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  • The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

FP054: "Crime is just a left-handed form of Human Endeavor..."

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?

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