The Asphalt Jungle // Directed by John Huston Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr. Screenplay by Ben Maddow John Huston Story by W. R. Burnett Starring Sterling Hayden Louis Calhern Jean Hagen James Whitmore Sam Jaffe Marilyn Monroe Music by Miklós Rózsa Cinematography Harold Rosson Editing by George Boemler Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Release date(s) May 23, 1950
'Doc' Riedenschneider, legendary crime 'brain' just out of prison, has a brilliant plan for a million-dollar burglary. To pull it off, he recruits safecracker Louis, driver Gus, financial backer Emmerich, and strong-arm man Dix Handley. At first the plan goes like clockwork, but little accidents accumulate and each partner proves to have his own fatal weakness. In the background is a pervasive, grimy urban malaise.