The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Director: John Huston
Screenplay: Ben Maddow and John Huston from a novel by W.R. Burnett
Stars: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, John McIntire, Marc Lawrence, Barry Kelley, Anthony Caruso and Marilyn Monroe.
The Pitch: “Hey, John Huston wants to make The Asphalt Jungle!”
Tagline: The City Under the City
The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
Ex-con, “Doc” Riedenschneider (Jaffe) brings together a team for a $750,000 heist. Even though the job goes sideways, they get away with the money. Then the double-crosses start.
Marilyn Monroe has a bit part — she wasn’t even listed in movie poster credits on the film’s initial release — but she made such an impact future posters featured her prominently. The Asphalt Jungle made Marilyn a star!
John Huston with another classic!