Here's the lovely Ms. Monroe, wreathed in a halo of cigarette smoke, in John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle (1950). Louis Calhern, opposite, plays her embattled sugar daddy. Both this and Stanley Kubrick's The Killing can be seen via Netflix streaming as of the time of writing, and together they make an impressive film-noir double feature. A common link -- besides genre and the guiding hand of two major American directors -- is the presence of Sterling Hayden, who plays a mastermind in one film and a hired thug in the other. Hayden is almost as remarkable a specimen as Monroe herself -- with his lanky, athletic bulk, cold penetrating eyes, and distinctive husky growl, he seems to have been spawned between the pages of a Jim Thompson novel.