John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle tops a list of great heist movies compiled by Joe Holleman in St Louis Today. In this classic thriller, Marilyn played Angela Phinlay, the young mistress of a corrupt businessman (Louis Calhern.) It was Marilyn’s first ‘big break’, and she remembered the experience with pride.
The Asphalt Jungle (1950): A fabulous film noir directed by John Huston, this is a tight, dark look at an ex-con trying to set up one more big job — a jewelry-store heist — after getting out of prison. Sterling Hayden is excellent in the lead, with great support from James Whitmore and Sam Jaffe. Marilyn Monroe has a small role.
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