THE SET-UP
1949, Warner Bros., 72 min, USA, Dir: Robert Wise

Robert Ryan stars as Stoker Thomson, a two-bit fighter making his grim last stand in the aptly named Paradise City boxing ring. Certain his boxer will lose, manager Tiny (George Tobias) accepts a gambler’s payoff - without bothering to tell Stoker to take a dive.


THE NARROW MARGIN
1952, Warner Bros., 71 min, USA, Dir: Richard Fleischer

This film always receives its share of votes as one of the finest noirs ever made - and the spiciest of its many ingredients is the unforgettable Marie Windsor. She and co-star Charles McGraw trade priceless purple putdowns as he ferries her on the rails from Chicago to L.A., where she’s scheduled to testify in a racket-busting trial. Plenty of switchbacks along the way, rendered with maximum punch and pace by director Richard Fleischer and producer Stanley Rubin. Also starring Jacqueline White.


DETECTIVE STORY
1951, Paramount, 103 min, USA, Dir: William Wyler

Eleanor Parker’s second Best Actress nomination in as many years is a memorable turn as the unfortunate wife of tormented NYPD detective Kirk Douglas in a splendid screen adaptation of Sidney Kingsley’s hit play. Powerfully helmed by William Wyler and nominated for four Academy Awards. Co-starring William Bendix, Lee Grant, George Macready, Cathy O’Donnell, Horace McMahon, Gladys George, Joseph Wiseman, Gerald Mohr and Frank Faylen.


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