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The Vicious Circle
(1957) John Mills is tricked by an alleged film producer into meeting a film star at the airport, only to find her dead on his floor the next day...John Mills stars as a Harley Street doctor framed for murder in this British thriller directed by Gerald Thomas
There's a somewhat different role for John Mills in this low-budget thriller, made in between his better known turns in Above Us The Waves (1955) and Ice Cold In Alex (1958).

The History Of Mr Polly
(1949) HG Wells' story of humble clerk John Mills, who deserts his wife and goes off to find happiness as the handyman at a country inn.A mild mannered man decides to rid himself of his nagging wife and mundane job by taking to the road and relocating to a country inn. Comic drama starring John Mills, Sally Ann Howes and Megs Jenkins, and directed by Anthony Pelissier
History Of Mr Polly Although many of HG Wells fantasy-based novels (War Of The Worlds, The Time Machine, The Island Of Dr Moreau), have been adapted for the silver screen, not much attention has been paid to the celebrated author's realism. British director Anthony Pelissier successfully adapts the low key Wells story The History Of Mr Polly in this charming black and white film released in 1949 (an earlier cinematic version of the novel starring Charles Laughton was aborted due to the onset of World War II).

A Letter to Three Wives
(1949) A witty and mordant comedy-drama which won Oscars for both direction and screenplay for Joseph L Mankiewicz.Three wives in up-market suburbia along the Hudson River are about to leave their comfortable homes for a day out. A commentary (by the wonderful Holm) in the form of a letter to each states that the sender has run off with the husband of one of them. Cue anguish, an examination of their marriages and the dreadful realization that it could be any of them. Mankiewicz received an Oscar and went on to fame and fortune. Over written as always in his case, but the superb cast relish the lines and it becomes a true ensemble piece of smart entertainment.

K19: The Widowmaker
(2002) Kathryn Bigelow's tense film stars Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson as the commander of Russia's first nuclear submarine and his executive officer.Kathryn Bigelow directs this long-haul on a Soviet sub, with vying captains Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson having to contend with a potential reactor meltdown. "Inspired by actual events"
K-19: The Widowmaker Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow has had an undeniably interesting career. One of the few women in a male-dominated environment - that of big-buck Hollywood directing - she has made cult movies (Near Dark), action movies (Point Break), thought-provoking sci-fi (Strange Days) and even sort of art house (the duff The Weight Of Water). With the cumbersomely titled K-19: The Widowmaker she turns her attention to the submarine movie.

Clear and Present Danger
(1994) Harrison Ford returns as CIA agent Jack Ryan in Phillip Noyce's all-action thriller - the third film based on Thomas Clancy's novels.The third Jack Ryan outing sees Harrison Ford's CIA analyst playing politics and battling Columbian drug dealers. Action thriller co-starring Willem Dafoe
Flabby, overblown and pretentious, Jack Ryan's third cinematic outing (but only Ford's second in the role) very nearly killed off the franchise. It took radical surgery - with Ford being dropped in favour of Ben Affleck as a younger, more vigorous version of the CIA analyst in 2002's Sum Of All Fears to save Tom Clancy's hero.

(2005) Deranged adultery in a 1950s psychiatric hospital is the subject of British director David Mackenzie's drama.Deranged adultery in a 1950s psychiatric hospital is the subject of British director David Mackenzie's drama. Ian McKellen and Natasha Richardson star
Scottish director David Mackenzie seems to like the 1950s, perhaps because of the sexual repression that marked that period in Britain, and the dramatic mileage to be derived from characters busting out of the box. As with his 2003 film Young Adam, Asylum is set in the 1950s, is based on a novel (by Patrick McGrath, who also wrote the source novel for Cronenberg's Spider) and features sex and adultery. But while Young Adam was a deserved critical success, Asylum really does suffer from a rush of blood to the head (or should that be the groin) and too rarely rises above its preposterous conceit.

Black Widow
(1987) Satisfying, clever noir - with Debra Winger as a Justice department agent investigating the deaths of several rich old men.Debra Winger's DA is drawn into Theresa Russell's web of murderous intrigue
Russell and Winger, who have to be two of the most under-rated actresses around, are the sparring partners in this clever little thriller. Russell plays a serial hubby-hunter who kills off her sugar daddies once she's wormed her way into their wills. She's chased by Winger's DA - a scruffy, self-conscious workaholic whose professionalism falters in the dazzle of her prey's glamorous lifestyle and overt sexuality. The film's success is largely down to Rafelson's menacing direction and Winger's convincing struggle with temptation.

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