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.


NONE SHALL ESCAPE
1944, Sony Repertory, 85 min, USA, Dir: André De Toth

Produced before the end of WWII, this indictment of Nazi evil was remarkably prescient. Alexander Knox is chilling as Wilhelm Grimm, a German officer whose war crimes unfold in flashback during a Nuremberg-like trial; Marsha Hunt gives one of her best performances as Grimm’s former lover. Oscar nominated for Best Original Story.


YOU’LL NEVER GET RICH
1941, Sony Repertory, 88 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lanfield

Rita Hayworth became a star playing a dancer wooed by choreographer Fred Astaire after he’s been drafted into the Army. Costar Robert Benchley provides laughs and composer Cole Porter provides the songs in this delightful wartime musical.


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