My Laugh Comes Last
The book My Laugh Comes Last was made into the movie The Set Up.
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The movie was released in 1995 and directed by John Huston, Joseph H. Lewis and Edward Dmytryk, who also directed Under the Volcano (1984), Prizzi's Honor (1985) and Victory (1995)Under the Volcano (1984), Prizzi's Honor (1985) and Victory (1995)Under the Volcano (1984), Prizzi's Honor (1985) and Victory (1995). The Set Up was produced by Warner Home Video. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.
Actors on this movie include 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 (IV), Pat Flaherty, Joseph Darr Smith, Wilson Wood, Gene Evans and Eloise Hardt.
Of course, none of these movies were made as "film noir." The term was coined later by French critics to describe the moody, anxious feel of postwar American movies, especially the genre that highlighted duplicitous dames and susceptible men lost in the criminal jungle. Indeed, the title The Asphalt Jungle conveys the edgy urban arena of these pictures. That film is John Huston's masterly 1950 account of a heist, with Sterling Hayden the disenchanted, noirish hero. Joseph H. Lewis's Gun Crazy (1949) is one of the most supercharged (and sexually perverse) of noir films, with John Dall and Peggy Cummins as young criminals in love. Murder, My Sweet (1944) is a straight adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel Farewell, My Lovely. Amid the film's shadowy chiaroscuro, former musical comedy star Dick Powell makes a career-changing transition as Chandler's private dick, Philip Marlowe. Out of the Past puts Robert Mitchum (perhaps the quintessential noir actor) in trouble with gangster Kirk Douglas, complicated by classic femme fatale Jane Greer. Jacques Tourneur provides the evocative direction. And The Set-Up plays out an ingenious boxing tale in "real time," superbly enacted by (former boxer) Robert Ryan. --Robert Horton