By David in TN
[NS: I apologize to David, who sent me this Thursday night, for not punctually posting it.]
Eddie Muller's final Friday Night Summer of Darkness is Friday night, July 31. His four films are Criss Cross, Brute Force, Desperate and The Asphalt Jungle.
Criss Cross is after The Killers, another Burt Lancaster portrayal of a sap who lets a woman lead him to his doom. It shows what Los Angeles and its population looked like in 1948.
Brute Force has Lancaster in a prison break movie. It's one of those films that makes you think, "I didn't know there were so many nice people in prison."
Desperate is a favorite of mine and a noir trope. A working man gets himself involved in a crime. Raymond Burr easily plays the heavy, several years before he became Perry Mason.
The Asphalt Jungle is possible the most famous noir Caper film and Marilyn Monroe's first major role.