Tag: Burt Lancaster

Episode 45: Desert Fury

, with special guest:

Desert FuryThis week, we are joined by Matthew Kessen for a very rare screening of Desert Fury!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode… if you can. This is sadly a very difficult movie to track down right now. We were lucky enough to see an actual film print at The Heights Theater. If you are truly determined, the movie has been released on DVD overseas and copies can often be found on Amazon. You can also probably find downloadable copies online, if you know where to look.

Please join us again on April 7th, when we continue with another color noir with Chinatown!

Desert Fury (1947)
Desert Fury poster Rating: 6.7/10 (918 votes)
Director: Lewis Allen
Writer: Robert Rossen (screenplay), Ramona Stewart (novel)
Stars: John Hodiak, Lizabeth Scott, Burt Lancaster, Wendell Corey
Runtime: 96 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 15 Aug 1947
Plot: The daughter of a Nevada casino owner gets involved with a racketeer, despite everyone's efforts to separate them.

Episode 40: Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of SuccessIn this week’s episode, we have MANY THINGS TO SAY about Sweet Smell of Success!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because it has one of the sharpest, most cynical scripts in all cinema history. This film can currently be seen streaming on FilmStruck, iTunes, and DirecTV.

Please join us again on January 21st, when we take on The Manchurian Candidate!

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Sweet Smell of Success poster Rating: 8.2/10 (23,966 votes)
Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Writer: Clifford Odets (screenplay), Ernest Lehman (screenplay), Ernest Lehman (novel)
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner
Runtime: 96 min
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 04 Jul 1957
Plot: Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.