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One, Two, Three (1961) dir: Billy Wilder Blu Ray (Eureka!)

James Cagney plays a Coca-Cola executive stationed in Cold War-era Berlin who lands in hot water while looking after his boss's unruly teenage daughter Scarlett (Pamela Tiffin). The result is an underrated, rapid-fire farce. Also starring Horst Buchholz and Arlene Francis.

One, Two, Three (1961) directed by Billy Wilder

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The Virgin Soldiers (1969) starring Lynn Redgrave Blu Ray (Indicator)

Hywel Bennett plays a young British soldier on National Service in Singapore in 1951. While the threat of being killed in action hangs over him, he would clearly rather spend his time getting laid with Ms. Redgrave. A surprisingly effective mixture of ribald comedy and anti-war parable.

The Virgin Soldiers (1969)

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A Dandy in Aspic (1968) dir: Anthony Mann Blu Ray (Indicator)

Director Mann's swansong was completed by star Laurence Harvey when the former passed away before the end of filming. It is overly convoluted but maintains a strange atmosphere of paranoia. Also starring Tom Courtenay, Mia Farrow, Harry Andrews and Peter Cook.

Mia Farrow in A Dandy in Aspic

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Irma La Douce (1963) dir: Billy Wilder Blu Ray (Eureka!)

A love affair between a highly-reputed Parisian prostitute (Shirley MacLaine) and an ill-starred police officer (Jack Lemmon) results in farcical complications. It may not be amongst Wilder's absolute best but it's still a lot more enjoyable than its reputation suggests.

Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in Irma La Douce

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Sink the Bismarck! (1960) dir: Lewis Gilbert Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This earnest, stiff-upper-lip WWII drama takes time to count the human cost of war. There's enough tactical tension here to make up for the fact that the battle sequences make extensive use of obvious miniatures. Kenneth More and Dana Wynter give fine performances.

Kenneth More in Sink the Bismarck!

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The Third Secret (1964) dir: Charles Crichton Blu Ray (Indicator)

This intriguing psychological drama has some good scenes and performances but tends to drag at times. Pamela Franklin is a highlight here as an intelligent and outspoken adolescent girl. Also starring Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Richard Attenborough, Diane Cilento and Judi Dench.

Stephen Boyd in The Third Secret (1964)

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Tokyo Drifter (1966) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

Seijun Suzuki's style-over-substance cult classic Yakuza flick comes the closest that any film ever has to what a manga comic book would be like had it been turned into live action rather than animation. Starring Tetsuya Watari and Chieko Matsubara.

Tokyo Drifter (1966)

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Psyche 59 (1964) starring Patricia Neal Blu Ray (Indicator)

This adaptation of a novel by Françoise des Ligneris makes for strange and uncomfortable viewing but doesn't really succeed as a psychological thriller. The performances are generally good, especially Patricia Neal, Samantha Eggar and Beatrix Lehmann.

Curd Jürgens and Patricia Neal in Psyche 59

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Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

It’s the film which was meant to reunite director Robert Aldrich with What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. When the latter dropped out, Olivia de Havilland replaced her. While not as original as its predecessor, it takes the gothic delirium that bit further.

Bette Davis with gun in Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte

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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) Blu Ray (Arrow)

Two couples flirt tentatively with polyamorous relationships in a comedy which feels like a time capsule of the era, and yet still offers much in the way of laughs and food for thought. It stars Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon.

Natalie Wood in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

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