The Asphalt Jungle (1950), which gave Marilyn her first important role, heads up Lisa Durant’s list of the Best Movie Robberies at Asap Land today.
“The film that made school, giving the coordinates for all subsequent films. The Asphalt Jungle doesn’t have such a spectacular robbery in itself, but all the preparation for stealing the jewels, the multifaceted characters and the team put together have set a standard for caper movies. John Huston codified a genre, somehow creating the ‘whole band’ and making an extraordinary noir, where robbery seems the ultimate goal but in reality it is only the beginning. Ah, he also launched Marilyn Monroe’s career.”