Double Feature

Cape Fear (1962)

Return from the Ashes

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Cape Fear (1962)

In the indelible classic Cape Fear, Robert Mitchum takes sleaze to the level of artistry with his performance as paroled rapist Max Cady, who launches on a vengeance streak against the witness who put him away, upstanding lawyer and family man (Gregory Peck). The law can only do so much as Cady carefully toes its line, while still stalking and subtly threatening the family, focusing lecherously on the teenage daughter. Peck’s driven to implosive paranoia and hatches an elaborate plan, using his daughter as bait. A brilliantly loaded Cold War-era thriller, quite provocative then as now, it boasts not only one of the most memorable villains of all time, but also an electrifying Bernard Herrmann score.

“A cold-blooded, calculated build-up of sadistic menace and shivering dread is accomplished with frightening adroitness in J. Lee Thompson’s melodrama Cape Fear” – Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

“This supremely nasty thriller boasts great credentials: a source in John D MacDonald’s novel The Executioners, Mitchum as the sadistic villain, Peck as the epitome of threatened righteousness, seedy locations in the Southern bayous, and whooping music by Bernard Herrmann.” – Time Out

Marc Edward Heuck writes about Cape Fear on the New Beverly blog.

Chris D explores director J. Lee Thompson’s extensive career on the New Beverly blog.

Director
J. Lee Thompson
Starring
Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, Lori Martin, Martin Balsam, Jack Kruschen, Telly Savalas
Year
1962
Rated
Approved
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
105 minutes

Return from the Ashes

In the unsettling J. Lee Thompson thriller Return From The Ashes, world-class chess player and charming womanizer Stanislaw Pilgrin (Maximilian Schell) schemes for the fortune of his long-thought-dead wife Dr. Michele (Bergman muse Ingrid Thulin). Her reappearance sets in motion a dizzying series of lies and deceits not just between her and Stanislaw, but also involving her cold-hearted stepdaughter Fabi (Samantha Eggar), who wants her share of the money as well as Stanislaw for herself! This psychodrama, set in the shadow of a tragedy that upended so many identities, breathlessly pushes the limit on disbelief with its’ high-wire play-acting, much to the benefit of any viewer.

Marc Edward Heuck writes about Cape Fear on the New Beverly blog.

Chris D explores director J. Lee Thompson’s extensive career on the New Beverly blog.

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Director
J. Lee Thompson
Starring
Maximilian Schell, Samantha Eggar, Ingrid Thulin, Herbert Lom
Year
1965
Country
UK/USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
105 minutes

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