WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS
1950, 20th Century Fox, 95 min, USA, Dir: Otto Preminger

Dana Andrews gives one of his most compelling performances as an angry and haunted New York cop whose violent streak leads to the killing of an informer. His attempts to cover up the crime only dig the hole deeper, as his lies make a suspect of an innocent man - the father of the woman he loves! Ben Hecht’s terrific script, based on the novel Night Cry by Victor Trivas, provides the bedrock for one of Preminger’s best film noirs, shot by the great Joseph LaShelle (LAURA).


CAROUSEL
1956, 20th Century Fox, 128 min, USA, Dir: Henry King

Phoebe and Henry Ephron (Nora’s parents) adapted this unusually dark musical about a carousel barker and a mill worker whose love falls victim to jealous outsiders and hard times in 19th-century New England. OKLAHOMA! castmates Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones are superb singing and dancing to some of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most distinctive songs, including “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Soliloquy” and “If I Loved You.” With Cameron Mitchell as the ne’er-do-well Jigger Craigin.


WILD RIVER
1960, 20th Century Fox, 110 min, USA, Dir: Elia Kazan

Always-excellent Montgomery Clift plays Chuck Glover, a young man sent to rural Tennessee to oversee the building of a dam. Deep-seated racial tension emerges when it is suggested that black laborers work on the construction of the dam, and complications only build when Chuck becomes romantically entangled with a local widow. "Kazan’s finest and deepest film!" – Dave Kehr


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