Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
FIRST MEN IN THE MOON
Dir: Nathan Juran
In director Nathan Juran’s extremely entertaining adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel, turn-of-the-century British inventor Lionel Jeffries enlists Edward Judd and fiancée Martha Hyer in his scheme to reach the moon. Once the trio hits the lunar landscape, they’re captured by a weird subterranean insect race, and we’re treated to some of Ray Harryhausen’s most enjoyable special effects.
United Artists [MGM Repertory],
Dir: Arnold Laven
Seeking to solve the murder of a colleague, FBI agent John Ripley (Broderick Crawford) doggedly pursues the late agent’s last three cases, hoping to uncover the killer. He discovers a trifecta of dames (Ruth Roman, Martha Hyer, Marisa Pavan) entangled in extortion and murder. Based on a trio of true FBI cases as adapted by The Gordons, the film benefits from fantastic Los Angeles location work, including one of the earliest (and best) uses of the famed Hollywood sign. Not on DVD!