PLAYGIRL
1954, Universal, 85 min, Dir: Joseph Pevney

A New York chanteuse (Shelley Winters) tries to wise up her corn-fed friend (Coleen Miller) to the realities of city life but matters quickly spiral out of control. Shelley’s neighbor (Gregg Palmer) works for a scandal rag and her playboy friend (Richard Long) is little more than a pimp. Meanwhile, Winters warbles on the bandstand between trysts with her married boyfriend (Barry Sullivan). This lurid Joe Pevney-helmed melodrama has been vaulted for over half a century. Don’t miss its coming-out party!


THE GLASS WEB
1953, Universal, 81 min, USA, Dir: Jack Arnold

Before emerging as one of the 1950s’ top sci-fi directors, Jack Arnold (CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON) turned his attention to film noir for this tense drama set in the then-new world of television. John Forsythe and Edward G. Robinson star as head writer and researcher, respectively, on a true-crime TV program. Both men are involved with femme fatale Kathleen Hughes; when she is murdered, the case is chosen for the season finale – but will the script reveal her real killer?


DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN
1972, Park Circus/MGM, 89 min, Dir: Robert Fuest

Vincent Price returns in the title role, arising from suspended animation three years after the events of the first film and still determined to resurrect his beloved wife. But the ancient Egyptian scrolls he needs to revive her have been stolen by a rival (Robert Quarry), whose team is targeted for elaborately staged death by the diabolical doctor. With Peter Cushing and Peter Jeffrey (in a wonderful comic turn as a pursuing police inspector).


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