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REMEMBER THE NIGHT
1940, Universal, 94 min, USA, Dir: Mitchell Leisen

In this romantic holiday classic, Barbara Stanwyck is arrested for shoplifting during the Christmas season. District attorney Fred MacMurray is assigned to prosecute her but instead falls in love. Preston Sturges wrote the witty and surprisingly nostalgic script just before he turned to directing.


THE GREAT MCGINTY
1940, Universal, 82 min, USA, Dir: Preston Sturges

Writer Preston Sturges famously offered the script of this classic comedy to his studio for $1 - with the proviso that he be attached to direct. This potent satire about the rise of Dan McGinty (Brian Donlevy) under the tutelage of a corrupt political boss (Akim Tamiroff) earned Sturges an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Many of the character actors here became part of the director’s stock company; William Demarest went on to appear in seven more Sturges films.


NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES
1948, Universal, 81 min, USA, Dir: John Farrow

Edward G. Robinson gives a doom-laden performance as a bogus carnival mentalist who suddenly becomes cursed with the ability to actually see into the future - and he sees a dreadful fate for his best friend's daughter. A flower crushed underfoot, a sudden wind, a clock striking 11, the paw of a lion ... what does it all mean? Director John Farrow, always at his most stylish in noir terrain, adapts from the novel by master of suspense Cornell Woolrich (REAR WINDOW). Costarring Gail Russell and John Lund, with darkly evocative camerawork by John F. Seitz.


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