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Saturday Night at the Movies


1 The Way Ahead (1944) – David Niven,Stanley Holloway


“The Way Ahead” is a British Second World War drama released in 1944. It stars David Niven and Stanley Holloway and follows a group of civilians who are conscripted into the British Army to fight in North Africa. In the U.S., an edited version was released as “The Immortal Battalion”. The film was written by Eric Ambler and Peter Ustinov and directed by Carol Reed. The three had originally produced the 1943 training film “The New Lot”, which was produced for the Army Kinematograph Service. “The Way Ahead” was an expanded remake of their earlier film, this time intended for a commercial audience. The two films featured some of the same actors, including John Laurie, Raymond Huntley and Peter Ustinov.MORE AT LINK

2  The St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959) [Film Noir] – Steve McQueen

The St. Louis Bank Robbery” (also called “The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery”, the film title in the opening credits) is a 1959 heist film shot in black and white. The noir film stars Steve McQueen as a college dropout hired to be the getaway driver in a bank robbery. The film is based on a 1953 bank robbery attempt of Southwest Bank in St. Louis. The film was shot on location in St. Louis and some of the men and woman from the St. Louis Police Department, as well as local residents and bank employees, play the same parts they did in the actual robbery attempt. MORE AT LINK

3 The Unseen – Joel McCrea, Gail Russell, Herbert Marshall

The Unseen is a 1945 America film noir mystery film directed by Lewis Allen and starring Joel McCrea. It is based on the novel Midnight House (US title: Her Heart in Her Throat) by Ethel Lina White.

The film was Paramount’s follow-up vehicle to The Uninvited (1944), in which star Gail Russell surged to popularity.

Raymond Chandler was one of the writers of the script. MORE AT LINK


Johnny O’Clock (1947) [Film Noir] – Dick Powell, Lee J.Cobb,Evelyn Keyes


Johnny O’Clock is a 1947 American film noir crime film written and directed by Robert Rossen, based on a story by Milton Holmes. The drama features Dick Powell, Evelyn Keyes, and Lee J. Cobb, with Jeff Chandler making his film debut in a small role MORE AT LINK

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