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Genres: Crime , Film-Noir , Drama
Actors: Sterling Hayden , Louis Calhern , Jean Hagen , James Whitmore , Sam Jaffe , John McIntire , Marc Lawrence , Barry Kelley , Anthony Caruso , Teresa Celli , Marilyn Monroe , William ‘Wee Willie’ Davis , Dorothy Tree , Brad Dexter , John Maxwell
Director: John Huston
Country: United States
Year: 1950
IMDB Rating: 7.9/10 (12256 votes)

‘Doc’ Riedenschneider, legendary crime ‘brain’ just out of prison, has a brilliant plan for a million-dollar burglary. To pull it off, he recruits safecracker Louis, driver Gus, financial backer Emmerich, and strong-arm man Dix Handley. At first the plan goes like clockwork, but little accidents accumulate and each partner proves to have his own fatal weakness. In the background is a pervasive, grimy urban malaise.

Film Review

I thought this movie was pretty good, not the best, but pretty good. The story was really good but throughout the whole movie I couldn't tell who the main character was, it seemed to be switching the whole time. Sterling Hayden I suppose is the main character because he is in the last shot and the climax kinda falls around him, but I think the main character is the doctor who he was partners with. He does such an amazing job acting in this movie and steals every scene he is put into. I know this movie is a film noir but it didn't feel dark enough to me. The plot just followed around a heist and people trying to scam one another but there wasn't any real darkness or betrayal in this movie, in my opinion.

I was thinking about my summary line quote as it applied to the principal characters, and was struck by the way Sterling Hayden's Dix Handley came out of the picture. His vice, if you can call it that, was playing the small time hooligan with a desire to make it back home to reacquire the family horse farm. Yet in parting company with Doc Reidenschneider (Sam Jaffe), he didn't want any part of the stolen loot. There was something almost admirable about that and it puzzled me for the remainder of the story.Many reviewers here call this picture an exceptional example of film noir, and it has those elements to be sure, but I see it more as a caper film, one of the earliest of the genre that would eventually give rise to such modern day flicks as "Inside Man" and the 'Ocean' films. Today, the writing and cinematography produces a much slicker product, but it's hard to replace the kind of gritty realism found in Fifties era filmmaking done in stark black …

Coming at the end of the decade in 1950 – which effectively ended Hollywood's much cherished Golden Age – was MGM's THE ASPHALT JUNGLE. A superbly structured gritty crime drama it was one of the last of the great Noir thrillers. Produced for the studio by Arthur Hornblow Jr. from a novel by W.R. Burnett it was beautifully written for the screen by Ben Maddow and John Huston and outstandingly directed by Huston. The assembled cast couldn't be better even down to the smallest parts such as Ray Teal turning up as a patrolling policeman. The picture is notable also for an early appearance of Marilyn Monroe as the kittenish ingenue of shady lawyer Louis Calhern. Stylishly photographed in stunning black & white by Harold Rosson THE ASPHALT JUNGLE has joined the ranks, alongside "The Killers" (1946) and "Out Of The Past" (1947), as the finest Noir ever made.An old time criminal Doc Redinschneider (Sam Jaffe) has just been released from prison and has d…