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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 LONG HAUL
1957, Sony Repertory, 100 min, UK/USA, Dir: Ken Hughes

Harry Miller (Victor Mature), an American GI married to a British war bride (Gene Anderson), signs on as a long-haul lorry driver and finds the business rife with corruption, especially gangster Joe Easy (Patrick Allen). When Easy’s girl Lynn (Diana Dors) takes a shine to Harry, his sturdy moral fiber is stretched every which way. A well-wrought and amusingly sleazy British version of Hollywood trucking tales like THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT and THIEVES’ HIGHWAY, this satisfies the craving of noir addicts with its underworld misfits, shadowy atmospherics and voluptuous Dors doing all she can to mess with Mature’s marriage. With a thrilling climax right out of THE WAGES OF FEAR.


THE NAKED CITY
1948, Janus Films, 96 min, USA, Dir: Jules Dassin

A landmark crime movie, producer Mark Hellinger's hardboiled tribute to his beloved Big Apple peels away all the stylistic melodramatics of noir to present Hollywood's first true policier. The scrupulously researched script by Malvin Wald and vivid location photography by William Daniels (an Oscar winner) combined to make this one of the most influential Hollywood films of the 1940s. With Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Don Taylor, Dorothy Hart and a very scary Ted de Corsia.


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