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Nicholas Ray

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They Live By NightThey Live By Night (w/ Side Street) (1948-1950) Aro Favourite
Dir. Nicholas Ray, Anthony Mann
Feat. Farley Granger, Cathy O'Donnell
Nicholas Ray's terrific, heartfelt tragi–noir fluctuates between high tension and sweet romance, underpinning the fate of criminal lovers…
In a Lonely PlaceIn a Lonely Place (1950) Recommended
Dir. Nicholas Ray
Feat. Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame
Hot–headed Hollywood writer Humphrey Bogart is suspected of murder by his new girlfriend and old army pal detective. Gutsy psycho–drama…
On Dangerous GroundOn Dangerous Ground (1951) Aro Favourite
Dir. Nicholas Ray
Feat. Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond
Grimly rewarding noir, with real–life tough guy Robert Ryan in one of his best roles. As a cop helping with a protracted rural manhunt, he…
Lusty Men, TheLusty Men, The (1952)
Dir. Nicholas Ray
Feat. Susan Hayward, Robert Mitchum, Arthur Kennedy
A nicely close–to–the–ground take on the life of the rodeo rider – and one of Wim Wenders' favourite films – this…
Johnny GuitarJohnny Guitar (1953) Recommended
Dir. Nicholas Ray
Feat. Joan Crawford, Mercedes McCambridge, Sterling Hayden
Cowgirls Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge come head to head over the men they love in this wild Western soap opera, brimming with quirky…
Rebel Without a CauseRebel Without a Cause (1955) Recommended
Dir. Nicholas Ray
Feat. James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo
James Dean's intense portayal of an alienated youth from a wealthy family opened the eyes of a generation and catapulted him to stardom. One of the…
Bigger Than LifeBigger Than Life (1956) Aro Favourite
Dir. Nicholas Ray
Feat. James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau
Enormously potent, landmark melodrama is also a career high for James Mason: he plays a suburban family man struck down with a rare heart disease,…
Bitter VictoryBitter Victory (1957)
Dir. Nicholas Ray
Feat. Richard Burton, Curt Jurgens, Ruth Roman
Superior war drama is set around a WW2 mission by British commandos in North Africa, trying to retrieve vital papers from a German HQ before…
True Story of Jesse James, TheTrue Story of Jesse James, The (1957)
Dir. Nicholas Ray
Feat. Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Hope Lange
Remake of the 1939 film Jesse James, but hardly a true story, as it is only loosely based on the notorious outlaw's life and his relationship to…
Party GirlParty Girl (1958) Recommended
Dir. Nicholas Ray
Feat. Robert Taylor, Cyd Charisse, Lee J. Cobb
Delicious Nicholas Ray–directed potboiler finds bum–legged Robert Taylor trying to cut ties with the mob. A slinky Cyd Charisse (tearing…

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