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  • Scene of the Crime

    Scene of the Crime

    ★★★

    Did, as some people think, "Scene of the Crime" invent the cop drama clichés that have been a mainstay of television and film for so long? Or were they already established and just copied by this film?

    Not being an expert in the genre, I don't know. I do know that despite attempts by some people to elevate this movie to film noir status, it's not that great.

    Dore Schary put this into production when he took over MGM. I…

  • The Spy Who Dumped Me

    The Spy Who Dumped Me

    ★★★★

    Fun film.

    Love Kate McKinnon and MIla Kunis.

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  • In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place

    ★★★★★

    Truly one of the great noirs, "In a Lonely Place" was directed by Nicholas Ray and stars Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Jeff Donnell and Martha Stewart. Bogart plays Dix Steele, a well-known Hollywood screenwriter who is very choosy about what he writes. He's asked to adapt a book, and instead of reading it, he invites the coat-check girl (Stewart) to tell him the story, as she's just finished the book. She has a date; she cancels it for…

  • The Bad and the Beautiful

    The Bad and the Beautiful

    ★★★★

    Lana Turner, Dick Powell, and Barry Sullivan play three victims of an ambitious producer (Kirk Douglas) in "The Bad and the Beautiful." This 1952 film sports great direction by Vincente Minnelli and a top-notch cast, including the above and Walter Pidgeon, Gloria Grahame, Gilbert Roland, and Elaine Stewart.

    Kirk Douglas was never better or more handsome than as producer Jonathan Shields, who manages to alienate a lot of people he meets on his climb up. The story begins after he's…