LET US LIVE
1939, Sony Repertory, 68 min, USA, Dir: John Brahm

Compelling proto-noir concerning a pair of innocent taxi drivers (Henry Fonda and Alan Baxter) railroaded to the death house for a robbery-homicide. An early standout performance by Fonda receives stellar support from costar Maureen O’Sullivan, along with a well-crafted script (by Anthony Veiller and Allen Rivkin), photography (Lucien Ballard) and superior direction by noir maestro John Brahm.


THE TALL T
1957, Sony Repertory, 78 min, USA, Dir: Budd Boetticher

A tense, sexually ambiguous story of rancher Randolph Scott’s kidnapping by killer Richard Boone (in a career-making performance) and his gun-happy henchmen. Brilliantly scripted by Burt Kennedy (based on an Elmore Leonard story), THE TALL T switches effortlessly from folksy humor to tragic violence, leaving the viewer literally breathless. “In every one of the Scott pictures, I felt I could have traded Randy’s part with the villain’s.” - Budd Boetticher. With Henry Silva and Maureen O’Sullivan.


SKYSCRAPER SOULS
1932, Warner Bros., 99 min, USA, Dir: Edgar Selwyn

This Edgar Selwyn-directed melodrama practically shouts its amorality from the rooftops. Warren Williams is a ruthless financier who will crush anyone in his path to maintain control of a hundred-story skyscraper. Maureen O’Sullivan, Veree Teasdale and Hedda Hopper are the exploited women in his life. This glossy, sexy soaper, adapted from Faith Baldwin’s novel, aptly contrasts the poor working stiffs slaving away as Williams’ office tenants while he luxuriates in the lap of decadent luxury.


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