FLESH AND FURY
1952, Universal, 83 min, Dir: Joe Pevney

Tony Curtis delivers a knockout performance as a deaf boxer who looks to be easy pickings for a mercenary blonde (Jan Sterling) while a compassionate reporter (Mona Freeman) tries to prevent him from being counted out for good. Bernard Gordon’s crisp script and a solid supporting cast (including the debut of Harry Guardino) bolsters Curtis’ early starring turn.


THE DEFIANT ONES
1958, Park Circus/MGM, 97 min, USA, Dir: Stanley Kramer

Racist jailbird Tony Curtis finds himself chained body and soul to fellow convict Sidney Poitier, in director Stanley Kramer’s stark, bare-knuckled prison-break drama. Curtis’ fierce, hardened performance here is among his finest – as blunt and unforgiving as anything by De Niro or Keitel in the ’70s.


THE FANTASY FILM WORLDS OF GEORGE PAL
1985, 93 min, USA, Dir: Arnold Leibovit

Stop-motion pioneer George Pal was a legend among sci-fi and fantasy film buffs, and this enjoyable documentary features archival interviews with the Oscar-winning producer-director, clips from his half-century career and testimonials from such colleagues and admirers as Ray Harryhausen, Gene Roddenberry and Tony Curtis.


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