warner Bros., 105 min, USA, Dir: Fritz Lang

Director Fritz Lang adds plenty of sizzle to Clifford Odets’ play about a love triangle in a coastal town. A wash-out in New York, Barbara Stanwyck returns home to Monterey, where fisherman Paul Douglas takes a shine to her - but she’s a lot more compatible with cynical film projectionist Robert Ryan. Marilyn Monroe charms in a small role as a cannery worker smitten with Stanwyck’s brother.


HANGMEN ALSO DIE!
1943, Cohen Film, 134 min, USA, Dir: Fritz Lang

Bertolt Brecht co-wrote this story about a Czech man (Brian Donlevy) on the run after killing a brutal SS officer during the Nazi occupation. Frequent Brecht collaborator Hanns Eisler supplied the Oscar-nominated score, and cinematographer James Wong Howe gave this tense thriller plenty of noir atmosphere. With Gene Lockhart and Walter Brennan.


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