The Asphalt Jungle - John Huston (1950)




Some pictures taken from the final scenes of the movie The Asphalt Jungle by John Huston (1950), a classic of the American cinema.


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The Asphalt Jungle - Scans

The girl    
     and "The professor" (Doc)
and the juke-box    
    and the joy to dance
It's jazz music ...   ... swingin' jazz music
Another world ...    
... another life    
A dream ...   ... Beauty and youth



Director: John Huston / Screenplay: John Huston, Ben Maddow, from the book "The Asphalt Jungle" by W.R. Burnett.

 Actors and characters

Sterling Hayden (Dix Handley), Louis Calhern (Alonzo D. Emmerich), Jean Hagen (Doll Conovan),
James Whitmore (Gus Minissi), Sam Jaffe ("Doc"), Anthony Caruso (Louis Ciavelli), Teresa Celli (Maria Ciavelli), Brad Dexter (Bob Brannom), Gene Evans (Poliziotto), Barry Kelley (Dietrich), Marc Lawrence (Cobby), John Maxwell (Dr. Swanson), John McIntire (Commissario Hardy), Marilyn Monroe (Angela Phinlay), Dorothy Tree (May Emmerich)


Maybe the first movie about "the job of the life". Doc, "the professor" while in prison planned a perfect robbery and when he exits he organizes the job. Doc is extremely precise, each detail is studied and tested, and when the job starts everything seems to proceed the right way, but for an unlucky coincidence just at the end, all the robbers are captured or killed. Only Doc succeeds to escape, but when he had entered a bar to take something before to disappear definitely, he meets a girl and his boy-friend, and he stares there, to admire "the sweet bird of youth", he knows that probably in this way his escape will end, but he can't stop to watch ...


Composed by Miklós Rózsa, based on jazz and specifically be-bop style pieces. Many other important soundtrack for Rózsa:The Thief of Bagdad, King Of The Kings, , Quo Vadis?, Ivanohe, three times Oscar winner for Ben Hur (1959), The Private Life Of Sherlok Holmes by Billy Wilder (1971) and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974).


© Alberto Truffi / Music-Graffiti 2012