THE UGLY AMERICAN
1963, Universal, 120 min, USA, Dir: George Englund

John F. Kennedy was sufficiently impressed with the foreign policy insights of The Ugly American that he sent copies of the book to all his Senate colleagues; director George Englund and screenwriter Stewart Stern give the bestseller a potent adaptation. Marlon Brando stars as a U.S. ambassador to the fictional Southeast Asian country of Sarkhan, where the limitations of America’s anti-Communist crusade offer eerie parallels to that of Vietnam.


DETOUR
1946, Wade Williams, 70 min, USA, Dir: Edgar G. Ulmer

“Whichever way you turn, fate sticks out a foot to trip you” in this low-budget noir classic. Hitchhiking to Hollywood, loser Tom Neal takes several wrong turns and ends up on the expressway to hell - Ann Savage plays the vixenish vagabond who ushers him there. She ends up paying a stiff toll herself.


APPOINTMENT WITH A SHADOW
1957, Universal, 72 min, USA, Dir: Richard Carlson

George Nader stars in this CinemaScope noir as an alcoholic reporter who gives up liquor to go after a big story. Joanna Moore and Brian Keith costar; actor Richard Carlson steps behind the camera to direct. NOT ON DVD!


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