The Asphalt Jungle (1950, 112 min.)
Directed by John Huston
Criminal mastermind Doc Erwin Riedenschneider (Sam Jaffe) blows into town with a caper that the local hoods can't resist. He sets up the deal with big-time lawyer Alonzo D. Emmerich (Louis Calhern) and chooses Dix Handley (Sterling Hayden) as the muscle for the job. Unfortunately, Emmerich is hatching a doublecross and plans to take the loot and skip with his mistress Angela Phinlay (Marilyn Monroe). The dark urban world of The Asphalt Jungle is one of the essential destinations in film noir.