MONKEY ON MY BACK
1957, Park Circus/UA, 93 min, USA, Dir: Andre de Toth

Cameron Mitchell stars in the real-life story of Barney Ross, a former champ addicted to both gambling and morphine. Released at the same time as the similar-themed THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM, this is a much darker piece of filmmaking – a creepy and unnerving tale in which Mitchell's drug forays are straight out of THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI.


LET US LIVE
1939, Sony Repertory, 68 min, USA, Dir: John Brahm

Compelling proto-noir concerning a pair of innocent taxi drivers (Henry Fonda and Alan Baxter) railroaded to the death house for a robbery-homicide. An early standout performance by Fonda receives stellar support from costar Maureen O’Sullivan, along with a well-crafted script (by Anthony Veiller and Allen Rivkin), photography (Lucien Ballard) and superior direction by noir maestro John Brahm.


THE STRANGER
1946, Park Circus/MGM, 95 min, USA, Dir: Orson Welles

Director Orson Welles’ suspenseful study of an escaped Nazi war criminal (played by Welles himself) living in a small Connecticut town, who is pursued by a federal agent (Edward G. Robinson) to a no-holds-barred climax. Loretta Young gives one of her finest screen performances as Welles’ unsuspecting wife. Ironically, this was Welles’ most successful film at the box office.


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