The American Dream gets drop kicked in Joseph Losey’s existential thriller about a psycho cop’s obsession with a lonely housewife whose hubby he plots to kill. The sisyphusian ending takes place in‚ the ghost town of Calico, since refurbished as a tourist attraction. Out of circulation for many years, this major noir was recently restored through the efforts of the Film Noir Foundation. Robert Aldrich and Don Weis were the assistant directors.
About Jonathan Kaplan
NYU grad and 40-episode ER producer-director Jonathan Kaplan began his career at Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, moving on to AIP and the majors with acclaimed films like Over the Edge, Heart Like a Wheel and The Accused, which won Jodie Foster a Best actress Oscar. His iconic action credits include Truck Turner, White Line Fever and Unlawful Entry. Jonathan is the son of film composer Sol Kaplan and nephew of actor Van Heflin. Proudly continuing his career trajectory toward The News in Welsh, Kaplan has just wrapped a basic cable “Jiggle Show” where all the men who audition [and there are only young men] must do so topless so the Network can determine if the boys are sufficiently “ripped” to be rewarded the role. Kaplan says, in keeping with his credo that one should learn something from every gig: ”I can confidently report that 6-out-of-10 actors under 30 clearly prefer Calvin Klein.”