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SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT
1946, 20th Century Fox, 111 min, USA, Dir: Joseph Mankiewicz

An amnesiac vet (John Hodiak) prowls through the Los Angeles underworld searching for the mysterious “Larry Cravat,” the lone clue to his true identity. Mankiewicz’s vastly underrated noir is a timeless trip through the noir netherworld, a place where no one can be trusted. With Richard Conte, Lloyd Nolan, Nancy Guild and a rogue's gallery of familiar faces lending vivid support.


THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA
1954, Park Circus , 128 min, United States, Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz returns to the show business milieu of ALL ABOUT EVE for this story of a filmmaker (Humphrey Bogart, playing a slightly modified version of Mankiewicz himself) who discovers a peasant girl (Ava Gardner) dancing in a nightclub and transforms her into a star. Before long Bogart falls in love with his creation, but his possessiveness and the pressures of stardom send her frantically looking for an escape.


GUYS AND DOLLS
1955, Park Circus/MGM, 150 min, USA, Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Frank Loesser’s Broadway hit, inspired by Damon Runyon’s tales of Times Square hoods and gamblers, becomes one of the 1950s’ most enjoyable musicals in the hands of director Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Needing $1,000 to rent space for his floating crap game, Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) bets Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando, in his only song-and-dance role) that he can find a girl immune to Masterson’s charms – specifically a strait-laced missionary (a wonderful Jean Simmons). “Luck Be a Lady” is just one of the great songs here.


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