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  • The Thing
  • The Vampires or, The Arch Criminals of Paris
  • The Wild Bunch
  • Stagecoach

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  • Pool of London

    ★★★½

  • Dunked in the Deep

    ★★★

  • Walk a Crooked Mile

    ★★★½

  • Tarzan the Ape Man

    ★★★

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  • Pool of London

    Pool of London

    ★★★½

    The Pool of London is the stretch of the River Thames on the south side of London where imported cargo needs to go through customs. Basil Dearden effectively depicts the seediness of the area, but the sailors are presented sympathetically. The picture is a fairly vigorous and well constructed example of British noir, potently photographed on London’s city streets, mostly at night, with an exciting heist and attempted escape by the villains as the focus of the plot. One of…

  • Routine Job: A Story of Scotland Yard

    Routine Job: A Story of Scotland Yard

    ★★½

    Dramatises an investigation into the theft of a van load of tea, a valuable commodity in post-war England, where rationing was still in place. The police play themselves, though presumably the criminals do not. It is very much a documentary about contemporary police methods without the gloss. The crime takes place at the Wembley Street Café, which is still open today as Ace Café London. It was a popular hangout for rockers and bikers during the fifties and sixties.

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  • Foreign Correspondent

    Foreign Correspondent

    ★★★★

    With David O Selznick off his back, Hitchcock revels in the Hollywood playground and produces his first blockbuster. It's also, arguably, his most typical adventure thriller until North by Northwest (which is, in some ways, a rehash of this film). It lacks the psychological complexities of Hitchcock's best films (including Rebecca), and even though WWII is on the doorstep, it's less pressing a propaganda piece than The Lady Vanishes, for example, apart from the earnest (and pretty terrific) tacked on…

  • Man's Favorite Sport?

    Man's Favorite Sport?

    ★★★★½

    Paula Prentiss's Abigail is so consumed by Rock Hudson's Roger Willoughby — a fraud but also a sweet, gentle soul — she goes a little nuts. She can't leave him alone, which causes Roger no amount of grief, but it also leads him to become the best version of himself. In other words, she makes an honest man out of him. This is Howard Hawks's most extreme statement concerning the battle of the sexes. At one point, Easy (Maria Perschy),…