|The Blue Gardenia 1953 N/R, 90 min.|
Director: Fritz Lang
Cast: Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, Raymond Burr, Jeff Donnell, Richard Erdman, George Reeves, Ruth Storey, Ray Walker, Nat King Cole, Gail Bonney, Frank Ferguson, Mike Donovan, Jess Kirkpatrick, William Haade
After finding out that her soldier/boyfriend has found a new girlfriend, Norah (Anne Baxter) goes out with Harry (Raymond Burr). The blind date doesn't go well for Norah. Returning to Harry's place after having too much to drink, he makes a pass at her, and she takes a poker to him. Later, after Harry is found dead, Norah assumes she did it while drunk, and now a reporter (Richard Conte) is on her trail. OK film noir.
|D.O.A. 1950 N/R, 83 min.|
Genre: Drama / Mystery
Director: Rudolph Mate
Cast: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland, Lynn Baggett, William Ching, Henry Hart, Neville Brand, Jess Kirkpatrick, Laurette Luez, Frank Gerstle, Lawrence Dobkin, Cay Forrester, Frank Jaquet, Carol Hughes
This good, tense mystery starts with Frank Bigelow (Edmond O'Brien) walking into the police station to report his own murder. He had gone to San Francisco for a week on the town before his marriage. But, he gets poisoned, and the doctor says he has but a week to live and no known antidote exists. He sets out to discover who did it and why. Remade in 1969 as "Color Me Dead" and again in 1988.
|The Judge 1949 N/R, 69 min.|
Director: Elmer Clifton
Cast: Milburn Stone, Katherine DeMille, Paul Guilfoyle, Stanley Waxman, Norman Budd, Jonathan Hale, John Hamilton, Joseph Forte, Jess Kirkpatrick, Herb Vigran, Barney Phillips, Charles Williams, Tom Holland, Bob Jellison, Al Rosman
When defense lawyer Martin Strang (Milburn Stone) suspects that his wife Lucille (Katherine DeMille) is having an affair with court psychiatrist Dr. James Anderson (Paul Guilfoyle), he plots to have her killed. First, he writes a will giving his money to the families who have been hurt by the criminals he defended. Then, he defends William Jackson (Paul Guilfoyle) on a murder charge, wins his freedom, but then is murdered by Jackson. His plan has backfired, but evidence points to Lucile and Dr. Anderson as the murderers. When they are arrested, Anderson kills himself. That act leaves Lucille–who has been left destitute by Martin's will–all alone in the world.
|The Long, Hot Summer 1958 N/R, 115 min.|
Director: Martin Ritt
Cast: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Orson Welles, Lee Remick, Angela Lansbury, Richard Anderson, Mabel Albertson, J. Pat O'Malley, Val Avery, Sarah Marshall, William Walker, George Dunn, Jess Kirkpatrick, I. Stanford Jolley
Drifter Ben Quick (Paul Newman) arrives in town and changes the lives of the Varner family. Big Daddy Varner (Orson Welles) recognizes that Ben Quick is a man to be reckoned with; however, daughter Clara (Joanne Woodward) is attracted to Quick. Weak son Jody (Tony Franciosa) is jealous of Quick's decisiveness. It all makes for one long, HOT summer.
|1. The Blue Gardenia (1953)|
2. D.O.A. (1950)
3. The Judge (1949)
4. The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
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