Just discovered this shot from the set of  one of my favourite movies, “THE SET UP” (1949)

Looks like director Robert Wise is showing Audrey Totter  how to pray!

Robert Ryan fixes his tie as he looks on.

Wise had just tackled Noir in  BORN TO KILL in 1947 and  westerns in BLOOD ON THE MOON in 1948.

A year after “The Set Up”, he would do another classic in the genre of sci-fi – THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.

Small wonder Mr. Wise didn’t remain an editor for very long.



4 responses »

    • It is terrific! Not a second wasted. Ryan deserved Oscar nod and I love seeing Audrey Totter in rare sympathetic part.

  1. I just watched “I Want to Live” (1958) starring Susan Hayward (Best Actress) — and directed by Robert Wise who received his first nomination for Best Director.

    (Some may wonder why he didn’t receive recognition for the earlier films mentioned in your post.)

    “I Want to Live” is a fictionalized account of the trial and execution of Barbara Graham. The New York Times said that Wise captured the “stunning mastery of the staccato realistic style of film noir.”

    The movie is compelling.

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