Unit 7 Films

The Killing (1956) - A film by Stanley Kubrick about crooks who plan and execute a daring racetrack robbery. It is an example of a heist movie where things get progressively worse. It starts out with small mistakes and leads to the eventual downfall of the entire operation. After getting out of prison, Johnny Clay masterminds a complex race-track heist, but his scheme is complicated by the intervention of the wife of a teller (George Peatty) in on the scheme, the boyfriend of the wife, airport regulations, and a small dog.

Sunset Boulevard (1950) - A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity. The woman is slowly going more and more insane as she believes that everyone still remembers her in her young acting days and she thinks that she will still be able to make film with her old director. Directed by Billy Wilder and starring William Holden, Gloria Swanson and Erich von Stroheim. It was adapted to a Tony-winning broadway show that was very successful. The actor Erich von Stroheim was actually a notable director during the silent film era in the 1920s like the character he portrays. In reality he was unwilling to compromise his artistic freedoms and faded from the spotlight.

Detour (1945) - Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble. A film noir classic that stars Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake and Edmund MacDonald. The movie was adapted by Martin Goldsmith and Martin Mooney (uncredited) from Goldsmith's novel and was directed by Edger G. Ulmer. The 68-minute film was released by the Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC), one of the so-called "poverty row" film studios in mid-twentieth century Hollywood.

Laura (1944) - A police detective must investigate the murder of a model. During the investigation, he finds that almost everyone that he interviewed was also in love with Laura and begins to fall in love with her as well. One night when he falls asleep on the couch in Laura's apartment, he is awoken by someone coming home. It is revealed that Laura is actually alive and that instead a different model was shot inside Laura's apartment. the detective finds Laura just as wonderful as he imagined her and falls even more in love with her. He solves the murder and figures out that the person meant to kill Laura because he couldn't be with her but kill the other girl by accident.

Double Indemnity (1944) - Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray), an insurance rep, falls in love with a women, Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck), that he is trying to sell insurance with. She convinces him to insure her husbands life, kill him, and then collect on the insurance. The insurance claims manager, Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) senses that this is a fraud and investigates. Neff finds out that Phyllis is cheating on him and kills her, but suffers a bullet wound. He then returns to the insurance office and makes a recording that admits everything to Keyes, who hears what he is saying from outside and rushes in. Neff tries to leave but dies before he can reach the elevator.

In a Lonely Place (1950)- a drama film noir directed by Nicholas Ray, and starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame, produced for Bogart's Santana Productions.
Dixon "Dix" Steele (Humphrey Bogart) is a down-on-his-luck screenwriter who has not had a hit "since before the war." While driving to meet his agent, Mel Lippman, at a nightclub, Dix's explosive temper is revealed at a stop light along the way. At the nightclub, Mel cajoles him to adapt a book for a movie. The hat-check girl, Mildred Atkinson, is engrossed in reading it and asks if she can finish, since she only has a few pages left. A second violent outburst occurs when a young director bad-mouths Dix's washed-up actor friend Charlie.

The Maltese Falcon (1941) - Directed by, John Huston, The Maltese Falcon is about a private detective that takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, and gorgeous liar Mary Astor. Through their quest for a priceless statuette. one of the most popular and best classic detective mysteries ever made, and many film historians consider it the first in the dark film noir genre in Hollywood. It leaves the audience with a distinctly down-beat conclusion and bitter taste. The low-budget film reflects the remarkable directorial debut of John Huston, who efficiently and skillfully composed and filmed this American classic for Warner Bros. studios, with great dialogue, deceitful characters, and menacing scenes.

The Asphalt Jungle (1950) - Just released from prison, 'Doc' Riedenschneider, the legendary "connoisseur or crime" has a brilliant plan for what could turn out to be a 7-digit burglary. To make it happen, he hires safe-cracker Louis, driver Gus, financial advisor Emmerich, and a mountain of a man, Dix Handley. At first the plan runs like clockwork, but little accidents here and there accumulate, and each partner proves to have his own fatal shortcoming that lead to the ultimate demise of the players and the plan as a whole. Starring Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, Marilyn Monroe. Directed by John Huston.