1949, MGM [Warner Bros.], 98 min, USA, Dir: Robert Z. Leonard

Less a coherent drama than a sweaty fever-dream of ’40s film noir, THE BRIBE features an all-star cast (Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Charles Laughton, Vincent Price, John Hodiak) trapped on the steamy Caribbean isle of “Carlota” (as only MGM’s art department could render it), perspiring through a convoluted tale of romance, disease and WWII contraband. Skip the logic and wallow in the exotic artifice of this sublime noir fantasia, directed by Robert Z. Leonard, photographed by the great Joe Ruttenberg and scored by the magnificent Miklos Rozsa!

1948, Universal, 85 min, USA, Dir: Robert Siodmak

“When he called her ‘killer’… and took her twin in his arms… Did he know which was which?” Witnesses place Ruth Collins (Olivia de Havilland) at the scene of a grisly murder. When it’s discovered she has a twin, Dr. Elliot (Lew Ayres) is brought in to psychologically evaluate them both. When the doc falls for one of them, the other becomes murderously jealous. Noir master Robert Siodmak deftly directs this Oscar-nominated original story, guiding the great de Havilland through two sensational performances, as the sisters both sweet and sinister. Preservation by UCLA Film & Television Archive, funded by The Film Foundation. Not on DVD!

1973, Paramount, 102 min, USA, Dir: Peter Yates

Director Peter Yates (BULLITT) directs the adaptation of George V. Higgins’ brilliant slice-of-Boston-lowlife crime novel. Robert Mitchum is at his finest as streetwise Eddie Coyle, a blue-collar fence squeezed between the feds and his hoodlum cohorts, all while trying to support his family.

Syndicate content