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Sat
24
Aug
2019
 

The seedier side of 1940’S Los Angeles makes a fitting noir background for this brilliant, classic film noir starring Burt Lancaster as the lovelorn hero, Steve, foolish enough to go back to his ex-wife Anna (an excellent Yvonne de Carlo) who has since taken up with a bunch of hoodlums headed by the sinister Dan Duryea. Steve commits himself to a dangerous course of action that quickly takes everyone somewhere unintended…

Tue
02
Feb
2016
 

Anatole Litvak's gripping thriller stars Barbara Stanwyck as bed ridden New York heiress Leona Stevenson, whose only access to the outside world is through her husband Henry (Burt Lancaster) or via the telephone. One night while trying to reach her husband at the office, the number is misdialled and she overhears two men planning to kill a woman later that evening. With the clock ticking can she prevent the murder? Adapted for the screen by Lucille Fletcher from her legendary 1943 radio play, Sorry, Wrong Number is a tense, stylish Mystery/ Drama with excellent performances from Stanwyck and Lancaster.



Tue
02
Feb
2016
 

Powerful and unscrupulous New York newspaper columnist J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) enlists sleazy press agent Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) to do whatever it takes to break up his sister's affair with a jazz musician. The first American film of Scottish director Alexander Mackendrick, Sweet Smell of Success is a story of power and corruption, with superb performances from Lancaster and Curtis. Based on real life New York City columnist Walter Winchell, Clifford Odets' sharp edged screenplay exposes the underbelly of tabloid publicity in a film which is still as powerful and relevant as ever.

Tue
02
Feb
2016
 

Burt Lancaster stars as Ned Merill, who begins his day with a lap in a friend's pool. Realising that his Connecticut suburb is full of backyard pools which lead all the way to his house he attempts to swim all the way home, confronting incidents from his life along the way. Widely regarded as one of Burt Lancaster's finest performances, The Swimmer is a haunting and moving drama about shattered American Dreams and is a hidden movie gem of the 1960s.

Sat
24
Aug
2019
 

Two professional killers invade a small town and kill a gas station attendant, "the Swede," (played by the incomparable Burt Lancaster in his debut film) who's expecting them. Insurance investigator Reardon (Edmond O’Brien - a terrific actor) pursues the case against the orders of his boss, who considers it trivial. Weaving together threads of the Swede's life, Reardon uncovers a complex tale of treachery and crime, all linked with gorgeous, mysterious Kitty Collins (Ava Gardner).

 

For Trivia fans, this was William Conrad's first credited role as one of the killers and who would also go onto star as the Heavweight Detective 'Cannon' in the long running TV series of the same name in the seventies !

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