TO CATCH A THIEF
1955, Paramount, 106 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Retired cat burglar Cary Grant and ravishing American party girl Grace Kelly fall in love against a backdrop of fireworks, the French Riviera and a string of unsolved jewel robberies - all the while wearing some of Edith Head’s most stunning costumes. Alfred Hitchcock’s tongue-in-cheek soufflé, complete with surprisingly daring sexual innuendos for the time, is perfect escapist fare. With Charles Vanel (WAGES OF FEAR), Brigitte Auber.


A PLACE IN THE SUN
1951, Paramount, 122 min, USA, Dir: George Stevens

Montgomery Clift delivers arguably his finest performance as a tormented young man in love with socialite Elizabeth Taylor, but weighed down by his past fling with factory girl Shelley Winters. Superb, heartbreaking adaptation by director George Stevens of novelist Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy. Winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Director for Stevens.


DOWN THREE DARK STREETS
1954, Park Circus/UA, 85 min, USA, Dir: Arnold Laven

Seeking to solve the murder of a colleague, G-man John Ripley (Broderick Crawford) doggedly tears into the dead agent’s last three cases, hoping to discover the killer. He uncovers a trifecta of female trouble (Ruth Roman, Martha Hyer and Marisa Pavan), all entangled in extortion and murder. Based on true FBI cases, the film benefits from fantastic Los Angeles location work, including one of the earliest (and best) uses of the famed Hollywood Sign.


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