The Asphalt Jungle movie review, John Huston, Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, John McIntire, Marilyn Monroe. Review by Jeffrey M. Anderson

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"Shadows, Lies & Private Eyes:
The Film Noir Collection Vol. 1"

"Shadows, Lies & Private Eyes:
The Film Noir Collection Vol. 1"
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By Jeffrey M. Anderson
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Read Jeffrey's reviews of each film (and its features) in the terrific "Shadows, Lies & Private Eyes" box set...

"Asphalt Jungle"
Perhaps the first heist film to concentrate on the details of the robbery -- previously considered too "boring" for the movies -- and then the brutal aftermath...

"Gun Crazy"
In telling his story of two lovers on the run, director Joseph H. Lewis uses a startling immediacy not found in any other films at the time....

"Murder, My Sweet"
Director Edward Dmytryk (creates) nifty shadows and dark rooms for his shady characters...

"Out of the Past"
Director Jacques was a master of shadows and darkness, and he was more suited to noir than just about anyone else...

"The Set-Up"
The overall effect captures the seedy atmosphere of boxing, so alluring and repellent at the same time.

**** out of ****

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