THE HIDDEN ROOM
OBSESSION
1949, Eagle-Lion Films, 96 min, UK, Dir: Edward Dmytryk

British psychologist Clive Riordan (Robert Newton), fed up with his wife’s philandering, makes her latest lover disappear in a deviously devised “perfect crime.” Made in England by the blacklisted Edward Dmytryk, THE HIDDEN ROOM is an unjustly neglected masterpiece, packed with wit and suspense, anchored by Robert Newton’s brilliant and subtle performance as the vengeful cuckold. Costarring Sally Gray and Phil Brown.


MURDER, MY SWEET
1944, Warner Bros., 95 min, USA, Dir: Edward Dmytryk

In this adaptation of the Raymond Chandler novel Farewell, My Lovely, quintessential L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe searches for an ex-con's girlfriend but, as always, winds up swimming in deceit and double crosses, all of it washing up at a lavish Malibu beach house. Featuring former hoofer Dick Powell as Marlowe, and Claire Trevor as the fabulous femme fatale.


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