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THE ASPHALT JUNGLE
January 1, 2013  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 10:00 p.m. ET

 
This 1950 movie, directed by John Huston, is fun to watch because it's such a prototypical film noir, and because its plot - of a daring robbery and what happens afterward - has been borrowed by so many other subsequent films, including Reservoir Dogs. But watch, too, for the actress who stars, playing Doll Conovan, opposite Sterling Hayden.  She's Jean Hagen, who's much more familiar from comedy roles - especially as Danny Thomas' wife in Make Room for Daddy, and as Lina Lamont, the silent movie star with the horrible singing voice, in Singin' in the Rain.
 
 
 
 
 
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