SIDE STREET
1949, Warner Bros., 93 min, Dir: Anthony Mann

Naive postman Joe Norson (Farley Granger) takes a dangerous shortcut to securing a nest egg for his pregnant wife (Cathy O’Donnell) - stealing thirty grand from the office of a shady shyster. When Joe tries to give himself up he only gets in deeper, careening for his life through the treacherous streets of Manhattan, pursued by cops and crooks at every deadly turn. Boehm’s script is a much more noir version of Naked City, and Anthony Mann pulls out all the stops, directing this headlong thriller with incredible punch, abetted by Joe Ruttenberg’s stunning cinematography (with an opening sequence shot from a blimp over Manhattan). A top-tier noir, featuring favorites Jean Hagen, Paul Kelly, James Craig and Charles McGraw.


WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE
1951, Paramount, 83 min, USA, Dir: Rudolph Mate

Despite its age, WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE still remains far superior to all the other "giant-asteroid-on-a-collision-course-with-Earth" films that followed. Scientist Richard Derr tries to convince skeptical colleagues and world leaders about the Earth’s imminent demise. When they fail to listen, a dedicated band of pioneers constructs a Noah’s Ark-like rocket ship to save a few brave souls from annihilation. With Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen. Winner of the 1951 Special Effects Oscar - wait till you see the sinking of Manhattan!


UNDERCOVER MAN
1949, Sony Repertory, 85 min, USA, Dir: Joseph H. Lewis

Film noir master Joseph H. Lewis (GUN CRAZY) directs a stellar cast that includes Glenn Ford, Nina Foch and James Whitmore (in his movie debut). The story, loosely based on the exploits of Al Capone, follows a mob kingpin being hunted by feds looking to convict him on tax-evasion charges.


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