1955, Park Circus/UA, 105 min, USA, Dir: Robert Aldrich

Some critics see it as the apotheosis of noir style and the definitive statement on American paranoia in the Atomic Age. Others see it as screenwriter Buzz Bezzerides’ smirking send-up of author Mickey Spillane’s popular 1950s macho fantasies, brilliantly adapted here by screenwriter, A.I. Bezzerides. Decide for yourself as hard-headed private eye Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) va-va-vooms this way through sunny and sinister Los Angeles in search of “The Great Whatsit.”

1952, Warner Bros., 89 min, USA, Dir: Stuart Heisler

“Come on, Oscar, let's you and me get drunk!” Bette Davis racked up another well-deserved Academy Award nomination playing a movie star whose career has hit the skids. Former actor turned boat mechanic Sterling Hayden throws her a lifeline - but can she put love above the chance at a Hollywood comeback? Natalie Wood costars.

1966, 20th Century Fox, 100 min, Dir: Richard Fleischer

Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasence lead a miniaturized mission into the surreal landscape of the human body, in order to dissolve a comatose scientist’s cerebral blood clot. Exciting action and stunning, psychedelic F/X combine in director Richard Fleischer’s most purely thrilling picture.

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