Cinema: The Long and the Short of It

The Ladd Co. fiddles with an epic while Sergio Leone burns

Manhattan, 1933. A pretty, blond woman walks alone into her darkened apartment. With a thrill of apprehension, Eve (Darlanne Fluegel) walks toward her big bed and slowly pulls down the top sheet. There, outlined in bullet holes, is the silhouette of her gangster lover, Noodles Aaronson. On the table beside her, Noodles' framed photograph is abruptly smashed by a burly hand. "Where is he?" demands the intruder. Eve doesn't know, but it doesn't matter: two bullets from a muted revolver send her reeling...

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