Strange, and a little bit cruel, Murder by Contract methodically follows a contract hitman from his first day on the job through its tragic completion. The catch is that she's a woman, and even our measured Claude (Vince Edwards) can't bring himself to do the deed. It's a brisk 80 minutes and definitely worth a peek.
Stellar Kubrick film noir. Underrated crime thriller -- one of his great, early works. Sterling Hayden shines (as he would years later in Dr. Strangelove) as a criminal mastermind who schemes to rob a horse track on race day. Intricately plotted and with nothing left to chance, he almost gets away with it.