Thursday, November 29, 2018

Stanley Kubrick's The Killing (1956), is “One of the top ‘heist’ films of all time”



By David in TN
Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 9:57:00 P.M. EST


Planning the job: Elisha Cook Jr. at 11 o'clock, Sterling Hayden at a little bit right of 12 o'clock, and Jay C. Flippen at 3 o'clock

Sterling Hayden stars as an ex-con who masterminds a scheme to rob a race track of $2,000,000. He assembles a team of oddballs played by Jay C. Flippen, Elisha Cook Jr., Ted de Corsia, Joe Sawyer and Timothy Carey. With that bunch, you know something bad will happen.

Elisha Cook Jr. and Marie Windsor

Marie Windsor is Cook's unfaithful wife, who threatens to blow the scheme. Colleen Gray is Hayden's girlfriend, who waited for him through a prison term and hopes for the best.

Hayden and Gray

It concludes with a noirish ironic ending.


Film Noir Guide: “A close second to THE classic heist film, The Asphalt Jungle, Kubrick's The Killing is an eloquent masterpiece that cries out for multiple viewings.”


Carey sits in the car, while the crew works on the camera

N.S.: David had sent me this exactly one week ago:

James Edwards and Timothy Carey

TCM's Film Noir of the Week for Saturday Night-Sunday Morning at 12:45 a.m. ET (and 10 a.m. ET Sunday Morning) is Stanley Kubrick's The Killing (1956), one of the top “heist” films of all time.


Jay C. Flippen, left

I read it immediately, and looked forward to watching the picture, but then forgot to post David’s intro, and to watch the picture. Sorry, David.



When I see a movie intro from David, I’d better get it up immediately.



1 comment:

David In TN said...

TCM's Film Noir of the Week for Saturday Night-Sunday Morning at 12 am ET (and Sunday Morning at 10 am ET) is Crack-Up (1946). It features Pat O'Brien, Claire Trevor, Herbert Marshall, Ray Collins, and Wallace Ford.

Film Noir Guide: "Ex-G.I. O'Brien, who served as an art expert in postwar Germany exposing Nazi forgeries, now conducts art appreciation seminars at a New York museum. After he's arrested for breaking into the museum, seemingly while intoxicated, he tells detective Ford that he was aboard a train that was involved in a head-on collision with an oncoming train. After being dismissed as a kook because there have been no recent train wrecks, O'Brien investigates on his own and discovers that he holds the key to breaking up an art smuggling ring. Trevor plays his newspaper reporter girlfriend, Marshall is a mysterious art expert visiting the States from England, and Collins is a physician employed by the museum. The convoluted plot is difficult to follow, but O'Brien and Trevor are enjoyable and the photography so wonderfully eerie that you might not notice the holes in the script. Or if you do, you won't care."