BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK
1955, Warner Bros., 81 min, USA, Dir: John Sturges

Set in a mythical desert town post-WWII, the film follows one-armed combat veteran Spencer Tracy as he seeks to discover the whereabouts of a Japanese-American comrade. De facto town leader and full-time racist bully Robert Ryan and his thuggish pals, Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine, are the stateside fascists in this suspense-filled classic from director John Sturges and screenwriter Millard Kaufman. Co-starring Anne Francis, Walter Brennan, Dean Jagger and John Ericson.


DESIGNING WOMAN
1957, Warner Bros., 118 min, USA, Dir: Vincente Minnelli

Sports reporter Mike Hagen (Gregory Peck) and fashion designer Marilla Brown (Lauren Bacall) meet while vacationing and quickly marry - only to discover that they have little in common, as their friends butt heads and skeletons emerge from their closets. This sparkling romantic comedy earned an Oscar for George Wells’ deft screenplay, and was one of Bacall’s favorite films.


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