PITFALL
1948, Paramount, 86 min, USA, Dir: André de Toth

Enjoy an adult dose of SoCal suburban angst as Dick Powell’s by-the-book insurance man, dissatisfied with his dead-end job and humdrum wife (Jane Wyatt), indulges an extramarital dalliance with tough-luck model Lizabeth Scott. Who will make him pay for his indiscretion? The thuggish private eye (creepy Raymond Burr) who has his own designs on Liz? Her jealous boyfriend, about to be sprung from prison? Or his own steel-spined spouse? Come see who survives the guilt-sodden affair, a remarkable and vastly undervalued noir masterpiece.


SUDDEN FEAR
1952, Cohen Film, 110 min, USA, Dir: David Miller

Joan Crawford gives an Oscar-nominated performance as a San Francisco playwright who marries a virile actor (Jack Palance) she’d rejected for one of her plays. Little does she know, he plans to drop the final curtain on her. Stylish and suspenseful, this is one of Crawford’s very best movies. With Gloria Grahame.


WICKED WOMAN
1953, Park Circus/MGM, 77 min, USA, Dir: Russell Rouse

In this racy little B-movie, scarlet woman Beverly Michaels (PICKUP) cons saloon owner Richard Egan into bilking his boozy wife out of her dough, then toys with the affections of slavering devotee Percy Helton (as you’ve never seen him before). She plans on dumping both and leaving a dust trail to Mexico. Michaels was definitely director Rouse’s kind of woman: They married after making this picture - an extra twist to this juicy noir. Featuring a title song that’s a cult favorite!


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