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Music Box to celebrate noir icon Robert Ryan

Music Box to celebrate noir icon Robert Ryan

On screen, there always was something unsettling and unsettled behind Robert Ryan's eyes. Tall (6-foot-4), formidable, with a voice somewhere between soothing and scarily resigned, he was perfect for post-World War II film noirs and westerns. He made a lot of fine ones, and his performances, often elevating the stereotype of the heavy, didn't offer an escape from the real world. Instead he was the real world, dark corners and all. His greatest work — in "Crossfire," "Act of Violence," "Caught," "On Dangerous Ground," "The Naked Spur," "Billy Budd," "The Wild Bunch" and his sterling farewell, "The...

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