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Murder Inc. (1960)

Directed by Burt Balaban and Stuart Rosenberg. Cast: Stuart Whitman, May Britt, Henry Morgan, Peter Falk, David J. Stewart, Simon Oakland. In the violent burroughs of 1930s New york, gangs spawned by Prohibition have found new work ... as racketeers and contract killers. The most vicious of these is Murder, Inc., the merciless Brownsville, Brooklyn syndicate. As their reign of terror spreads, only one cop has the nerve to methodically track them down, determined to destroy them by any means necessary! Based on the true-life book of lawman Burton Turkus. 103 min.min.

Naked Among Wolves (Nackt unter Wolfen ) (East Germany, 1962)

Directed by Frank Beyer; Cast: Erwin Geschonneck, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Krystyn Wojcik, Fred Delmare, Viktor Awdjuschko, Gerry Wolf, Erik S. Klein. Based on true events, this is the first German film devoted to life and death in a concentration camp. It tells the story of organized resistance by political prisoners in the Buchenwald concentration camp. When one of the prisoners smuggles a child into a camp, the men are faced with the question of how many lives may be endangered in order to save the life of the child. Based on the novel by Bruno Apitz. 124 min.

Never on a Sunday (Pote tin Kyriaki) (Greece, 1960)

Directed by Jules Dassin. Cast: Melina Mercouri, Jules Dassin, George Foundas, Titos Vandis, Mitsos Lygizos, Dimitri Papamichael, Alexis Solomos. The Pygmalion-like story of a Greek prostitute and the American who decides to educate her in the hope that she will abandon her streetwalking. 93 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Nothin' But a Man (1964)

Directed by Michael Roemer. Cast: Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln,Julius Harris, Gloria Foster. Set against the stirrings of thecivil rights movement and a rising wave of burgeoning Black pride.This tells the story of Duff, a railroad section hand who is forcedto confront racial prejudice and self-denial when he falls in lovewith Josie, an educated preacher's daughter. An uplifting storyabout a man and a woman whose love overcomes racial and classbarriers.

Ocean's Eleven (1960)

Directed by Lewis Milestone. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin,Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Angie Dickinson. Frank Sinatra andDean Martin don blackface disguises, to the "amusement" of partnerSammy Davis, Jr. 127 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Pressure Point (1962)

Directed by Hubert Cornfield. Cast: Sidney Poitier, BobbyDarin, Peter Falk, Carl Benton Reid. An African Americanpsychiatrist is charged with treating a hate filled young man who'sbeen jailed for sedition. As he probes the patient's nightmares,the psychiatrist realizes his twisted vision masks a lust forviolence. But the inmate has become a model prisoner, and unlessthe doctor can convince officials that he's daugerous, he'll soonbe back on the street. 89 min.Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Purlie Victorious (1963)

Directed by Nicholas Webster. Cast: Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee,Sorrell Booke, Godfrey Cambridge, Alan Alda, Hilda Haynes. In thisfilm version of a successful stage play, a black preacher returnshome to rural Georgia to claim an inheritance and bring down theruthless plantation owner that he once served. He finds a surpriseally in the plantation owner's son. Religious hypocrisy, racialbigotry, civil rights issues and the changing Southern societybacked by forced integraton are subjects in this film (1963) thatcoincided with the turbulent social issues of the time. 99 min.

Putney Swope (1969)

Directed by Robert Downey. Cast: Arnold Johnson, Laura Greene,Buddy Butler, Anthony Fargas, Vincent Hamill, Lawrence Wolfe. Acomical satire which charts the rise and fall of a Madison Avenueadvertising agency previously controlled by Whites which is takenover by Blacks who are dedicated to the downfall of the WhiteEstablishment. The picture is mostly a parade of vignettes, dealingwith people and campaigns of the advertising world. 85 min. Credits andother information from the Internet Movie Database

Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)

Directed by Gordon Douglas. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Bing Crosby, Peter Falk, Barbara Rush, Victor Buono, Hank Henry. In prohibition-era Chicago, the corrupt sheriff and Guy Gisborne, a south-side racketeer, knock off the boss Big Jim. Everyone falls in line behind Guy except Robbo, who controls the north side. A lighthearted gangster spoof spirited along by guns, gags, tunes, and bootleg gin. 123 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Samson (Poland, 1961)

Directed by Andrzej Wajda. Cast: Kowalski, Irena Netto, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Jan Ibel. This Polish drama presents a psychological study of Jakub Gold, a Polish Jew imprisoned for killing a schoolmate in a brawl. He is released from prison at the outbreak of World War II, only to be confined to the Warsaw ghetto. Escaping the ghetto, he is still confined--by the fear of being Jewish in a world hostile to Jews. 115 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database