Annotation:The Set-up (1949, 73 min) is directed by Robert Wise and stars Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, and George Tobias. It was originally released by RKO Radio Pictures on April 2, 1949.
Annotation:The Hitch-Hiker (1953, 71 min) is directed by Ida Lupino and stars Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman. It was originally released by RKO Radio Pictures on March 30, 1953. The film is the first American film noir directed by a woman; in 1949 Norwegian director Edith Carlmar made the lesser known Døden er et kjærtegn AKA Death is a Caress.
Annotation:The Killing (1956, 85 min) is directed by Stanley Kubrick and stars Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, and Vince Edwards. The film's estimated budget was $320k.
Annotation:Touch of Evil (1958, 95 min) is directed by Orson Welles and stars Charlton Heston, Orson Welles and Janet Leigh. The film's estimated budget was $829k. It was released by Universal Pictures on a double bill with The Female Animal.
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B-movies were short, low budget pictures screened before the main attraction. The landmark antitrust suit United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc., 334 US 131, in 1948, brought about an end to this practice of "block booking" and Hollywood's studio system. This list was compiled by Thomas Knowlton, Senior Librarian at Mid-Manhattan Library.
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