Regardless of what our dear host Niki D. thinks, this is one of the great harbingers of the sci-fi explosion of the 1950's! A story line that has been used over and over again—a small group trapped in a secluded area with a vicious monster on the prowl—seldom done better than in this film, directed by Christian Nyby and over-lorded by the redoubtable Howard Hawks! IMDb entry
In "the last great B&W action movie," bruised anti-hero Paul Labiche, portrayed by the ever-great Burt Lancaster, rescues a train-load of impressionist paintings from a mean old Nazi bad guy, played with depth and aplomb by the amazing Paul Scofield, one year away from his Academy Award for A Man for All Seasons. John Frankenheimer beautifully plays the human emotions against the iron and steam of the trains themselves, creating a powerful film about the triumph of the will.
On a very Special Episode of Filmically Perfect, Niki and JT discuss the role of The Library of Congress in Film Preservation with Geo., who is their "inside man" at the new National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, VA. IMDb entry
John Huston's entry into the stable of post-war films about desperate losers is this grimy, tough-as-mails crime drama which would seem much more at home at Warner Bros. than the high-falutin' MGM studio. Nevertheless, it is a great work, enlivened by brilliant portrayals from Sterling Hayden, Sam Jaffe, Marc Lawrence (particularly wonderful as the swarthy "Cobby"), Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Louis Calhern and the blonde gal seen below—I wonder whatever became of her? IMDb e