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SALOME (1953)
1953, Sony Repertory, 103 min, USA, Dir: William Dieterle

Rita Hayworth shines in the title role of this biblical epic, as the woman whose Dance of the Seven Veils bewitches King Herod (Charles Laughton) and costs John the Baptist (Alan Badel) his head. The film takes some liberties to paint Salome in a more sympathetic light but doesn’t skimp on spectacle, with costumes and production design befitting the glory days of Technicolor. With Judith Anderson, Cedric Hardwicke and Stewart Granger.

1966, 20th Century Fox, 100 min, Dir: Richard Fleischer

Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasence lead a miniaturized mission into the surreal landscape of the human body, in order to dissolve a comatose scientist’s cerebral blood clot. Exciting action and stunning, psychedelic F/X combine in director Richard Fleischer’s most purely thrilling picture.

1959, Park Circus/UA, 83 min, USA, Dir: Paul Stanley

This late entry in the noir cycle, based on Irving Shulman’s popular novel, grafts social realism onto its crime-thriller spine. It’s highlighted by a star-making performance from John Saxon as a Puerto Rican ex-con pulled every which way by familial pressures, a love affair (with beautiful co-star Linda Cristal) and the lure of his former gang. With Joseph Calleia, Harry Townes, Don Gordon and Perry Lopez. Not on DVD!

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