DRAGNET
1954, Universal, 88 min, USA, Dir: Jack Webb

This feature-length expansion of the hit TV series has taciturn Sgt. Joe Friday (Webb) and Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander) investigating the murder of an organized-crime bookie. Webb gets tougher-than-TV in his often brutal pursuit, backstopped by Capt. James Hamilton (Richard Boone) and undercover policewoman Grace Downey (Ann Robinson). A no-holds-barred version of the famed TV series, this is a rarely screened melding of mid-20th-century American history and vintage pop culture.


MARY, MARY
1963, Warner Bros., 126 min, USA, Dir: Mervyn LeRoy

Publisher Bob McKellaway (Barry Nelson) is forced to reconnect with his ex-wife Mary (Debbie Reynolds) in order to clear up some financial matters. Bob is uneasy about the reunion, but when Mary shows up Bob is shocked to see that she’s more attractive than ever – and before long both ex-lovers find themselves attempting to sabotage each others’ new romances.


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