THE GLASS WEB
1953, Universal, 81 min, USA, Dir: Jack Arnold

Before emerging as one of the 1950s’ top sci-fi directors, Jack Arnold (CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON) turned his attention to film noir for this tense drama set in the then-new world of television. John Forsythe and Edward G. Robinson star as head writer and researcher, respectively, on a true-crime TV program. Both men are involved with femme fatale Kathleen Hughes; when she is murdered, the case is chosen for the season finale – but will the script reveal her real killer?


…AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
1979, Sony Repertory, 119 min, USA, Dir: Norman Jewison

“You're out of order! You're out of order! The whole trial is out of order!” Al Pacino stars as Arthur Kirkland, who has seen some of the worst abuses of the courtroom in his 12 years as a defense attorney. Nonetheless he continues to fight passionately for his clients - but is thrown for a loop when one of them is a judge (John Forsythe) who has clashed with Kirkland in the past. Pacino’s tour de force performance earned an Oscar nomination, as did Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin’s original screenplay. A still-relevant skewering of the American legal system, …AND JUSTICE FOR ALL boasts a fine supporting cast including Jack Warden, Christine Lahti, Jeffrey Tambor and Lee Strasberg.


THE CAPTIVE CITY
1952, Park Circus/MGM, 91 min, Dir: Robert Wise

John Director Robert Wise and director of photography Lee Garmes capture the essence of Senator Estes Kefauver’s national crusade (he narrates the film’s epilogue) against organized crime in authentic “docu-noir” style. John Forsythe stars as a crusading newspaper editor who uncovers a sinister gambling syndicate whose corrupting influence renders the entire city helpless. Screenwriter Alvin Josephy based his script on his own experiences as a reporter uncovering organized crime in Santa Monica after World War II.


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